Add Bryan Colangelo to the long list who have been burned by social media

FormerPhiladelphia 76erspresident and general manager Bryan Colangelo, who resigned Thursday, is far from the first person to find himself in hot water on social media. Many others have blazed this unfortunate trail before him. We look back at some posts that proved costly in the sports world, concentrating on those that had actual consequences that went beyond mere embarrassment.



  • Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen, rated by some as the top quarterback in the 2018 draft, drops to No. 7 (third quarterback selected) after racially insensitive tweets surface from when Allen was a high schooler (2018).

  • Browns running back Isaiah Crowell donates a game check ($35,294) to a Dallas police organization after a graphic Facebook post that depicted a police officer having his throat slashed (2016).




  • Switzerland national team player Michel Morganella is kicked off the country's Olympic team and sent home after making racist comments against Koreans on Twitter (2012).

  • Chelsea forward Kenedy is sent home from the Blues' preseason tour of China for derogatory comments about the Chinese made in a pair of Instagram videos (2017).

  • French national Samir Nasri is banned for six months by UEFA for a 500-milliliter intravenous drip treatment after photos on social media from a Los Angeles-based IV clinic showed him at the facility (2018).

  • Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann poses in blackface as a Harlem Globetrotter on Twitter and later apologizes after receiving considerable backlash (2017).

  • United States and Stoke City winger Brek Shea apologizes after brandishing guns on Instagram (2013). Shea also was the subject of an internal investigation after being pictured with a severed pig head as part of a "prank" against striker Kenwyne Jones.


  • Villanova guard Donte DiVincenzo deletes his Twitter account after old tweets from 2011 and 2013, in which he engages in racial and homophobic slurs, were discovered after his Final Four MVP performance (2018). The impact of the tweets on DiVincenzo's draft stock will remain an open question.



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