Ben Detrick, a freelancer who writes for TheRinger, and an anonymous source blew up the internet by exposing these 5 accounts allegedly owned and operated by Bryan Colangelo (with the handle stated and the name in parentheses):
@AlVic40117560 (Eric Jr.)
@Enoughunkownso1 (Enough Unknown Sources)
Since the story is so confusing and peculiar, I’ll give you a detailed bullet list entailing what has transpired since Ben Detrick contacted the Sixers regarding Bryan Colangelo’s alleged burner accounts:
- @s_bonhams has unfollowed exactly 37 accounts that are tied to Colangelo
- Sixers representative called back and confirmed that @phila1234567 was in fact, a Colangelo burner account. Which is suspect since that account has never been used
- All three of the accounts went private after Detrick inquired about them, but two remained public after Detrick did not disclose his knowledge of them to the Sixers representative
Here are tweets sent by Eric Jr. attacking Sam Hinkie:
- “Clown. Why? What did Hinkie build?”
- “It’s a heck of a lot easier coaching,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said last week. “There’s no mystery.” RE: difference b/t Hinkie and BC
- “BC (Bryan Colangelo) has done nothing but clean up hinkie’s mess. Hinkie got great pieces but could make the puzzle work.”
Eric Jr. attacked Colangelo’s predecessor Masai Ujiri, who replaced BC as Toronto Raptors GM in 2013:
- “Nothing seems to fall on Ujiri’s shoulders. Why?”
- Speaking of the Raptor’s 4-0 collapse against Lebron, “they are falling apart! Because nothing was done to make them a better team,” they wrote. “Coasting by on ‘trustfund’ money.”
- “You were resigned for 30+ millions this Summer, so yes! please Masai do something!”
- “You forgot the dysfunctional toxic disarray in the lockeroom & the lack of chemistry on court under your god” (Hinkie)
Eric Jr. even put himself in Colangelo’s shoes, metaphorically and literally. Colangelo, the managing director of the 2008 United States team ridiculed D-Wade and Gabrielle Union:
- “I sat NEXT to you and [Dwyane Wade] at Beijing Olympics and saw you both being rude nasty to little kid fan,” the account said. “Had to eat yr pizza. … You showed no respect to this little kid, who are you to stand on high grounds? Never looked at DW the same after that.”
Eric Jr. went on to cut Bryan Colangelo some slack when asked if his account was in fact run by Colangelo, what an upstanding guy:
- “No – but thanks for the compliment!” they answered. “He is too classy to even engage. Worked with him: he is a class act.”
By the sound of this tweet, it sounds like Colangelo is a class act! But probably not after this public denouncement. It takes some real gumption to make an account and compliment yourself. For crying out loud, my friends make fun of me for liking my own comment in our group chat. For a 52-year-old professional to do this truly baffles me.
He even set an agenda for the 76ers front office, tweeting out private information regarding medical status and trades in advance. When asked why the Jahlil Okafor fell through was helping Nerlens Noel stay in Philly, Eric Jr. responded in full confidence:
- “Yes b/c he knows team is protecting Jah not saying Y deal felt through. Noel behaving like a vulture to get money.”
Besides the awful spelling, Colangelo derided his current players and tested the media to question players. He questioned Okafor’s medical status during the 2015 season and Nerlens Noel’s effort.
This brings to question whether this is considered tampering. The tampering rule states, “Article 35A of the NBA Constitution states that it’s a violation of the league’s anti-tampering rule for any person affiliated with an NBA team to directly or indirectly (i) entice, induce, or persuade, or attempt to entice, induce or persuade, any player, coach, GM or other person under contract to any other NBA team to enter into negotiations for or relating to that person’s services or to negotiate or contract for such services, or (ii) otherwise interfere with the employment relationship between that employee and the other NBA team.”
If these accounts are Colangelo, it would be an attempt for a person affiliated with an NBA team to entice Okafor to confirm his injury blockaded the trade to the Pelicans. It also would be considered tampering with Noel’s contract because he discloses his desire for a new contract. Colangelo put himself and the Sixers in murky water.
The team might be forced by Adam Silver to forfeit draft picks and be fined $5 million for the controversial tweets and Colangelo could be suspended (if he’s not fired).
HonestAbe, StillBalling, and Eric Jr. are similarly not too fond of Joel Embiid either:
- TheHonestAbe tweeted, “I am a Philly fan but out trade The process for The Unicorn in a heart bit. Such a smarter player.”
- StillBalling added, “Joel is a big selfish baby, not my leader anymore.”
- “Zero issues with this? You must be joking! If I were mngt I would step on a ladder and kick his b#**” (Eric Jr.)
- “Both these incidents beg the questions how serious is the injury and how seriously is he taking the injury” (Eric Jr.)
- “JoJo is calling the shots, he is telling docs daily how his knee feels. So blame him…” (Eric Jr.)
If Bryan Colangelo stays with the team (about 99.9% he won’t) expect a blockbuster trade involving The Process.
Seemingly, Colangelo’s alleged burner accounts had as much idea about the Fultz situation as fans did. He had some whacky conspiracy stories, speculating:
- “Supposedly he just had some really traumatic family personal experience which really messed him up, probably just needs some time to process (☺️) and heal.”
- “I think that it would shorten Brett’s rope on ‘why we lost’ alibi, so Brett would rather keep him out.”
Credit to Ben Detrick and the anonymous source that first brought these tweets to attention. These happenings seem all too fishy, but at the same time are perfect for the NBA, as another (sigh) Warriors vs. Cavs series occurs in two days.
We needed some more petty wars to spice up our basketball-less Tuesday night. Expect more updates to come from The Sports Alien and more hilarious tweets from Joel Embiid.
The funny thing about social media is that the anonymous source who aided Bill Simmons could have been masquerading as the burner account. But what incentive could the source have? He possibly has some beef with Bryan Colangelo, which I imagine a lot of people do. It could be Sam Hinkie trying to get his job back (far-fetched, I know). Or maybe it’s a Celtics fan who really does not want to see Lebron in red, white, and blue. This guy is either Sherlock Holmes of the NBA or the best troller to exist. Next-level stuff.
In the meantime, we can only hope Eric Jr. cryptically tweets Lebron’s next destination.