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.

https://twitter.com/Jovan_Belcher/status/274926898751082498

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.

https://twitter.com/Jovan_Belcher/statuses/274937385781981184

https://twitter.com/Jovan_Belcher/statuses/274956595664912386

https://twitter.com/Jovan_Belcher/status/274970779060428800

The account has also retweeted what look like fake accounts for other sports figures.

https://twitter.com/33Bynum/status/274963662752595968

kobe-bryant-fraud

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.

https://twitter.com/BrandonTalks/status/274942661117497346

Some people wonder why Twitter hasn’t suspended the account yet.

While the official @Twitter account has not commented on [email protected]_Belcher handle, it appears this one is a ghoulish fake. A repulsively ghoulish fake:

https://twitter.com/Jovan_Belcher/status/274964524040339457

Update 12/2/2012:

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.

From KCTV:

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.

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