Georgia’s Stetson Bennett defends parade behavior in social media spat with radio host

Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett wore his own bright red styled sweatshirt while his teammates wore championship game gear to the Bulldogs' celebration. Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023, in Athens. (Hyosub Shin /

ATHENS — Stetson Bennett issued a response to critics of his behavior and the comments he made at the Georgia football parade and stadium celebration last Saturday.

Bennett used his Twitter account to tangle with popular Atlanta radio talk show host Steak Shapiro, who had taken issue with how the 25-year-old former walk-on quarterback turned Cinderella success story interacted with fans.

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Shapiro tweeted out Tuesday morning that,

“Stetson Bennett needed someone to tell him to get off his damn phone during a parade and to show some graciousness and appreciation to the fans that were sitting in that stadium.

You want to crush the media you think were mean to you do it a press conference. #Badmoments.”

Shapiro’s remarks about crushing the media were in reference to Bennett telling former UGA quarterback and current Atlanta media member D.J. Shockley that “ya’ll burned us.”

Shockley, a former SEC Championship Game MVP who was the emcee of the event, had asked Bennett what he would be most proud of on the heels of the program winning back-to-back national championships.

The Bulldogs were favored in every game this season, and Bennett was selected fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting by a panel consisting mostly of media members -- even though the SEC Coaches did not vote him first-team All-SEC, and he did not earn All-American honors.

Bennett’s comments about the media doubting the team caught many off guard.

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Bennett first joked with Shapiro that he was “too old to understand the latest technology” of cell phones, before issuing a full-on response to the 92.9 radio star:

Mr Med Rare: One phone was mine. One phone was connected to the Bluetooth. Mine had the playlists. The other had the aux. I appreciate your concern with my image/ intentions/loyalties/ obligations (as well as your willingness to reach out to me to confirm them), you obviously thought quite deeply about some motives I might’ve had. To help fill in some holes though can I give you the ‘inside’ scoop?

Parades are a symbol of celebration, and while last year’s was a celebration of that championship, this year’s parade was a celebration of a very special period of time (for me! Of course there is the possibility that I’m wrong).

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