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Former Suns GM has heated Twitter exchange with ‘crooked, racist’ Phoenix councilman

Ryan McDonough, Suns

Former Phoenix Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough threw in some serious accusations against Phoenix councilman Sal DiCiccio. The pair of feuding parties took a jab at one another on Twitter on Friday after McDonough called DiCiccio a “crooked and racist” politician.

The ex-Suns executive thrashed DiCiccio for allegedly accepting illegal money from individuals associated with the Suns’ organization but still voted against the team’s request to create a new arena. 

The Arizona-based politician fired back and claimed the office of the City Attorney is already conducting an investigation regarding the sensitive matter. Ryan McDonough then criticized Sal DiCiccio’s supposed lack of reading comprehension and told him to keep his facts straight.

McDonough was hired by the Suns as GM back in 2013 and kept the position until 2018. The once-perennial contenders struggled throughout his tenure and were unable to make it to the postseason in those five years. Phoenix’s last postseason appearance dates way back to 2010.

Still, he was a runner-up for  NBA Executive of the Year Award to R.C. Buford in the 2012-13 season.

McDonough’s roster decisions did not bode well for Phoenix ,and his spot was eventually taken over by Suns’ Vice President of Basketball Operations James Jones and Assistant General Manager Trevor Bukstein.

The former Suns exec currently serves as a radio host for SiriusXM NBA Radio, giving him another platform to criticize the Phoenix councilman.

The current Suns squad, meanwhile, narrowly missed the playoffs this year. They had an undefeated run (8-0) inside the bubble at Walt Disney World in Orlando, finishing the campaign tied with the Memphis Grizzlies at 34-39.