Published: Thu, May 31, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Was the Sixers GM Using Anonymous Twitter Accounts to Criticize Players?

Was the Sixers GM Using Anonymous Twitter Accounts to Criticize Players?

Philadelphia Sixers team president Bryan Colangelo reportedly has multiple secret Twitter accounts, which he used to trash players, member of the media and fellow National Basketball Association executives.

Embiid was mentioned numerous times by the secret accounts, and the tweets were not flattering to the All-Star 7-foot centre. "That would be just insane".

For the Sixers, the first order of business is determining whether the accounts are, in fact, Colangelo's.

Two of the accounts the Ringer has linked to Colangelo, one with the handle "Eric jr" and the other, an unnamed one but that has the Twitter username @Phila1234567, followed Cavalluzzo's Twitter account.

Cavalluzzo has a rather innocuous - though crucial - connection to the story: he's tweeted positively about Colangelo, and at least one account connected to Colangelo is one of his followers.

"I talked to him and he said that he didn't say that", Embiid told ESPN.

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

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He added, "This storyline is disturbing to me on many levels".

While there are zero pieces of evidence that would absolutely and undeniably link Colangelo to those four fake Twitter accounts (the Sixers have already admitted that one of the five Twitter accounts in question is Colangelo's), there are enough to convince a lot of people that he does operate all five. Colangelo, the son of longtime sports executive Jerry Colangelo, stepped in with the Sixers after Hinkie resigned.

Bryan succeeded his father as the Phoenix general manager in 1995.

This story has a Canadian angle to it, as Colangelo is a former general manager of the Toronto Raptors, holding the position for seven years, from 2006 to 2013.

Jerry Colangelo and Hinkie were never going to mesh well, and nearly instantly upon his arrival there were expectations that Bryan would be brought in to run the team whenever Hinkie inevitably departed. National Basketball Association free agency starts July 1.

His trade with the Boston Celtics last spring to select Fultz with the No. 1 pick in the draft has been criticized by many.

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