The key piece of support for these being Colangelo’s accounts, besides commonalities in followers, language, and targets, is what happened after Detrick told the Sixers about a couple of them:

On Tuesday, May 22, I emailed the Sixers and shared the names of two of the accounts, phila1234567 and Eric jr (I did not disclose our suspicions about the other three accounts, one of which, Still Balling, had been active earlier that day; I did this to see whether the partial disclosure would trigger any changes to the other accounts). On a follow-up call that day, Philadelphia’s media representative told me that he would ask Colangelo whether he had any information about the two accounts.

That afternoon, within hours of the call, all three of the accounts I hadn’t discussed with the team switched from public to private, effectively taking them offline—including one (HonestAbe) that hadn’t been active since December. The Still Balling account, which had been tweeting daily, has not posted since the morning of the 22nd ... Since I contacted the Sixers, Still Balling has unfollowed 37 accounts with ties to Colangelo.


Colangelo eventually said that he used the handle @phila1234567, which never actually posted any tweets, while he denied knowing anything about “Eric jr.” The Sixers rep who spoke to Detrick said he hadn’t discussed the story with anyone else in the organization besides Colangelo.

A more circumstantial yet intriguing piece of evidence comes from one account’s implausibly admiring tweets. When someone asked if he was Bryan Colangelo: “No - but thanks for the compliment!” @Enoughunkownso1 tweeted back. “He is too classy to even engage. Worked with him: he is a class act.”


Either Bryan Colangelo is valiantly battling the haters online, or someone out there really, really loves him.

[The Ringer]