United States sport website TheRinger.com reports that Bryan Colangelo set up five fake accounts under different names, one of which reportedly passed along private medical information about then-Sixers centre Jahlil Okafor plus gossip about other players, including star big man Joel Embiid.
When contacted, the 76ers admitted that their president of basketball operations was in fact using at least one fake account.
The 76ers have since announced that they're investigating the allegations. "We will report the results of that investigation as soon as it is concluded", the team said in a statement.
Colangelo has acknowledged having one of the accounts, which was inactive and reportedly used strictly for following players, agents, staff and the media to keep abreast of the news.
He added, "This storyline is disturbing to me on many levels".
The misspellings and odd capitalization of these tweet suggest this might not be an executive as decorated as Colangelo, but if it is - it surely is a damn good job at pretending to be the average Twitter fan. The 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.
"I talked to him and he said that he didn't say that", Embiid told espn.com. On that same afternoon, the three accounts that were not mentioned were switched from public to private.
"He called me just to deny the story. If true, though, that would be really bad". The Ringer said it reached back out to the organization Tuesday, asking about all five accounts.
In a follow-up call, the Sixers representative confirmed one of the accounts (@Phila1234567) did belong to Colangelo. It is now private.
An extraordinary report from TheRinger.com, claims Colangelo went to extreme lengths to attack Sixers players, including All Star center Joel Embiid, while also moving to smear rival National Basketball Association officials and defend his own reputation.