Jeffrey Breault | 76ers Controversial Twitter Accounts
2018 was quite an eventful year for the Philadelphia 76ers. One of the best highlights for huge Sixers fan Jeffrey Breault was the playoffs between the Sixers and the Heat, where Joel Embiid and the rest of the team defeated the Miami Heat, winning 4-1 in the Eastern Conference First Round. It was a sweet victory even if they didn’t make it all the way to the finals.
But this sweet victory was quickly overshadowed by controversy: fake Twitter accounts that bashed the 76ers star players that turned out to have been created by the team’s very own GM Bryan Colangelo. It’s a plot twist straight out of a sinister, psychological thriller, says Jeffrey Breault. And he, along with the Sixers’ millions of fans, had every right to be angry and disappointed. The team and its management and coaches, however, were more hurt and disillusioned than angry, at least that’s the initial take of fans and spectators looking from the outside. Image Source: 6abc Philadelphia
On June 7, 2018, Bryan Colangelo officially parted ways with the Philadelphia 76ers after he resigned from his position as general manager and president of basketball operations.
What went before
It was sometime in February when news broke that Bryan Colangelo’s wife managed at least five fake Twitter accounts. After a thorough investigation, it was determined that while Colangelo’s wife was managing the accounts and posting about the team and other insider information, Bryan himself was directly involved, as he knew about the accounts and information came from him, Jeffrey Breault says.
So here’s what went down in Twitter-verse:
- NBA star players including Joel Embiid were bashed and criticized
- Criticized and questioned the decisions of the Sixers coaching team
- Criticized former Sixers staff, especially former GM Sam Hinkie
- Shared insider trade secrets
- Maligned the name and reputation of the team’s players, especially Joel Embiid, the 76ers team itself, and occasionally, the NBA
As far as Jeffrey Breault can recall, Bryan Colangelo to date still hasn’t changed his initial statement that he had nothing to do with the fake Twitter accounts; that he wasn’t his wife’s source of information. Thankfully though, he had the “decency” to resign.
Of course, fumbles on Twitter are quite common among professional athletes, and actually, anyone and everyone from all corners of the world. Remember when Kevin Durant made certain comments about the Oklahoma City Thunder after he left them for the Golden State Warriors, asks Jeffrey Breault? While he did apologize after, his comments made him look and sound ungrateful; and quite frankly, his self-confidence was displaced.
But that’s how it is with social media and the cyber public. If you’re a celebrity of some sort, famous in any way, you’d be sure that all eyes will be on you. And those watchful eyes will be multiplied by a hundred times over if you’re a professional athlete, reminds Jeffrey Breault.
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