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Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union Linked to Colangelo Twitter Scandal
- Updated: May 30, 2018
Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade is an avid user of social media, offering plenty of opinions on a variety topics. However, on Tuesday, he and his wife, Gabrielle Union, inadvertently became connected to a bizarre Twitter scandal involving Philadelphia 76ers general manager Bryan Colangelo.
An investigation by Ben Detrick of The Ringer offered strong evidence that five different burner (or fake) accounts were used by Colangelo to offer anonymous criticism of 76ers management, coaches and players. In addition, other people within the NBA were targeted for attacks, with Wade and Union in the crosshairs on one occasion.
Colangelo’s apparent enmity toward Wade and Union (under the fake Twitter handle of “Eric jr”) stemmed from an alleged incident involving Wade during the 2008 Summer Olympics at a Beijing restaurant:
“In two responses to a February 2017 tweet from actress Gabrielle Union, who pointed out that Tom Brady didn’t visit the White House when Barack Obama was president, Eric jr went on the attack,” Detrick wrote. “‘I sat NEXT to you and [Dwyane Wade] at Beijing Olympics and saw you both being rude nasty to little kid fan,’ the account said. ‘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.’ During the 2008 Olympics, Jerry Colangelo (Bryan’s father), then the managing director of the U.S. men’s national basketball team, was in Beijing.”
In response to the controversy, both Wade and Union used Twitter to offer biting rebuttals to the claim. The most pertinent was the fact that Union wasn’t even there, with her relationship with Wade not beginning until the following year.
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) May 30, 2018
Well ain't this interesting. I didnt go to the Beijing Olympics so whoever wrote the tweets created a whole rude celeb fantasy for a very specific reason, an attempt to discredit me for my tweets about athletes not wanting to go to the White House ??? https://t.co/OozdMUziPL
This is the tweet that got old boy's panties in a bunch. Since he couldn't argue with facts he created a scenario where the black athlete & actress are ungrateful jerks to children. Nice try kiddo. https://t.co/F5hLiaUAkn
Colangelo stated on Tuesday that he has a Twitter account, but has never used it. He also denied using burner accounts, including the one attributed to Eric jr. The 76ers have begun an investigation into the matter.