The NBA is usually a hotbed for drama and seemingly harmless controversy, but the bombshell story of Bryan Colangelo’s alleged burner accounts that dropped Tuesday night is anything but typical. It also loops in former Kentucky star Nerlens Noel.
Colangelo, who is still the general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers as of Wednesday afternoon, reportedly has used a series a burner Twitter accounts to accomplish various tasks, ranging from defending himself to critical fans to discrediting former 76ers GM Sam Hinkie to exposing team secrets.
That’s according to a lengthy investigation from The Ringer’s Ben Detrick. Part of the report focuses on what the accounts allegedly said about Noel and his time with the 76ers.
The tweets described Noel as a “selfish punk” who was “behaving like a vulture.” The accounts also disparaged him during his time with the Mavericks. Here are a few screenshots, courtesy of The Ringer.
Colangelo is allegedly in control of “Enoughunknownsources” and “Eric Jr.” There are numerous things tying the accounts together, including the same phone number ending in “91” being attached to three of the accounts.
Sorry, Bryan. Got you.
Went to “reset password” and tried three of his burners. Every single one has a phone number ending in 91. This is clearly not a coincidence.
*note*: I cropped out Colangelo’s email addresses from the picture pic.twitter.com/qKS7KpIJNo
— Adam (@SixersAdam) May 30, 2018
Several of the accounts also follow similar people, including players on the University of Chicago basketball team, which Colangelo’s son plays on.
Per the report, the anonymous source who tipped off The Ringer used an open-source data analysis tool to link together five accounts based on “commonalities including similarities in who the accounts followed and linguistic quirks.”
It’s worth noting that Colangelo has denied being behind all but one of the accounts. The one he owns up to using, @Phila1234567, does not have any tweets. Colangelo claims to have used that account as a way of “keeping up with the news.”
The 76ers have launched an internal investigation, but Colangelo has not publicly denied being behind the tweets. However, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowksi is reporting that he’s telling people around the league that he is not responsible.
Noel has not publicly commented on the matter.