Joel Embiid weighs in on Colangelo’s alleged fake Twitter accounts


Philadelphia 76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo found himself in the middle of a social-media controversy Tuesday night.

The Ringer said it initially asked the Sixers about just two of the accounts, and the same day the three others were suddenly made private. 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.

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.

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.

Wojnarowski tweeted: Sixers All-Star center Joel Embiid tells ESPN on Bryan Colangelo: "I talked to him and he said that he didn't say that".

Colangelo denied using any of the Twitter accounts other than @phila1234567, in a statement to The Ringer.

That afternoon, within hours of the call, all three of the accounts I hadn't discussed with the team switched from public to private, effectively taking them offline-including one (HonestAbe) that hadn't been active since December.

In one particularly weird tweet, Still Balling even accused Brown of sidelining Fultz in order to sabotage the team. Gotta believe him until proven otherwise. They are said to include accounts with posts criticizing National Basketball Association players and coaches, including several members of the Sixers and former Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie, and also disclosed non-public information regarding injury situations and behind-the-scenes gossip. "If true, though, that would be really bad". He previously worked as the general manager of the Suns and Raptors.

Colangelo, the son of longtime sports executive Jerry Colangelo, stepped in with the Sixers after Hinkie resigned.

The same accounts also took shots at current Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri, who worked under and then eventually replaced Colangelo with the team, as well as previous 76ers GM Sam Hinkie, who began the Sixers' arduous rebuild dubbed "The Process".