So in case you don’t have a Twitter account, you may not know what a burner account is. A burner account is when you make an account pretending to be somebody who doesn’t actually exist, often in order to make claims that you normally wouldn’t make on your own account. Kevin Durant got busted for using burner accounts to defend himself against people who criticized him on Twitter. He was caught when he defended himself but forgot to log out of his actual account before posting the tweet. Skip Bayless got caught hyping up his show on FS1 by trying to use a burner to say how great the show is. Once again, he forgot to log out of his real account. While those are enjoyable and are fun to laugh at, Bill Simmons’ blog site The Ringer (particularly, writer Ben Detrick) discovered that 76ers President of Basketball Operations/GM Bryan Colangelo has a burner account that he would use to diss players, diss the previous regime, leak trade information, and leak injury details. Now, the burner accounts haven’t officially been confirmed to belong to him, but there have been some digging done that lead many to believe that Colangelo has around 5 of these burner accounts. Joel Embiid, who was a target of Colangelo’s burners, has gone on to like the tweets from the burners that have been linked to the GM. Here are some of the tweets in question from the only account that hasn’t been made private.
And these are just the tweets where he takes shots at Embiid. The “Eric jr” account is one of the better known Colangelo burners and it was also used to bash his predecessor, Sam Hinkie. Here are a few below.
He also retweeted this tweet about the now-Nets center Jahlil Okafor.
The last time this account tweeted was last May so it has been inactive for roughly a year but is still public, which is why you can still access the tweets. Here’s his full twitter page for those who are interested. I also found it interesting how he repeatedly retweeted tweets that were voting for Joel Embiid to make the All Star Team, yet bashed him to no end just months later. Colangelo has denied knowledge of this being his account but has admitted to being the owner of user @phila1234567, which has posted zero tweets.
All the other alleged accounts have been made “private” so I can’t share any of their tweets, but those ones allegedly included the leaking of the 76ers’ plans to trade with the Celtics for the first pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, which would be used on Washington’s Markelle Fultz (the Celtics used the third overall pick acquired by the 76ers on Duke’s Jayson Tatum. Fultz barely played as a rookie while Tatum was causing problems for LeBron James in the ECF).
So what happens to Colangelo? Well if they can prove the accounts are his, he needs to be fired. Not only has he created a toxic environment and become a guy the players can’t trust, but the leaking of trade and medical information is detrimental to the organization and could create real problems to the team’s success. Again, since I’m an “innocent until proven guilty” guy, I think the 76ers should hang on to him until they can prove he’s the one making these comments.
As for anyone else with a burner account that they’ve been making some less than reputable remarks on?
Let me know what you think of this Colangelo situation in the comments section below or on Facebook or Twitter @jimwyman10. But please don’t use a burner account.