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Philadelphia 76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo has denied a report that he used fake Twitter accounts to criticize players and executives, but the team is launching an investigation nonetheless.
“The allegations are serious and we have commenced an independent investigation into the matter,” the Sixers said in a statement. “We will report the results of that investigation as soon as it is concluded.”
The team was responding to a report by The Ringer that alleged Colangelo launched five fake Twitter accounts that were used to criticize players such as Joel Embiid, Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel, as well former Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie and Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri.
Embiid told ESPN has been in contact with Colangelo and Colangelo denied sending the reported tweets. ”
“He called me just to deny the story. Gotta believe him until proven otherwise,” Embiid told ESPN. “If true though, that would be really bad.”
Along with Embiid, Colangelo has been contacting those mentioned in the alleged burner accounts, denying that he sent the tweets, ESPN reported.
Here's the problem for Colangelo: 1) If the person who was sending those tweets is someone close to him, can he credibly say he "wasn't responsible" for them? 2) Some or all the tweets may still accurately reflect his thinking/feelings. #Sixers https://t.co/yHceEQDgqo
— Mike Sielski (@MikeSielski) May 30, 2018