Philadelphia 76ers investigating alleged social media use by team president Bryan Colangelo

Philadelphia 76ers official denies secret Twitter campaign

Philadelphia 76ers official denies secret Twitter campaign

The Ringer published an eye-opening report Tuesday night linking the Philadelphia 76ers president of basketball operations to multiple "burner" Twitter accounts that regularly criticized current and former members of the organization and occasionally leaked classified information.

Ben Simmons, right, takes part in a news conference with 76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo in 2016. "The allegations are serious and we have commenced an independent investigation into the matter", a team statement said.

Colangelo admitted that one of the five accounts was his, but he denied knowledge of the other four.

"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".

Cavalluzzo has a rather innocuous - though crucial - connection to the story: he's tweeted positively about Colangelo, and at least one account connected to Colangelo is one of his followers.

One of the accounts tweeted: "Too bad that Embiid danced like a fool and the whole disaster happened, next time he will think twice before mocking his team".

"I talked to him and he said that he didn't say that", Embiid told espn.com. 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.

A Sixers representative later told Detrick over the phone they would discuss the claims with Colangelo, and within hours, the three other accounts not disclosed were changed from public to private. All jokes asides I don't believe the story.

The Eric Jr account has retweeted Cavalluzzo twice: the tweet above, quoting DeMar DeRozan, and another one, which praises Mattia: "A great student-athlete but an even better person". It is now private.

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