Sixers consider dismissing Bryan Colangelo over Twitter scandal, ESPN reports

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While Colangelo admitted to using one of the accounts (@Phila1234567) for reference purposes, he denied any connection to the four others.

Philadelphia 76ers general manager and president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo may be fired after an NBA investigation concludes, possibly as soon as Friday, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Other tweets alluded to sensitive information about events leading to Markelle Fultz's freaky season-long shooting yips.

Colangelo has missed predraft workouts on Wednesday and Thursday.

Colangelo found himself at the center of this freakish incident on Tuesday when The Ringer's Ben Detrick released a report that tied the Sixers' president to five Twitter accounts.

In scrolling through Reuben's many comments, there's gossip and criticism about everyone affiliated (or recently affiliated) with the Sixers except one person: Colangelo, who gets only praise.

Despite vehement denials from Colangelo, 76ers ownership is still reportedly fuming over the incident and are embarrassed. The Ringer first reported the existence of the accounts and the privileged information being shared.

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According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe, the 76ers are now seriously considering Colangelo's dismissal.

On Tuesday, The Ringer's Ben Detrick broke a story connecting Colangelo to five "burner" Twitter accounts, which have posted tweets criticizing past executives including Toronto's Masai Ujiri and some of the team's star players including Joel Embiid, exposing medical information and trade strategy, and urging media members and bloggers to look into nonpublic team dealings. In addition, league sources told ESPN that Colangelo has told close associates he knows who made the tweets.

Joel Embiid, the target of numerous personal attacks from the associated accounts, said he received word directly from Colangelo that he was not behind the keyboard when the messages were sent. All jokes aside, I don't believe that story.

The Sixers have hired an outside law firm out of NY to handle the investigation. Gotta believe him until proven otherwise.

"The notion here was, let's find out what's going on", Silver said.

"Well, for the league there is always that balance of speed and doing things in a deliberate and appropriate way", Silver said.