Sixers to Investigate Bryan Colangelos Connections to Twitter Accounts
The Philadelphia 76ers announced Wednesday that they have launched an independent investigation into the issues raised in The Ringer's report linking Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo to social media accounts that revealed sensitive team information and openly questioned the behavior and performances of several Philly players, including All-Star Joel Embiid. 'We will report the results of that investigation as soon as it is concluded,' the Sixers' statement read.
The Ringer reported Tuesday that an anonymous tipster pointed out evidence connecting Colangelo to five Twitter accounts that have been critical of current and former Sixers players, former Sixers president Sam Hinkie, and Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri. Tweets from the accounts claimed that a 2017 trade involving former Sixers center Jahlil Okafor was derailed because Okafor failed a physical and that coach Brett Brown wanted Nerlens Noel gone because the former Sixers big man was bad for the locker room, blamed Markelle Fultz and his trainer for the rookie's shooting woes, and called Embiid a 'toddler,' among other things. One tweet also defended the size of Colangelo's shirt collar.
The Sixers confirmed that one of the Twitter accounts, @phila1234567, was Colangelo's, but the account has never tweeted and in a statement Colangelo said it was used only to monitor league activity. Soon after The Ringer asked the Sixers about two of the accounts, the three others switched from public to private. In a statement provided to The Ringer on Tuesday afternoon, Colangelo denied familiarity with any account other than @phila1234567, and said he hadn't posted anything on social media 'whatsoever.'
Several people named in the tweets have spoken out in the wake of the story. As you might imagine, none have been more vocal than Embiid:
Joel told me that @samhinkie IS BETTER AND SMARTER THAN YOU @AlVic40117560 #BurnerAccount....
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