Sixers: What The Ringer Exposed!


The Ringer Story is fantastic and disturbing at the same time.

Last night, was a slow night in Philadelphia sports.  My time today I thought today’s post would be about the dominance of Jake Arrieta in May.  The Phillies won their 30th game of the season last night.   Something that did not occur last year until July 16th.   Pedro Florimon did suffer a broken foot.  Rhys Hoskin’s face is fine, and the team won 6-1.  The story of this game was Arrieta’s dominance on the mound.  Arrieta’s May numbers prove the 25 million a year number is not an overpay or reach.

5 Starts, a 2-1 record, a 0.90 ERA, 30IP, 3 ER, 25 Hits, 20Ks, 9 BB

But as today starts the Phillies and Jake will have to go back burner.  This is because of this well-researched, and even a better-written piece from The Ringer.   It truly is one of those “only in Philly” stories.  Currently, as this post is in its development, the Sixers are balls out.


The Ringer Story Itself

It is no doubt credible.   The work and research began back in  February.  The most disturbing yet interesting part of the story is documented below.

“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 (I had already been following Still Balling with an anonymous account of my own, which allowed me to see activity after it went private). Since I contacted the Sixers, Still Balling has unfollowed 37 accounts with ties to Colangelo, including several of his son’s college basketball teammates, a former coach from his son’s high school, and an account that shares the same name as the agent Warren LeGarie, who has represented Colangelo in the past.”

It appears that from Ben Detrick’s side he worked this story.   After getting a tip and putting in some research, he reached out to the Sixers for confirmation.  While only getting official confirmation on one of the accounts in question.  The others during this time went from public to private and went completely dark.  Something does not add up in this story.

Bryan Colangelo’s Response

Because of how the story played out and if what Detrick reported in the article.  Something is not right.   I have no reason to not believe the writer.   In stating the accounts went dark and switched to private, I would expect a different answer.  At the least the behavior demonstrated, does not match the response from Bryan.  See his response below:

“Like many of my colleagues in sports, I have used social media as a means to keep up with the news. While I have never posted anything whatsoever on social media, I have used the @Phila1234567 Twitter account referenced in this story to monitor our industry and other current events. This storyline is disturbing to me on many levels, as I am not familiar with any of the other accounts that have been brought to my attention, nor do I know who is behind them or what their motives may be in using them.”

He confirms definitely using one of the accounts, although never posting anything as.   This does not surprise me that much.   It is not new for athletes and other high-level professionals, to have burner twitter accounts, to follow other players, agents, or even follow how fans feel about them. What is strange in this story, the timing.  As soon as a due diligence reporter reached out trying to confirm or deny the story, he was hit with half-truths.

For myself, I never trusted Colangelo.  The entire force feeding placed on us by the NBA rubbed me the wrong way from the word go.  Let us not get started on what could be a Markelle Fultz disaster, lace job that the Celtics pulled on us at last year’s draft.  I find it unlikely that Colangelo either did not run these himself or at least who did.  The story does a great job pointing that out, especially the type and rhetoric of the tweets, themselves.

The Effect on the Team

My feeling on this is that it is not good.   For, the most part this team is young.   There are three players, thought to be the future of this team.  Two of these pieces are generational talents, acquired by the prior regime.   The third piece we are unsure of what he is, cause he could not get on the floor this year.   Upsetting more is that if we look at some of the direct tweets from said accounts, they almost seem to be of a defensive nature.  Almost as a platform to rip the prior regime while building up his own ego.

A tweet on Joel Embiid:

This tweet on Fultz, has a tone, of defense.  Almost a don’t blame me, blame the mentor, this is not my mistake mentality.

Tweets like this for a young team, are not good.  Especially a team building toward a future with their young talent.  In what is now more than ever facing the most important offseason in the history of the franchise.  This was the last team and its young talent needed.   It’s an unwarranted distraction, to say the least.  No idea what type of impact it could have an on a young developing team.

The process himself, Joel Embiid, the most notable of the process.   He responded this way.

It sounds like he does not believe this.   But again, he has to walk the company line, and he is young.  Oh to be young again.

The Teams Future

This has implications, that lead to a bad ending, especially for this team as it is currently built.   As stated above the Sixers as a team has started an independent investigation.  ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski made some interesting points, which we touch on all of them.

As an IT Guy, this will not be too hard for the gurus to figure out.   The public IP the accounts were registered from who it belongs, along with the email addresses associated the with the account.   Sure, anyone can make up some spoof email, but it still all started on some ISP Circuit.  My hope is that it does not loop back to the Sixers training complex in Camden or the Wells Fargo Center.   Talk about a controversy.  That would be some kind of shit.   Although, while I do not trust Colangelo, I also find it out hard to believe, he or his peons would be this stupid.


Correct, it does not add up.  But neither did him just receiving this job because the NBA grew sour on the process.  The rhetoric on these tweets although different screen names are also similar.   Also, as I stated the tone is very defensive.   While he may not have been involved (which I still do not believe), he knew it was going on.

This really could not have broken at a worse time.  With free agency coming, and this appearing to be a destination point for big time free agents.   Including maybe even the G.O.A.T, this changes the landscape of that entire situation.  Would you as a free agent want to deal with this? Come to a team that is close, and then have to answer about twitter feuds and inner-tension. This whole story reeks of Colangelo, thinking his job was to secure and not manning up to his mistakes as the GM.

The Sixers need to resolve this before the Finals begin tomorrow.   This team should not have to deal with this over the summer and they need to focus on completing the process.  This type of distraction only slows that down.   Ultimately, ownership is going to need to move on from Bryan Colangelo.  He spoke enough half truths, and the accounts going in the dark, as soon as follow up happened, shows he (or someone close to him) know more then what they admit too.

The stories this summer should be about Brett Brown, getting a chance to show what he can do with talent after resigning. We should be discussing options in the NBA Draft, and how they can improve the team.   Ultimately, we should be waiting for the announcement of Lebron, coming to the Sixers, after he is overmatched by a Warriors team, built to an unfair advantage.

This will not have a good outcome unless Sixers ownership makes a move soon.

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