76ers general manager and president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo used fake Twitter accounts to criticize players, a new report from the Ringer alleges.
Colangelo allegedly began using the first of the five accounts in April 2016. The accounts mention top 76ers draft picks Markelle Fultz and Joel Embiid as well as former Philadelphia players Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel.
Colangelo told the Ringer he used one of the accounts to keep up with the league but denied using the four others.
His statement reads:
Like many of my colleagues in sports, I have used social media as a means to keep up with the news. While I have never posted anything whatsoever on social media, I have used the @Phila1234567 Twitter account referenced in this story to monitor our industry and other current events. 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.
Embiid responded to the report on his own Twitter account.
— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) May 30, 2018
The Ringer said it became aware of Colangelo’s use of the Twitter accounts through an unnamed source who worked in artificial intelligence. The source then used an open-source data tool to link the accounts, the report says.
Colangelo was hired by the 76ers in 2016. He previously worked as the general manager of the Suns and Raptors.
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