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How an unverified Kolton Miller account fooled the NFL and caused a stir over Trump

Kolton Miller takes a selfie with fans as he celebrates being selected by the Raiders during the NFL draft Thursday in Arlington, Texas.
Kolton Miller takes a selfie with fans as he celebrates being selected by the Raiders during the NFL draft Thursday in Arlington, Texas. The Associated Press

Kolton Miller doesn't use his Twitter account often.

Yet, the newest Raider is getting all sorts of attention – both positive and negative – on the social media site.

Oakland selected the offensive lineman with the 15th pick in the NFL draft Thursday. He made a rare visit to Twitter to celebrate the occasion.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Been some time since I&#39;ve tweeted but what better time than now! So hyped to join <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RaiderNation?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RaiderNation</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/RAIDERS?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Raiders</a>. Check out my first <a href="https://twitter.com/NFL?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NFL</a> trading card with <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PaniniInstant?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#PaniniInstant</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NFLDraft?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NFLDraft</a> <a href="https://t.co/fBNCGtOWZb">https://t.co/fBNCGtOWZb</a> <a href="https://t.co/bsHNGCI3Xd">pic.twitter.com/bsHNGCI3Xd</a></p>&mdash; Kolton (@kolton_miller) <a href="https://twitter.com/kolton_miller/status/989696604289536000?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 27, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

"Been some time since I've tweeted but what better time than now! So hyped to join #RaiderNation," he tweeted.

But why so much negativity surrounding Miller? An unverified Twitter account bearing his name (@KoltonMiller) and a profile photo of Miller in his UCLA uniform gained wide attention Thursday.

He received congratulations from the official NFL Twitter account, as well as Raiders offensive tackle Kelechi Osemele.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/KoltonMiller?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@KoltonMiller</a> welcome to the room baby!!! Excited to work with you </p>&mdash; Kelechi Osemele (@KOseven0) <a href="https://twitter.com/KOseven0/status/989687448387993601?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 27, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">With the #15 overall pick in the 2018 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NFLDraft?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NFLDraft</a>, the <a href="https://twitter.com/RAIDERS?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RAIDERS</a> select <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/KoltonMiller?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#KoltonMiller</a> (<a href="https://twitter.com/KoltonMiller?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@KoltonMiller</a>)! <br><br>: NFLN/FOX/ESPN <a href="https://t.co/HtzVM9hipk">pic.twitter.com/HtzVM9hipk</a></p>&mdash; NFL (@NFL) <a href="https://twitter.com/NFL/status/989682121026437121?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 27, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

The user played up the news during the draft.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Blessed to be picked #15 in this years 2018 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/nfldraft?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#nfldraft</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RaiderNation?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RaiderNation</a> can’t wait to get out there and grind!</p>&mdash; Kolton Miller (@KoltonMiller) <a href="https://twitter.com/KoltonMiller/status/989683709971456000?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 27, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Some people seemed upset about tweets supporting President Donald Trump.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Here’s your new OT <a href="https://t.co/Ka1xPjA19X">pic.twitter.com/Ka1xPjA19X</a></p>&mdash; Marcus (@M_G0NZ) <a href="https://twitter.com/M_G0NZ/status/989696825975164929?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 27, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Kolton Miller begins with a K<br>KKK begins with a K<br><br>The Raiders just drafted a white supremacist.</p>&mdash; Barry McCockiner (@Sp0rtsTalkJo3) <a href="https://twitter.com/Sp0rtsTalkJo3/status/989682310458068994?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 27, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

But a quick look at the account's past retweets show "happy birthday" wishes on Nov. 3, 2017, a day after the unverified @KoltonMiller tweeted "18 tomorrow". The 22-year-old former UCLA player's birthday is Sept. 2.

The account, created in February 2010, had nearly 2,000 followers as of 9:30 p.m., while the verified @Kolton_Miller account had about 1,200 – and only eight tweets despite being active since November 2013.

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr wasn't fooled. Carr found Miller's real account and welcomed his new teammate.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/kolton_miller?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@kolton_miller</a> welcome to <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RaiderNation?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RaiderNation</a> bro! Haha I guess this is the correct account! </p>&mdash; Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) <a href="https://twitter.com/derekcarrqb/status/989706373947518976?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 27, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

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