Philadelphia 76ers general manager Bryan Colangelo speaks during a news conference

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76ers' President Was Allegedly Criticizing His Players From Multiple Fake Twitter Accounts

The burner accounts took aim at former Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie and players such as Joel Embiid and Markelle Fultz.

May 30, 2018 - 8:56 am

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers have started an investigation into tweets linked in a report to team president Bryan Colangelo that criticized Sixers players Joel Embiid and Markelle Fultz, among other NBA figures.

The Sixers said Wednesday: "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 burner accounts also took aim at former Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie, Toronto Raptors executive Masai Ujiri and former Sixers players Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel, according to a report by The Ringer.

The website asked the team about five Twitter accounts it suspected Colangelo was operating. He said in a statement he used one of the accounts to monitor the NBA industry and other current events, but he was "not familiar with any of the other accounts" brought to his attention and he didn't know who was "behind them or what their motives may be in using them."

Embiid, the 24-year-old All-Star center, tweeted that he didn't believe the report.

The Ringer's report says in many cases, the Twitter accounts would disclose "potentially damaging information about Sixers players" and even pushed for writers to pursue certain story lines or set up specific interviews within the organization.