Someone posing as Alabama running back Trent Richardson has been using Twitter this week to make it seem as if the real draft prospect has been flirting with the possibility of playing for the Browns.
The account -- @trentrich03 -- has more than 16,000 followers, but is fake, according to Josh Maxson, an associate communications director for the University of Alabama's athletic department.
"It is not real," Maxson wrote in an e-mail to the Beacon Journal. "Trent does not have a Twitter (account) and isn't planning on getting one."
The tweets from the impostor have become topics of conversation on Cleveland sports talk radio and the blogosphere.
I was a victim of this prank, too, because I posted messages from the fake account on this blog earlier today. After some of my Twitter followers mentioned they thought it might be a fraud, I sought a definitive answer. I apologize to all of my readers for creating any confusion.
The real Richardson, a candidate to be picked fourth overall by the Browns on April 26, reportedly visited the team earlier this week.
Here are some tweets from the fake account that got Browns fans riled up:
Had a great time in Cleveland. Its in God's hands now— Trent Richardson (@TrentRich03) April 4, 2012
S/o to everyone in Buc Nation! It was nice to be back in Florida— Trent Richardson (@TrentRich03) April 6, 2012
Not gonna lie, Pewter & Red a nice combo. Florida love— Trent Richardson (@TrentRich03) April 6, 2012
Love the brownie mascot. Bring back the elf— Trent Richardson (@TrentRich03) April 6, 2012
Got no idea where I'm gonna be next year. Just a hat I got on my visit— Trent Richardson (@TrentRich03) April 7, 2012
My favorite color Brown, no pun intended— Trent Richardson (@TrentRich03) April 7, 2012