76ers launch investigation into team president Bryan Colangelo’s social media use

The Philadelphia 76ers have started an independent investigation into the “serious” allegations regarding Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo’s social media usage.

“An online media outlet filed a story linking multiple social media accounts to 76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo. The allegations are serious and we have commenced an independent investigation into the matter. We will report the results of that investigation as soon as it is concluded,” the team said in a statement.

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Colangelo was at the center of a report from The Ringer detailing his apparent connection to multiple “burner” accounts on Twitter, which criticized several key players such as Joel Embiid, Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel and Markelle Fultz, divulged potential team information and engaged in attacking Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri, among other things.

In speaking to Yahoo Sports on Tuesday night in Los Angeles, Colangelo said he stands by his statements of having no knowledge of the situation nor the “motives or origins” behind the activity.

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PHOENIX - 2000: Phoenix Suns General Manager Bryan Colangelo talks to the media during a press conference in 2000 at the America West Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2000 NBAE (Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)
PHOENIX - JULY 14: President and General Manager Bryan Colangelo of the Phoenix Suns speaks to the media on July 14, 2004 during a press conference introducing Steve Nash as the newest member of the team at America West Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2004 NBAE (Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)
Raptor President and CEO, Bryan Colangelo, photographed in his office at the Ait Canada Centre in dowtown Toronto Monday, October 26th, 2009. (Photo by Lucas Oleniuk/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
SECAUCUS, NJ - MAY 23: President and General Manager of the Toronto Raptors Bryan Colangelo poses with a ball after the the Raptors were awarded the number one pick in the NBA Draft Lottery on May 23, 2006 at the NBA Studios in Secaucus, New Jersey. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2006 NBAE (Photo by Jennifer Pottheiser/NBAE via Getty Images)
TORONTO - OCTOBER 2: President and General Manager Bryan Colangelo of the Toronto Raptors poses during NBA Media Day on October 2, 2006 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2006 NBAE (Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)
TORONTO - JULY 12: Jason Kapono of the Toronto Raptors and Raptors President and GM Bryan Colangelo pose at a press conference covering Kapono's signing to the Raptors on July 12, 2007 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2007 NBAE (Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)
TORONTO - JULY 9: President and general manager Bryan Colangelo of the Toronto Raptors poses with Jermaine O'Neal at Air Canada Centre on July 9, 2008 in Toronto, Canada. Jermaine O'Neal was aquired by the Toronto Raptors via trade from the Indiana Pacers. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2008 NBAE (Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)
TORONTO - OCTOBER 28: Jose Calderon #8 of the Toronto Raptors accepts the award for the NBA Free Throw Champion for the 2008/2009 season handed to him by General Manager Bryan Colangelo before a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on October 28, 2009 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2009 NBAE (Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)
June 25, 2008 Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo at Air Canada Centre having a pre draft press conference. Toronto Star/Michael Stuparyk (Photo by Michael Stuparyk/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 9: Bryan Colangelo ,President and General Manager of the Toronto Raptors, answers questions about his own contract with the MLSE to The Star's Cathal Kelly. Rene Johnston/ Toronto Star (Rene Johnston/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO - JUNE 21: Toronto Raptors President and General Manager Bryan Colangelo introduces Dwayne Casey as the new head coach of the Raptors on June 21, 2011 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2011 NBAE (Photos by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)
SECAUCUS, NJ - MAY 17: Toronto Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo looks on during the 2011 NBA Draft Lottery at the Studios at NBA Entertainment on May 17, 2011 in Secaucus, New Jersey. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2011 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 24: General Manager Bryan Colangelo attends a press conference after the Philadelphia 76ers introduce Ben Simmons and Timoth�Luwawu-Cabarrot from the 2016 NBA Draft on June 24, 2016 in Philadelphia, PA. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 24: General Manager Bryan Colangelo, Timoth�Luwawu-Cabarrot, Owner Joshua Harris and Ben Simmons attend a press conference after being selected by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2016 NBA Draft on June 24, 2016 in Philadelphia, PA. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)
CAMDEN, NJ- SEPTEMBER 23: Jerryd Bayless of the Philadelphia 76ers and President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo talk at the official opening of The Philadelphia 76ers Training Complex on September 23, 2016 in Camden, New Jersey. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 23: Joshua Harris and Bryan Colangelo of the Philadelphia 76ers introduce the overall number one pick Markelle Fultz at the Sixers Training Complex on June 23, 2017 in Camden, New Jersey. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant /NBAE via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 03: Bryan Colangelo talks to the media during the announment of the unveiling of the Doctor J sculpture on April 3, 2018 at the Legends Walk at the practice facility in Camden, New Jersey. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 9: Bryan Colangelo of the Philadelphia 76ers looks on during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs against the Boston Celtics on May 9, 2018 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Colangelo has served as 76ers president since 2016, returning to the NBA after two successful stints with the Phoenix Suns from 1995-2006 and Raptors from 2006-13. The 76ers returned to winning this season, with the franchise going 52-30 and making a run to the Eastern Conference semifinals, where it lost to the Boston Celtics.

Behind Embiid and Ben Simmons, the 76ers appear to be future Eastern Conference contenders and are expected to be a strong free-agency destination this offseason. Philadelphia will have the ability to create nearly $30 million in salary cap space as it targets top free agents.

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