SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Jeff Zillgitt takes an in-depth look at the controversial situation surrounding Philadelphia 76ers GM Bryan Colangelo. USA TODAY Sports
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If you have anywhere between one to five Twitter accounts, you likely saw The Ringer’s story Tuesday night that speculated that Bryan Colangelo, the Philadelphia 76ers’ president of basketball operations, may have one to five burner accounts which he may have used to anonymously tweet about players, coaching staff and the media.
Colangelo is a former general manager of the Suns and the son of sports mogul Jerry Colangelo, who rose through the NBA ranks and took over for the Sixers in April 2016.
In a thorough investigation, The Ringer provided the information they received about accounts that seem to be linked to Colangelo tweeting throughout his time in Philadelphia.
Though the story dropped late on the East Coast, the reaction on Twitter was swift and snowballed all night. Burner accounts and Twitter slip-ups are not new to the NBA, but the depth of the Colangelo story, paired with him being the team’s president, made this case even more bizarre.
As many Sixers fans have latched on to former General Manager Sam Hinkie as somewhat of a martyr figure, there were a number of tweets saying that Hinkie died for The Process.
Blaming Colangelo for Hinkie’s departure is nothing new, leading to parody songs like “Colangelo’s Lie,” which the Philly Voice recorded in March 2017.
But jokes, memes and eight-minute-long parody songs aside, other Twitter users began to build off of The Ringer’s report. Though crowd-sourcing, users began to stockpile more circumstantial evidence that the accounts were linked, possibly even tying in Colangelo’s wife.
With all of #NBATwitter examining the evidence, Colangelo understandably felt a little attacked. He told Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports that he believed “someone’s out to get me.”
Though Colangelo may hope to resolve it quickly, Twitter seems to be in no rush to move on and will surely be in a frenzy until then as more news comes out.