The Philadelphia 76ers have launched an independent investigation into Tuesday's report linking president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo to multiple secret Twitter accounts, the team announced Wednesday.
"The allegations are serious," the 76ers' statement reads. "We will report the results of that investigation as soon as it is concluded."
An anonymous source told The Ringer's Ben Detrick in February that five Twitter accounts appeared to belong to Colangelo, and in some cases seemed to be disclosing internal and previously unreported information about the 76ers.
Detrick's research found that some of the accounts were also defending Colangelo's character and decision-making (both on the basketball and sartorial fronts), while criticizing 76ers players and other NBA executives - including Joel Embiid, Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor, Markelle Fultz, Raptors president Masai Ujiri (who was hired by and later replaced Colangelo in Toronto), and Colangelo's 76ers predecessor, Sam Hinkie.
When presented with Detrick's findings, Colangelo confirmed he was secretly operating one of the accounts, but denied any connection to the other four. The account he took ownership of follows 76ers staff and media members, but doesn't tweet.