Bryan Colangelo is not the First, and Won’t be the Last with Burner Accounts

The man that took over The Process from San Hinkie, Bryan Colangelo, was busted last week for using up to five burner accounts on Twitter.  These accounts were used to defend himself for moves he has made as the President of Basketball Operations for the Philadelphia 76ers, trashing his former Toronto Raptors team, among other things.  The Ringer tricked Colangelo by approaching Sixer representatives with two of the five accounts, asking if these accounts belonged to Colangelo.  The Sixers bizarrely admitted that one of the accounts belonged to their head basketball mind, but the other one had no ties to Colangelo.  Less than an hour later, the three other accounts that The Ringer did not mention to the Sixers became private.

Although this shocked the whole internet, as it should, I think this is only the beginning of stories revolving around anonymous social media accounts being used to push agendas and defend uber-famous figures in sports.

Everyone knows about the Kevin Durant saga last season where Durant forgot to switch from his main Twitter account, siting reasons why he couldn’t stay in Oklahoma City.  “He didn’t like the organization or playing for Billy Donovan. His roster wasn’t that good, it was just him and russ,” Durant tweeted.  With his reluctance to speak to the public about his relationship with the Thunder organization, this tweet was obviously not meant to be shared through his account, which currently has 17.6 million followers.

Durant and Colangelo in these two instances come off petty and insecure, which could very well be the case.  They are also two humans that have been through a lot of criticism in the past couple years.

Durant will always be reminded he’s a coward (I enjoy life being easier and happier, I’m sure KD does too) for leaving the Thunder for a team that eliminated them in dramatic fashion the previous year, even though it was what was best for Durant as he is on the verge of his second NBA Title.

Colangelo has had to fill the shoes of The Process founder, Hinkie.  He will be forever scrutinized for trading up for Markelle Fultz in a draft that had Jayson Tatum and Donovan Mitchell in it, giving up the 2019 Kings pick to Boston in the process.  The Colangelo situation is much worse than Durant’s due to the fact he threw his current organization under the bus on numerous occasions.  You cannot do that as the PRESIDENT OF BASKETBALL OPERATIONS and expect to retain your job.  The Sixers have hired an outside investigation firm to evaluate the entire situation before making a final decision on Colangelo’s future with the franchise.

The actions of Durant and Colangelo are inexcusable, but if you think it is unbelievable that this could occur, the next couple years will be eye opening to you.

There are many people in all our lives that deal with a lot of issues when it concerns self-esteem.  There are internet trolls attacking random men and women daily that do not handle the harassment well.  Imagine being a famous athlete that has thousands of people in your comments and mentions calling you all sorts of names and slurs.  Some people cannot handle that, and therefore react in ways like, well maybe making fake social media accounts to defend themselves.  That really doesn’t sound surprising to me at all.

The Ringer did a fantastic job investigating this story.  This could have opened the flood gates to many more stories of this kind within the sports world.  Colangelo’s reputation will be diminished from this debacle, but I am sure he is not the only one doing this.  Only time will tell.

Photo Credit:  NBC Sports

 

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