In a report for The Ringer, Ben Detrick has presented compelling evidence that Philadelphia 76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo has a set of anonymous Twitter accounts, which he’s used to criticize his own players, slam former team GM Sam Hinkie, give out his players’ private medical information, and defend his shirt collars. If these accounts do belong to Colangelo, he is way too online and needs to chill out a bit.
The weirdest and funniest tendency of these accounts is their defenses of Colangelo’s shirt collars, which are usually large. “That is a normal collar. Move on, find a new slant,” said one account, @Enoughunkownso1, in response to @Philly_Asshole tweeting, “This dude just love collars.”
He also went out of his way to slander the beloved name of Sam Hinkie, don of the Process and the reason Colangelo had all of the chess pieces that he traded away and ruined.
“BC has done nothing but clean up hinkie’s mess. Hinkie got great pieces but could [not] make the puzzle work,” wrote the account “Eric jr” in January 2017. “Clown? Why? What did Hinkie build? My gosh the biased insanity,” tweeted the same account a month later in response to a tweet saying, “This clown going to ruin everything @Hinkie built.” And @Enoughunkownso1 tweeted last November, “I have no respect for Hinkie’s martyrdom bcs it is orchestrated by him behind the curtains via all the bloggers he cultivated with leaks.”
Sooo, Bryan Colangelo, the president of basketball operations for the Philadelphia 76ers, was creating fake email addresses out here so that he can slander the person who had the job before him and talk shit freely.
I’m going to go ahead and assume that Colangelo created the burner account so that he can defend his ridiculous collars but then realized he could also get away with mocking Jahlil Okafor too. But most importantly, ‘that is a normal collar’.
Why is this important?
Here’s the thing, Bryan Colangelo is already playing behind the 8-ball following in the footsteps of Sam Hinkie. Every decision and move that Hinkie made was to acquire more young and cheap assets and chess pieces for the future while every decision Colangelo made was to sell away all of those assets for like, Jerryd Bayless and Justin Anderson [1. bad basketball players].
You know what doesn’t help your public perception? Shitting on your star player.
But the most potentially damaging tweets from these accounts are the ones about Colangelo’s own players. Multiple tweets to journalists about Jahlil Okafor, now with the Nets, imply that he failed his physicals when the Sixers were initially trying to trade him. One tweet called former Sixers center Nerlens Noel a “selfish punk,” among other insults.
But current Philly cornerstone Joel Embiid is also hit with the spice. “Why didn’t you tell docs knees hurt before Houston?” the “Eric jr” account tweeted directly at Embiid in February 2017. “Too bad that Embiid danced like a fool and the whole disaster happened, next time he will think twice before mocking his team,” the account wrote later that month after Embiid danced onstage at a Meek Mill show.
Why would an NBA free agent want to come play in Philadelphia knowing that Colangelo doesn’t have his player’s backs? Calling out Jahlil Okafor’s medical records, calling Nerlens Noel a ‘selfish punk’ because he believed he was worth more than he was being paid and going out of your way to criticize Joel Embiid, the one player on the 76ers roster who deserves all of the credit in the world for suffering through losing seasons and battling injuries just to have the GM shit on him for dancing at a concert.
Bryan Colangelo is a 52-year old man who would rather make burner accounts than simply go to a tailor and get his neck measured so that suit collars fit him correctly. That’s y’alls GM? Couldn’t be me.