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The Philadelphia 76ers apologized Saturday for offensive tweets made by a burner Twitter account run by Sixers center Mike Muscala’s father.
According to Kyle Neubeck of PhillyVoice, 76ers general manager Elton Brand released the following statement on the matter:
“Earlier today, I was made aware of inappropriate and offensive social media posts from Bob Muscala, father of Mike Muscala. Simply put, they are unacceptable and in no way reflective of the beliefs of our organization.
“Having known Mike since his rookie year in 2013-14 when we were teammates, I am also certain these posts are in no way reflective of his own personal beliefs. Mike has always been a great teammate and ambassador for the game of basketball, and he has never shied away from using his platform to do good in the community. He has our organization’s full support.
“This situation is also a reminder to our players, coaches and staff of the potential impact – both positive and negative – of social media. We will use this situation to once again review, monitor and discuss appropriate social media usage across all areas of our organization.”
Muscala also apologized for the posts his father, Bob Muscala, made:
“First and foremost, I want to apologize for my father’s offensive social media commentary. His comments were uncalled for and inappropriate, and they do not reflect who I am.
“I’d also like to apologize to the 76ers and my colleagues across the NBA for the distraction my father’s comments caused.
“I really appreciate the professionalism and support shown by Elton, Coach [Brett] Brown, my teammates and the entire 76ers organization.”
It was recently found that a Twitter account using the handle “MuskieBobber” was run by Muscala’s father. The account has since been deleted.
This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.
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October 13, 2018 at 05:27PM