Innocent until proven guilty. That’s the letter of the law in the United States of America, so it makes sense that it’s the stance Joel Embiid is taking over Tuesday’s bombshell report from The Ringer that Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo was using as many as five burner Twitter accounts to criticize members of the team and release sensitive information (see story).
However, in true Embiid fashion, the big man took the opportunity to do a little trolling on his own Twitter account first.
At 9:08 p.m. Tuesday, The Ringer posted their initial report outlining the alleged Twitter use from Colangelo.
Embiid responded at 10:45 p.m. with his initial reaction to the report.
Shortly after, Embiid began liking the tweets from the alleged Colangelo account.
Then, in what seemed to be a major reaction, Embiid posted this to his account.
— Joel “Do a 180” Embiid??? (@JoelEmbiid) May 30, 2018
And Embiid finally summed things up with his real take.
Fun night on Twitter lmao.. All jokes asides I don’t believe the story. That would just be insane— Joel “Do a 180” Embiid??? (@JoelEmbiid) May 30, 2018
Was it all just Joel being Joel and trolling? Twenty-one minutes after Embiid’s tweet about former Sixers president and general manager Sam Hinkie, ESPN Senior NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted a statement from Embiid. Wojnarowski also added some interesting insight to the wackiness.
Sixers All-Star center Joel Embiid tells ESPN on Bryan Colangelo: “I talked to him and he said that he didn’t say that. He called me just to deny the story. Gotta believe him until proven otherwise. If true though, that would be really bad.”— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 30, 2018
Maybe there’s an IT person who can prove it wasn’t Bryan Colangelo, but here’s one of his biggest problems in disputing Ringer story: Those tweets reflected not only private team biz, but launched personal beefs/jealousies/frustrations that he’s shared inside and outside 76ers.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 30, 2018
Nevertheless, Colangelo is denying he is responsible for those tweets and many league executives seem to believe this: It is hard to fathom a GM risking his job in such a reckless manner. Many are giving him the benefit of doubt on that level alone. It just doesn’t add up. https://t.co/BDn3n0os2a— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 30, 2018
Richaun Holmes had this to say.
😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂— Richaun Holmes (@Rich_Holmes22) May 30, 2018
Additionally, former Sixer Trevor Booker, who was acquired by Colangelo, was also skeptical of the news being true.
I don’t think it’s true.— Trevor Booker (@35_Fitz) May 30, 2018
This is sure to be a developing situation over the next few days, and perhaps weeks, months and years, as Colangelo and members of the Sixers organization will be asked to comment on one of the wildest reports in recent history.