The Morning After: Bryan Colangelo & His Burner Twitter Accounts

On the heels of the biggest off-season in maybe the franchises history, a bombshell report dropped on Tuesday that the Sixers' president of basketball operations, Bryan Colangelo was possibly operating up to five different Twitter accounts, with tweets ranging from criticism of Sam Hinkie, Joel Embiid, Markelle Fultz, and others.

The Sixers are about to gear up for what could be the most important off-season in the history of the franchise, and it seemed that the off-season started off right, following an Adrian Wojnarowski report Tuesday afternoon that the Sixers and Head Coach Brett Brown agreed to a three-year contract extension that would take him through the 2021-22 season

I was planning on writing a reaction to the contract extension but of course, life doesn't work like that sometimes.

About 20 minutes after the contract extension news broke, a bombshell report written by The Ringer's Ben Detrick, outlined an extensive account of five alternate Twitter accounts operated --allegedly-- by Sixers' General Manager and President of Basketball Operations, Bryan Colangelo.

The tip came from an anonymous source that used "an open-source data analysis tool to link five accounts through commonalities including similarities in who the accounts followed and linguistic quirks."

Those commonalities listed throughout the report include following various accounts linked to Sixer beat writers, Sixer players, Members of the Front office, Toronto Raptors writers (Colangelo was the GM for the Raptors), and accounts related to his son's high school and college.

Those 5 accounts, @phila1234567@AlVic40117560@HonestA34197118@Enoughunkownso1, and @s_bonhams tweeted similar topics, which included criticizing the players, criticizing the coaching staff, criticizing former players who had been traded, leaking information that could only possibly be consistent with someone who is plugged into the team, and criticizing former General Manager Sam Hinkie.

Four of the five accounts have been made private with the exception of @AlVic40117560, which still has all of its tweets available but most of the tweets from the other accounts are screenshotted in the Detrick report. Colangelo did confirm that @phila1234567 was indeed used by him, but denied that he had anything to do with the other 4 accounts

I really don't know how to describe my emotions or my reaction to this whole thing as this just happened 5 hours ago at this time of writing the piece, but a few things I do have a few thoughts.

  • Some of the information tweeted out from the accounts seemed really personal in relation to the players, and seemed to be only things that someone with inside info would know. Other reporters have come out and said that some of the private info tweeted out was already sourced to them well before The Ringer report surfaced.
  • This has to be embarrassing on all fronts for the organization, not only is NBA Twitter going to town on this story, NBA GMs, Owners, and Team Twitter accounts FROM OTHER SPORTS are making jokes about this.
  • There is no way this isn't going to impact this upcoming free agency summer. Having a debacle like this could very well impact the team in its quest for trying to land a big-time free agent.
  • Even if Colangelo didn't operate all 5 twitter accounts --after all he only confirmed that one of the five was his-- is there too much smoke now to were ownership won't take action?
  • There might too much evidence, circumstantial and otherwise, to convince me that he wasn't somewhat involved in any of this. This is just my personal opinion
  • I have to wonder what the player's reactions are to this, especially the players who are the subject of all the burner account tweets. Embiid really got slammed by @AlVic40117560 while that account praised Ben Simmons, and tweeted out personal information about Markelle Fultz and his trainer. If that is really Colangelo behind those tweets there is no way he is going to keep his job... right?

This story isn't going away soon, and we have yet to hear from the team.

Going back to the Andrew Bynum stuff, you know, hurting his knee while bowling, this team always finds it's way into some weird stories, and this might top it all.

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