On Tuesday night, The Ringer released a massive report on 76ers president of operations Bryan Colangelo that has enraptured the basketball world. According to The Ringer's Ben Detrick, Colangelo has been using several burner accounts on Twitter to do everything from promoting himself to tearing down his predecessor, Sam Hinkie. On Wednesday, the 76ers announced that they will be investigating the "serious" allegations made against Colangelo.
In a statement, the 76ers said:
An online media outlet filed a story linking multiple social media accounts to 76ers President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo. The allegations are serious and we have commenced an independent investigation into the matter. We will report the results of that investigation as soon as it is concluded.
The allegations are indeed serious. The Twitter accounts did everything from leak personal team info to criticize current and former 76ers players (including Joel Embiid, Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor). They also talked about other league executives and former 76ers president of basketball operations Sam Hinkie.
Colangelo has reportedly denied the allegations, with Shams Charania reporting that Colangelo says that he has no knowledge of the "motives or origin" of the accounts.
In speaking to 76ers president Bryan Colangelo tonight in Los Angeles, Colangelo says he stands by his statement: No knowledge of “motives or origin.”— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 30, 2018
Embiid, meanwhile, says that he didn't believe the allegations after a busy Tuesday on Twitter.
Fun night on Twitter lmao.. All jokes asides I don’t believe the story. That would just be insane— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) May 30, 2018
Once the 76ers conclude their investigation, we'll know the fate of Colangelo. The nature of the tweets don't bode well for him, however. One tweet from @AlVic40117560 -- one of the alleged burners -- responded to a report on Okafor that read "ask Jah if he passed other team physical? He will not say not to lose other chance. But I bet the farm that's what happened."
Another from the same account responded to a positive Hinkie tweet that also called Colangelo a "clown" saying "Clown? Why? What did Hinkie build? My gosh the biased insanity."
Per Adrian Wojnarowski, Colangelo has been reaching out to those involved saying that the tweets aren't him.
76ers president Bryan Colangelo has been actively reaching out to individuals mentioned in those burner accounts, insisting that he isn't responsible for those tweets, league sources tell ESPN. Sixers probe is underway in aftermath of The Ringer story.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 30, 2018
Time will tell if this turns out to be true. Despite not releasing a statement, Colangelo seems adamant that he isn't behind the accounts. Now it's up to the 76ers to determine if that's to be believed. In the meantime, "The Ringer's" piece is well worth your time.