As reported by The Ringer, it seems that Philadelphia 76ers’ president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo has been working 5 totally different Twitter accounts. When approached by the Ringer about two of the accounts, Colangelo and 76ers acknowledged that he was behind one of many accounts (@phila1234567) however denied the opposite (@AlVic40117560). In the meantime, the three different suspected accounts all went personal on the identical day that the Ringer despatched the request concerning the two accounts to Colangelo, and one among them unfollowed accounts with ties to Colangelo (gamers on his son’s school basketball workforce, for instance). These three further accounts have been @Honesta34197118, @Enoughunkownso1, and @s_bonhams.
The individual tweeting from these accounts did the next:
Criticized NBA gamers, together with Joel Embiid, Jahlil Okafor, and Nerlens Noel
Publicly debated the choices of the 76ers teaching employees, in addition to critiqued former Sixers basic supervisor Sam Hinkie and Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri. Colangelo changed Hinkie and was changed by Ujiri in Toronto.
Telegraphed the 2017 commerce by which the Sixers acquired the no. 1 general decide that might grow to be Markelle Fultz
Disclosed nonpublic medical details about Okafor and behind-the-scenes gossip about Embiid and Fultz to members of the nationwide and Philadelphia media.
Days after the Ringer’s request, Colangelo offered the next assertion:
“Like lots of my colleagues in sports, I’ve used social media as a way to maintain up with the news. Whereas I’ve by no means posted something in any respect on social media, I’ve used the @Phila1234567 Twitter account referenced on this story to watch our business and different present occasions. This storyline is disturbing to me on many ranges, as I’m not acquainted with any of the opposite accounts which were delivered to my consideration, nor do I do know who’s behind them or what their motives could also be in utilizing them.”
The “@Enoughunkownsources” account defended the dimensions of Colangelo’s shirt collars responding to a joke about it: “That may be a regular collar. Transfer on, discover a new slant.” The opposite accounts retweeted compliments about him being “clear-reduce,” and name “somebody an enormous fats liar” for being essential of him.
The accounts have been very crucial of Masai Ujiri (the Raptors changed Colangelo with Ujiri in 2013), calling him “belief fund child,” and “You have been resigned for 30+ hundreds of thousands this Summer time, so sure! please Masai do one thing!”
Different notable tweets despatched out by the 5 accounts:
“BC has finished nothing however clear up hinkie’s mess,” the account wrote in January 2017. “Hinkie obtained nice items however might [not] make the puzzle work.”
“I’ve no respect for Hinkie’s martyrdom bcs it’s orchestrated by him behind the curtains by way of all of the bloggers he cultivated with leaks,”
The Eric jr account even responded to a tweet from Gabrielle Union:
“I sat NEXT to you and [Dwyane Wade] at Beijing Olympics and noticed you each being impolite nasty to little child fan,” the account stated. “Needed to eat yr pizza. … You confirmed no respect to this little child, who’re you to face on excessive grounds? By no means checked out DW the identical after that.”
When the Enoughunkownsources account was requested if it was certainly Colangelo, it was denied with a praise to him:
“He’s too stylish to even interact. Labored with him: he’s a category act.”
A number of of the accounts went after 76ers gamers. Calling Noel a “egocentric punk” who was “behaving like a vulture.” And going public saying head coach “Bret Brown needed NN gone,” then added “Dangerous for locker room. As soon as once more Colangelo protected coach and received sh@t on for it. Bc is class act not a nasty man.”
Eric jr turned on All-Star Joel Embiid tweeting at him on February 10, 2017: “Joel, you’re only a child, however why didn’t you inform docs knees harm earlier than Houston? You costed yrself (&us) 9+ video games and play-offs.” Different tweeted about Embidd embrace:
“Too dangerous that Embiid danced like a idiot and the entire catastrophe occurred, subsequent time he’ll assume twice earlier than mocking his staff.”
“If I had a medium measurement ladder I might like to knock some sense in Joel’s head proper now,”
“Ben goes to be higher than Joel@snd much less distracted by fashions and social media,”
The account additionally inspired journalists to name out Embiid however “no one has the center to do it.”
It’s protected to say somebody has to have an explantion for all of this sooner quite than later, and the circumstantial proof towards Colangelo, together with the extra accounts going personal on the identical day he was questioned, is damning.