National Basketball Association reacts to 76ers Bryan Colangelo burner accounts

Ruben Hill
May 30, 2018

The NBA has been rocked by reports of a high-level Philadelphia 76ers official using burner Twitter accounts to launch brutal attacks on players and coaches.

The anonymous Twitter accounts were also critical of No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz, head coach Brett Brown, other National Basketball Association executives, and even appeared to reveal private medical information of Jahlil Okafor. I mean, they're rich as hell and people would think they don't really care about what people say.

A tweet from one of the accounts appeared to endorse a trade sending Embiid to the New York Knicks in exchange for rising Latvian star Kristaps Porzingis.

The five accounts were discovered by an anonymous source who contacted The Ringer after noticing a "bunch of weird tweets", and then using an analysis tool that linked the accounts based on "commonalities including similarities in who the accounts followed and linguistic quirks", according to Detrick.

There were also negative tweets directed toward former 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie and Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri, who worked under Colangelo in Toronto.

Sixers All-Star center Joel Embiid told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski that Colangelo told him the allegations are false.

Another one of the burner accounts also said they would like to knock some sense into Embiid. "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".

It's usually important for a front office executive to try and keep their player happy, but by the looks of Embiid's tweet, he doesn't seem too excited about the report.

Colangelo has been the 76ers' president of basketball operations since 2016 following stints with the Phoenix Suns and Raptors. "He called me just to deny the story".

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).

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