The NBA might as well stand for National Burner (account) Association.
After star basketball player Kevin Durant was caught using fake social media accounts to argue with people who say bad things about him online last summer, another more serious allegation arose this week in the NBA.
Philadelphia 76ers general manager and president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo is under investigation for allegedly used fake Twitter accounts to criticize players and disclose personal information about players.
According to an investigative report conducted by The Ringer, the Sixers GM allegedly began using the first of the five accounts in April 2016.
The burner accounts mention top draft picks Markelle Fultz and Joel Embiid and former Sixers players Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel.
— The BenchWarmer (@BenchWarmerPost) May 30, 2018
The accounts also take aim at former team GM Sam Hinkie and Toronto Raptors executive Masai Ujiri.
Colangelo released the following statement to The Ringer after the story broke:
“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.”
While it may just sound like an innocent Twitter fail, the league and team is taking the allegations very seriously.
“The allegations are serious and we have commenced an independent investigation into the matter,” the Sixers said in a statement. “We will report the results of that investigation as soon as it is concluded.”
ESPN also explains.
— Bob Ley (@BobLeyESPN) May 30, 2018
Another account accused Embiid of “playing like a toddler having tantrums.”
“I don’t believe the story. That would just be insane,”Embiid said.
Crazy indeed but that’s the headline-loving NBA for ya.