Monday, 17 December, 2018

76ers GM Colangelo used fake Twitter accounts

Joel Embiid and Markelle Fultz offseason dunks Screenshot from @RobDauster via Twitter
Kristopher Love | 30 May, 2018, 18:26

Joel Embiid ripped Philadelphia 76ers' president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo after a report linked the executive to Twitter accounts that had been critical of the team's star.

The Sixers all but confirmed that Colangelo was using burner accounts, and the things he said about Embiid and some of the other Sixers players are pretty damaging.

Embiid, speaking to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, said he spoke to Colangelo on the phone after the story emerged, with the team executive denying the report.

"Like many of my colleagues in sports, I have used social media as a means to keep up with the news", the statement said.

"The five accounts pinpointed by the unnamed source included one that followed media members, Sixers employees, and National Basketball Association agents but never tweets (its handle is @phila1234567, and it has no account name), and four that have posted tweets or replied to other users".

The Ringer, citing an unnamed source, reported that five Twitter accounts were marked as suspicious, including one that followed 76ers employees but never tweeted and four that tweeted or replied to other users.

However, TheRinger.com put together a detailed list of circumstantial evidence making the case that all of the accounts were controlled by Colangelo - including the fact that three of the accounts immediately switched from public to private last week after the reporter told the team of his suspicions without mentioning those three accounts.

The accounts also took shots at Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Uijiri, who was an assistant under Colangelo and eventually replaced him.

After a five-year playoff drought, the Sixers went 52-30 this season and reached the second round of the playoffs where they were eliminated by the Boston Celtics.

If it turns out Colangelo wasn't behind these accounts, Embiid can shrug this off as a joke (and relish all the attention he got in the interim).

Another one of the burner accounts also said they would like to knock some sense into Embiid. Gotta believe him until proven otherwise.