WR White’s tweak to Mercer ‘bet’ OK with fan

Updated: March 23, 2014, 12:01 PM ET

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Roddy White responded Sunday to apparent backlash over his attempt to amend a Twitter bet with a follower over Friday’s Duke-Mercer NCAA tournament game but the fan in question says he’s fine with the wide receiver’s response.
White told the fan last week that he would give him Atlanta Falcons season tickets on the 50-yard line if 14th-seeded Mercer beat third-seeded Duke. After Mercer upset Duke 78-71, the tweet ended up going viral.

@DHoyt77 if mercer beat duke I will give you season tickets 50 yard line first row
– Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) March 18, 2014
After Duke’s loss, White responded Friday to his followers that he would pay off the bet by giving the fan tickets to the Falcons’ game this season vs. the Chicago Bears, not realizing that the fan was a Falcons fan and Mercer’s nickname is also Bears.

I lost a bet and I will give him tickets to the bears game since he is a bears fan done with this bet
– Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) March 21, 2014
Sunday morning, after apparently receiving criticism over his tweak to the bet, White told his followers to calm down.

Y’all people are crazy on twitter you want me to man up and pay a bet to a person that had nothing to lose in the bet #soundsridicules
– Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) March 23, 2014

Plus it’s illegal to gamble in the NFL
– Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) March 23, 2014
However, while some of White’s followers are upset, the follower involved in the bet said in a series of tweets Sunday that he’s fine with the response.

I don’t expect anything from @roddywhiteTV because it wasn’t even a legit bet. I do not want to be a distraction to The Falcons organization
– Dylan Hoyt (@DHoyt77) March 23, 2014

@roddywhiteTV Don’t stress it! Go out and get on your grind and let’s win a Super Bowl!
– Dylan Hoyt (@DHoyt77) March 23, 2014

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