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PR Expert Paints A Bleak Picture For Jimmy Garoppolo After Porn Star Date

Jimmy Garoppolo on a date with porn star Kiara Mia.

Jimmy Garoppolo has the right to date whomever he wants. Most people should agree with that statement, even if they weren't super impressed by his night out with porn star Kiara Mia last week.

Even if that's the case, Jimmy G could be doing significant damage to his public brand. One public relations expert says that the damage is already done because of the video published by TMZ from the dinner out.

Sporting Newswriter Michael McCarthy interviewed "The Reputation Doctor" Mike Paul about Garoppolo's potential image issue.

Paul says that the Jimmy Garoppolo Kiara Mia date could cost him significant endorsements.

Garoppolo is expected to be the long-term answer at quarterback for one of the NFL's top franchises: the San Francisco 49ers. He is inheriting the same position that Joe Montana and Steve Young helmed a few decades ago.

Dating porn stars may keep him from cashing in on his full potential, though.

If Garoppolo wants to follow in the multi-million-dollar footsteps of Madison Avenue endorsers like Manning, Brady and Cam Newton, then the more “family-friendly” his image, the better, according to the president of Reputation Doctor LLC. The same goes for the images of the team and the league.

"There’s benefits to being family-friendly. The more family-friendly you are, the more opportunity you have to have sponsors," said Paul, who’s worked with many pro athletes. “If you’re blocking sponsors because you’re dating a porn star, that’s not good for you. Or the team. Or the league."

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"Garoppolo wanted to be different from Brady? Well, mission accomplished. You’re 'Porn Boy' now," Paul said. "Even if he says the (Mia) relationship is over, you can’t shed that label just because you want to. The porn industry won’t forget.

"You’ve already put your reputation, your team’s reputation and the league’s reputation at risk."

Garoppolo certainly doesn't have to apologize. However, he did recognize the issue when asked about the date in a press conference on Wednesday.

“Life is different now. My life off the field, I’ve never really been big on being very public with things. Even social media. I’m not out there a ton. My life’s looked at differently. I’m under a microscope. It’s like Kyle said, it’s a good learning experience.”

Garoppolo shouldn't worry about what the Britt McHenrys or Jason Whitlocks of the world have to say. However, if he wants to maximize his marketability, then it is something of which he should probably be cognizant.

[Sporting News]