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Joe Staley discusses buying tickets from Rams fans for title game on KNBR



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Joe Staley’s just having a little fun with it.

The 49ers offensive tackle admitted on KNBR that he felt like stirring the pot Monday morning, doing some light trolling of Melissa Whitworth, wife of Rams offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth, and her plea for Rams fans not to sell their tickets to 49ers fans.

Staley’s tweet went viral, and led to Frank Gore also hopping on saying that he and Joe “are ready to buy all your tickets.”

Staley pumped the breaks a bit when he joined “Papa and Lund” Monday morning, saying that he can’t even go on social media right now because of the reaction to his joke.

“I’m not a huge social media person, but every once in a while I like to get on there and stir the pot a little bit,” Staley said on KNBR. “I saw a tweet from Andrew Whitworth’s wife that got retweeted and came on my feed and it said basically ‘I will buy all of your tickets, don’t sell them to the other team.’ So I said verbatim what she said but ‘don’t sell them to your own team, I will buy them.’ It was more of just stirring the pot.

“I can’t even go on social media, I can’t even look at anything, because I have a million requests right now. People think I’m out here hawking tickets. I’d have to sell off my house! Tickets are expensive now. I love the Niners but, you can figure it out.”

Originally, Ticketmaster was restricting ticket sales for the NFC Championship Game to fans who live in the LA area, prompting outrage from 49ers fans on social media. The Rams are clearly trying to avoid a repeat of the season finale, when 49ers fans took over SoFi Stadium, forcing Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford to go to a silent count.

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