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Report: Bryan Colangelo had 5 burner accounts used for criticizing players, releasing sensitive information

Bryan Colangelo

The Philadelphia 76ers’ president of basketball operations in Bryan Colangelo had just found himself at the center of a controversial issue. According to an investigative report from Ben Detrick of The Ringer — spurred by an anonymous tip — the Sixers’ main decision maker has been using five burner accounts on social media. Based on their intel, Colangelo used these accounts for a myriad of purposes such as criticizing his own players, instigating public debate about his team, and leaking information that the public shouldn’t be privy to.

While Kevin Durant’s burner accounts caught instant fire, this one from the Sixers executive is on another level not just because of Colangelo having five accounts in total, but also due to the fact that these appear to have been used in poor faith that could have easily affected the team.

Here are the particular Twitter accounts and their respective handle:

The five accounts pinpointed by the unnamed source included one that followed media members, Sixers employees, and NBA agents but never tweets (its handle is @phila1234567, and it has no account name), and four that have posted tweets or replied to other users. Of those, one was active between April 2016 and May 2017 (its account name is Eric jr, and its handle is @AlVic40117560), two were active within the past five months (HonestAbe / @Honesta34197118 and Enoughunkownsources / @Enoughunkownso1), and one was posting several times a day (Still Balling / @s_bonhams) and as recently as last week.

This report is a product of months of painstaking work that required diligence and patience. It’s a shocking twist to what was supposed to be an offseason of positivity after a 2017-18 campaign where the Sixers exceeded expectations.

Now, Philadelphia will have to try and lure big-name free agents such as LeBron James and Paul George, selling them to the promise of a front office that is not what this recent revelation has painted to be. They can harp about the team’s cap space, the abundance of young assets, extended years of competitiveness, and whatnot. But convincing these superstars about a supposedly unblemished integrity from their leadership would require a great deal of conclusive argument.