The Philadelphia 76ers are no strangers to a social media controversy involving a member of their organization. Earlier this year, the team saw turnover in its front office following a saga involving burner accounts that eventually were attributed to the wife of former general manager Bryan Colangelo. The accounts were critical of, among other things, players and former general manager Sam Hinkie.
On Saturday, new general manager Elton Brand released a statement regarding a new social media-based controversy. This time, it involves tweets that were sent by the father of big man Mike Muscala, who the team acquired in a trade during the offseason. While there were no specifics in the statement, Brand said the posts by Muscala’s father, Bob, “are unacceptable and in no way reflective of the beliefs of our organization.”
It was unclear what, exactly, Muscala said, as his Twitter account, @ChemicalHealth, hasn’t posted anything out of the ordinary for an older, conservative man. However, some sleuthing done by the Twitterverse that was compiled by Kyle Neubeck of Philly Voice showed that he, too, used an apparent burner account. In the case of Muscala, he posted racist tweets regarding the Jimmy Butler situation in Minnesota. (Viewer discretion is advised.)