76ers apologize after offensive tweets from Mike Muscala's father surface on burner account

Philadelphia general manager Elton Brand released a statement Saturday condemning tweets that surfaced from a burner account connected to forward Mike Muscala’s father.

Brand called the tweets, which included racist messaging criticizing Timberwolves forward Jimmy Butler, “inappropriate and offensive.”

The Twitter account was operating under the name “MuskieBobber,” a team source confirmed to the Philly Voice and ESPN. The account has since been deleted.

“Earlier today, I was made aware of inappropriate and offensive social media posts from Bob Muscala, father of Mike Muscala, “Brand said, via the Philly Voice. “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.”

Mike Muscala was acquired in a trade this offseason after spending five seasons in Atlanta. He too released an apology for his father’s comments.

“First and foremost, I want to apologize for my father’s offensive social media commentary,” Mike Muscala said. “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.”

He also praised the “professionalism and support shown by Elton, coach (Brett) Brown, (his) teammates and the entire 76ers organization.” 

This isn’t the first time the 76ers had to deal with a social media problem.

The Philadelphia organization hired Brand last month, after former general manager Bryan Colangelo resigned. Colangelo left the 76ers in June after his wife admitted to using multiple Twitter accounts to criticize team members while showing support for her husband online.

“This situation is also a reminder to our players, coaches and staff of the potential impact — both positive and negative — of social media,” Brand added. “We will use this situation to once again review, monitor and discuss appropriate social media usage across all areas of our organization.”