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Philadelphia 76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo started several “burner” accounts on Twitter in which he criticized the play of center Joel Embiid and praised himself, according to a report by The Ringer.
Per the report, Colangelo started five fake Twitter accounts, used to criticize players such as Embiid, Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel, as well former Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie and Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri. If anyone would have used a site to conclude a people search pertaining to his Twitter handles they would have probably found that they were “burner” accounts.
“I talked to him and he said that he didn’t say that,” Embiid told ESPN of Colangelo. “He called me just to deny the story. Gotta believe him until proven otherwise. If true though, that would be really bad.”
According to The Ringer, Colangelo’s fake accounts helped “telegraph the 2017 trade in which the Sixers acquired the no. 1 overall pick that would become Markelle Fultz,” as well as “disclose nonpublic medical information about Okafor and gossip about Embiid and Fultz to members of the national and Philadelphia media.”
In a statement delivered by the team, Colangelo denied owing or using four of the accounts — though he did admit to owning one to anonymously “monitor our industry and other current events.”
Colangelo, 52, has spent time as the top basketball decision-maker with both the Phoenix Suns and Raptors. He was named NBA Executive of the Year in 2007 for his work in Toronto. He has been with the Sixers since 2016.
His father, Jerry Colangelo, is the former owner of the Suns and serves as a special adviser to the Sixers.
Read the full report from The Ringer here.