76ers GM denies blasting Embiid, others via Twitter accounts

Joel Embiid and Markelle Fultz offseason dunks

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Before Kevin Durant got caught using a fake Twitter account to trash his old stomping grounds, nobody really thought about athletes trolling on social media with fake accounts. The Twitter account also accused Embiid, who was selected by previous 76ers GM Sam Hinkie with the third overall pick in the 2014 National Basketball Association draft, of "mocking his team". He said in a statement he used one of the accounts to monitor the National Basketball Association 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". The accounts always defended Colangelo.

It's usually important for a front office executive to try and keep their player happy, but by the looks of Embiid's tweet, he doesn't seem too excited about the report.

The Ringer, citing an unnamed source, reported that five Twitter accounts were marked as suspicious, including one that followed 76ers employees but never tweeted and four that tweeted or replied to other users. However, TheRinger.com put together a detailed list of circumstantial evidence making the case that all of the accounts were controlled by Colangelo - including the fact that three of the accounts immediately switched from public to private last week after the reporter told the team of his suspicions without mentioning those three accounts.

The burner accounts that the Sixers boss set up talked trash about a lot of the players on the team, but they seemed to keep going after Embiid's knees. "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".

And in another tweet from one of the "burner" (anonymous and disposable) accounts, whoever wrote the tweet ridiculed Embiid for having "danced like a fool" at a rap concert at a time when the Philadelphia center was sidelined with a knee injury. Embiid says he will believe Colangelo until it's proven otherwise. Now, the team is launching their own investigation. He previously worked as the general manager of the Suns and Raptors.

Colangelo, 52, was hired by the 76ers in 2016.

Colangelo, the son of longtime sports executive Jerry Colangelo, stepped in with the Sixers after Hinkie resigned.

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