On Halloween night, Andrews asked Garoppolo how it felt to be leading an undefeated team, after the 49ers beat the Arizona Cardinals on “Thursday Night Football” to improve their record to 8-0.
“Feels great, baby!” Garoppolo responded.
The remark sparked a furor online, as critics alleged that Garoppolo’s comment was disrespectful of Andrews’ professionalism as a journalist and the fact that she is a married woman.
“I didn’t expect it to blow up like that,” Garoppolo told reporters Thursday, according to SFGate.com. “It is what it is. I was excited. Eight-and-oh, baby!”
He added: “I say ‘baby’ like 500 times a game to my teammates and stuff. It wasn’t like that,” according to Yahoo Sports.
“I say ‘baby’ like 500 times a game to my teammates and stuff. It wasn’t like that.”
— Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers quarterback
The day after the game, Garoppolo’s 49ers teammate, offensive tackle Joe Staley, posted on Twitter: “8-0!!! Feels great baby!!!” – appearing to good-naturedly mock Garoppolo’s comment to Andrews.
Staley’s tweet drew a response from Andrews, who posted a series of “clapping hands” emojis.
On Thursday, Andrews also responded to video of Garoppolo explaining that he meant no harm.
“Exactly!” Andrews wrote.
On Monday night, the 49ers will get a chance to go 9-0 when they face the Seattle Seahawks in Santa Clara, Calif.