The Philadelphia 76ers are investigating whether team president Bryan Colangelo used a variety of Twitter accounts to anonymously trash some of his own players and fellow executives and defend himself against criticism from fans and the sports media.
The allegations Customized New York Jets Jerseys , reported Tuesday by the sports website The Ringer , raised questions about Colangelos future and that of the NBA team itself, a rising franchise heading into perhaps its most important summer ever as it tries to attract free agents to contend for championships.
The five Twitter accounts under suspicion took aim at Philadelphia players Joel Embiid and Markelle Fultz, former Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie, Toronto Raptors executive Masai Ujiri and former Sixers players Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel, according to The Ringer.
Among other things, the user or users of the accounts complained that Embiid, the 24-year-old All-Star center, was playing like a toddler having tantrums and was a bit lazy, selfish and acting like a tool.
The user of one of the accounts claimed to know Colangelo and described him more than once as a class act. The tweets also raised the question of whether Colangelo used the anonymous accounts to divulge team strategy and details about players medical conditions.
Colangelo acknowledged using one of the accounts to monitor the NBA industry and other current events but said he wasnt familiar with the four others.
The allegations are serious and we have commenced an independent investigation into the matter JK Scott Jersey , the Sixers said Wednesday in a statement. We will report the results of that investigation as soon as it is concluded.
Embiid, Phillys franchise star, made a few wisecracks about the furor for his 1.4 million Twitter followers before standing up for Colangelo.
All jokes asides I dont believe the story, he tweeted. That would be just insane.
The Ringer said it had been monitoring the accounts since February, when it received an anonymous tip. It said it found numerous connections among the accounts that suggested the same person was behind them.
The Ringer said it initially asked the Sixers about just two of the accounts, and the same day the three others were suddenly made private.
For the Sixers, the first order of business is determining whether the accounts are, in fact, Colangelos.
The Sixers had at least 20 impostor accounts shut down this season with people pretending to be Colangelo, a person familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the probe is not over.
If the investigation shows that Colangelo is in any way connected to the accounts Eagles Dallas Goedert Jersey , the organizations reputation would be heavily damaged as it tries to chase big free agents like LeBron James, Paul George or other All-Stars.
Colangelo, the son of longtime sports executive Jerry Colangelo, was hired as president of basketball operations in 2016 after Hinkie abruptly resigned. Hinkie was the architect behind what the team calls The Process the long-term tearing down and rebuilding of the Sixers.
Colangelo previously served as Raptors general manager. He lost his job there after Toronto missed the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season, and Ujiri took over basketball operations.
According to The Ringer, one of the Twitter accounts it connected to Colangelo bristled at the suggestion that Hinkie deserved credit for the Sixers turnaround.
BC has done nothing but clean up hinkies mess, the account user wrote in January 2017, referring to Colangelo. Another post lamented that Ujiri hadnt done anything to make the Raptors better.
Colangelo has been blamed by Philly fans for the so-far disastrous deal that brought Fultz to the Sixers. One of the accounts that The Ringer linked to Colangelo blamed Fultzs poor performance on his longtime trainer and his so called mentor/father figure.
Colangelo was likewise criticized when Noel was sent to the Dallas Mavericks in 2017. The Twitter accounts defended the trade, describing Noel as a selfish punk who was behaving like a vulture and was bad for locker room.
Bc is class act not a bad guy, the Twitter user added.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen has been sidelined indefinitely by an undisclosed situation that has caused concern within the organization about his well-being.
Griffen was ruled out on the pregame injury report against Buffalo on Sunday because of what was listed as knee trouble. When asked afterward why Griffen wasnt on the sideline Terrell Suggs Jersey , Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said the ninth-year player and three-time Pro Bowl pick was dealing with a personal matter. He did not elaborate.
Griffen did not take part in on-field activities at team headquarters on Monday, and the reason for the absence on the injury report was listed as both the knee and not injury related. KSTP-TV reported , citing unnamed sources, that Griffen was involved in a weekend disturbance at a downtown hotel. He was not arrested.
We are aware of the situation involving Everson Griffen and certainly concerned by what we have heard, Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said Monday night in a statement distributed by the team. We are currently focused on Eversons well-being and providing the appropriate support for him and his family.
According to Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder, officers were called to the hotel on Saturday after a man threatened physical violence. The man was departing the building upon their arrival, and after questioning he was released at the scene. Hotel staff members stated their satisfaction with the resolution of the situation.
There was absolutely no indication that threat was credible. There was no indication of a firearm. There was no belief that a threat was capable of being carried out at that time, Elder said.
Elder did not confirm that Griffen was the individual cited in the report.
Griffen, who was replaced by Stephen Weatherly in the starting lineup on Sunday, sat out for most of the offseason practices out of precaution for a knee injury. He missed a portion of training camp Sam Reinhart Jersey , too, an absence that Zimmer declined to discuss then. Griffen registered a half-sack in each of Minnesotas first two games to bring his career total to 62, which is 17th among active NFL players.
The 30-year-old Griffen is married with three sons, the youngest of whom was born about a month early on Thanksgiving Day last year shortly before the Vikings played at Detroit. Unable to return to Minnesota in time for the birth, Griffen watched via FaceTime from his phone before recording two sacks in that game.
Drafted in the fourth round out of USC in 2010, Griffen was arrested twice in three days in Los Angeles during the offseason after his rookie year. He credited Vikings teammates, coaches and front-office leaders for helping him mature and supporting him through the sudden death of his mother in 2012. Griffen became a full-time starter in 2014 and was voted a captain this season for the third straight year by his teammates.