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76ers president accused of trashing own players, executives anonymously

76ers president accused of trashing own players, executives anonymously

Colangelo acknowledged using one of the accounts to monitor the National Basketball Association industry and other current events but said he wasn't familiar with the other four and didn't know who was behind them.

In linking five so-called "burner accounts" to Colangelo, the site said its analysis had found convincing similarities in the accounts' content and engagement patterns, and that all of the accounts followed a closely overlapping set of other Twitter users with professional and personal ties to Colangelo.

The Ringer said it had been monitoring the accounts since February, when it received an anonymous tip.

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". All jokes asides I don't believe the story.

The fact that Colangelo had a secret Twitter account isn't news.

Colangelo has denied trashing players on Twitter - but 'fessed up to owning one of the Twitter accounts in question.

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One of the accounts tweeted: "Too bad that Embiid danced like a fool and the whole disaster happened, next time he will think twice before mocking his team". And in reality, the Sixers' ongoing investigation could potentially cost Colangelo his job. The Sixers announced on Wednesday morning that they are conducting an investigation into the accounts. Colangelo was the general manager of the Toronto Raptors from 2006 until 2013.

Jerry stepped down from his role as chairman of basketball operations with the 76ers after Bryan was hired as general manager in April 2016. Since The Ringer began making enquiries, three of the other four accounts have also been locked, though curiously "Eric Jr" is still unlocked.

Jerry Colangelo and Hinkie were never going to mesh well, and nearly instantly upon his arrival there were expectations that Bryan would be brought in to run the team whenever Hinkie inevitably departed.

Colangelo has been blamed by Philly fans for the so-far disastrous deal that brought Fultz to the Sixers.

Colangelo was likewise criticised when Noel was sent to the Dallas Mavericks in 2017.


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