Do not donate money to the @Jovan_Belcher account.Twitter has confirmed it is a fake account. To the person behind this: You are disgusting.—
Alicia Jessop (@RulingSports) December 01, 2012
Just hours after it was reported that Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend before killing himself, the @Jovan_Belcher Twitter account sent its first tweet.
The account’s bio claims it’s the “Official Twitter Account of Chiefs Jovan Belcher” and the first tweet is purportedly from Belcher’s agent. But the account is unverified and appears to be tugging at Twitter users’ heartstrings in an effort to gain retweets and followers.
The account has also retweeted what look like fake accounts for other sports figures.
The “Kobe Bryant” account has already been suspended.
Sports journalist Jason La Canfora reports that Twitter confirmed the account is not “overseen by Belcher’s agent.”
The account has not responded to requests for confirmation that it’s the real deal.
Many Twitter users are disgusted.
Some people wonder why Twitter hasn’t suspended the account yet.
While the official @Twitter account has not commented on the @Jovan_Belcher handle, it appears this one is a ghoulish fake. A repulsively ghoulish fake:
Belcher’s agency confirms that they are not running the Twitter account.
But, this news agency hasn’t figured it out yet, and continues to report as if the account is real.
Belcher’s agent has been tweeting from his account and is encouraging everyone to donate to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention at afsp.org.
Using the same Twitter account, Belcher’s family said, “We would like to thank everyone for their support during this difficult time. We never would have imagined such a thing. A young child is now going to grow up without parents. Please continue to pray. God bless.”
Twitchy will continue to monitor and update with further developments.