The basketball world is waking up today to a Twitter account scandal that has rocked the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Ringer’s Ben Detrick published a story late Tuesday about five burner Twitter accounts he linked to Sixers president of basketball operations, Bryan Colangelo, that criticized the team’s coach, Brett Brown; players and executives as well as other league executives. Some accounts also revealed sensitive team information. Detrick has found suspicious links to Colangelo for each of these accounts.
One of those accounts took a shot at the Heat’s Dwyane Wade, and his wife, actress Gabrielle Union, in response to a February 2017 tweet from Union, who pointed out that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady did not visit the White House when Barack Obama was president.
The account belonging to ‘Eric jr’ with the Twitter handle @A1Vic40117560 blasted Union and Wade, saying he sat next to the couple at a restaurant while at the Beijing Olympics and they were “nasty” to a young fan before adding he “never looked at Wade the same after that.”
Here is the post, according to Detrick, who said the account was active between April 2016 and May 2017.
“I sat NEXT to you and (Wade) at Beijing Olympics and saw you both being rude nasty to little kid fan. Had to eat yr pizza. … You showed no respect to this little kid, who are you to stand on high grounds? Never looked at DW the same after that.”
The Beijing Olympics were in 2008 and at the time Colangelo was managing director of the U.S. men’s national basketball team.
Wade responded on Twitter early today, saying Union was not at the 2008 Olympics. Wade and Union were married in 2014 but they started dating in 2009 according to several reports.
Wade was the leading scorer for the Gold Medal-winning USA team in 2008, averaging 16.0 points per game.
Union posted two responses, one backing Wade’s claim she was not in Beijing at the time.
Another with her original post.
Colangelo issued a statement late Tuesday, confirming the account with the handle @phila1234567 is his, but denied involvement with any of the other accounts, including the one belonging to ‘Erik jr.’