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George Kittle helped fuel the Antonio Brown-to-49ers speculation with one three-lettered tweet.
— George Kittle (@gkittle46) January 1, 2019
As it turns out, Kittle, as he claims, sent the tweet with a little nudge from Jimmy Garoppolo. And yes, the tweet was sent late on New Years Eve.
“Jimmy totally dared me to do it,” Kittle said Wednesday. “And I am not going to say no. (I) threw it out there, and I thought it was going to be completely meaningless, and I got a response in about 10 minutes. I was like, ‘Oh, that’s exciting.’ It was fun.”
Twenty-five minutes later, Brown cyber-flirted back.
— Antonio Brown (@AB84) January 1, 2019
On Wednesday, about 10 minutes after Kittle broke the backstory of the twitter exchange with Brown, Garoppolo was asked if he really dared Kittle.
“It depends who you ask,” Garoppolo said. “He said it was (me)? I’d take it with a grain of salt then.”
Brown, of course, ultimately signed with the Oakland Raiders. The 49ers never appeared interested in trading for him, despite the hoopla. The team did, however, make a strong push for Odell Beckham Jr., but the Giants’ asking price was too much, and Beckham Jr. eventually signed with the Cleveland Browns.
But Kittle tried his best.
“Social media is a great time as long as you are responsible on it,” he said.