Last night, the Ringer released an explosive report alleging that Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo operated several burner accounts to take anonymous shots at former GM Sam Hinkie and current Sixers players.
February, The Ringer received an anonymous tip that Bryan Colangelo, the Philadelphia 76ers’ president of basketball operations, had been secretly operating five Twitter accounts. Since then, we have scrutinized and archived those accounts in an attempt to verify the source’s claims that the longtime NBA executive has been using them as a platform to:
Criticize NBA players, including Joel Embiid, Jahlil Okafor, and Nerlens Noel
Publicly debate the decisions of his own coaching staff, as well as critique former Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie and Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri
Telegraph the 2017 trade in which the Sixers acquired the no. 1 overall pick that would become Markelle Fultz
Disclose nonpublic medical information about Okafor and gossip about Embiid and Fultz to members of the national and Philadelphia media
Thanks to Rich Hofmann of The Athletic Philadelphia it was discovered that one of the burner accounts, Eric Jr., was active during a Colangelo press conference, replying to others, which would reasonably rule out Colangelo as the person who ran the account.
Earlier today, Twitter user, @legsanity, floated around the idea that Colangelo’s wife, Barbara Bottini may have been the person running the accounts.
And then Legsanity appeared to find the most damning piece of evidence.
While the phone number could be a coincidence, all of the math currently adds up to Colangelo’s wife being behind the burner accounts. As of now Colangelo is denying that he had any access to the accounts and that “someone is out to get him”
h/t Dime On Uproxx