The Philadelphia 76ers have launched an independent investigation into the alleged Twitter habits of president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo on Wednesday after a report surfaced detailing his use of multiple anonymous accounts to support his own work as well as to take shots at some of the team’s 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 76ers’ statement said. “We will report the results of that investigation as soon as it is concluded.”
The NBA front-office veteran is being accused of using multiple anonymous Twitter accounts to support his work in Philadelphia while also to take shots at some of his team’s players, including Joel Embiid and Markelle Fultz, as well as former Sixers Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel.
In a statement first given to The Ringer on Tuesday, Colangelo explained his use of one of the accounts, while denying his involvement with four others.
“Like many of my colleagues in sports, I have used social media as a means to keep up with the news,” the statement said. “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 joked on Twitter about the allegations and tweeted at one of the accounts alleged to belong to Colangelo.
— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) May 30, 2018
With Ben Simmons now reportedly dating a Kardashian, and now this craziness, the Sixers are really stepping in it this offseason. I doubt any free agent will want to walk into this.
Sorry, Bryan. Got you.
Went to “reset password” and tried three of his burners. Every single one has a phone number ending in 91. This is clearly not a coincidence.
*note*: I cropped out Colangelo’s email addresses from the picture pic.twitter.com/qKS7KpIJNo
— adam (@SixersAdam) May 30, 2018
This is the account he admitted he used. His initials are BPC.. pic.twitter.com/UsEAbAu7O6
— Bobby Brown (@BobbyBrownIII) May 30, 2018