Bizarre Allegations Surface Against Sixers President
The Philadelphia 76ers are currently investigating the alleged Twitter habits of Bryan Colangelo, following a Wednesday report that the team’s president of basketball operations may be using multiple anonymous accounts to commend his own work, and to criticize his players.
“An online media outlet filed a story linking multiple social media accounts to 76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo. The allegations are serious and we have commenced an independent investigation into the matter,” the Sixers’ statement said. “We will report the results of that investigation as soon as it is concluded.”
The report by The Ringer introduced circumstantial evidence that Colangelo may have been using up to five Twitter accounts to take shots at his team’s players, including Markelle Fultz, Joel Embiid and former Sixers Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel.
Interestingly, the accounts also fired criticism at Raptors president Masai Ujiri, Colangelo’s successor in Toronto, and former Philadelphia GM Sam Hinkie, Colangelo’s predecessor with the 76ers.
Colangelo denied any use of four of the accounts, while admitting that he has used one of them, though not in a negative way.
“Like many of my colleagues in sports, I have used social media as a means to keep up with the news,” said Philadelphia’s president. “While I have never posted anything whatsoever on social media, I have used the @Phila1234567 Twitter account referenced in this story to monitor our industry and other current events. This storyline is disturbing to me on many levels, as I am not familiar with any of the other accounts that have been brought to my attention, nor do I know who is behind them or what their motives may be in using them.”
Embiid said that Colangelo has privately told him that the report was false.
“I talked to him and he said that he didn’t say that,” Embiid said. “He called me just to deny the story. Gotta believe him until proven otherwise. If true, though, that would be really bad.”
If true, Colangelo’s actions would not be completely unprecedented. The story brings to mind last year’s revelation of Kevin Durant‘s use of fake Twitter accounts to defend himself from criticism.
What a strange world we live in.