Jimmy Garoppolo, Kyle Shanahan call recent headlines ‘a learning experience’

Jimmy Garoppolo throws a pass during practice. —AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File

49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo said he’s learned “life is different now” after his name has dominated recent headlines.

“My life off the field, I’ve never really been big on being very public with things,” Garoppolo told reporters at Levi’s Stadium. “Even social media, I’m not out there a ton, but my life is looked at differently [now] and I’m under a microscope.”

In the days leading up to training camp, Garoppolo was featured in one of five cover stories for Bleacher Report’s Power 50 and was the subject of — though he declined to be interviewed for — a Sports Illustrated article. Both authors spoke to Garoppolo’s family and revealed several details about the past season (e.g. Patriots coach Bill Belichick texted Garoppolo after each of his starts with the 49ers).

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The most pre-training camp buzz, however, perhaps came from a recent date Garoppolo went on in Los Angeles. TMZ posted a video of Garoppolo dining with former adult film star Kiara Mia at Avra Beverly Hills last week. The pair is seen sharing a toast before eventually leaving the restaurant arm-in-arm. Mia later told TMZ Garoppolo treated her “with so much respect and class.”

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan joked Wednesday he wasn’t aware of the chatter involving his quarterback.

“I’ve never heard of any of those articles,” he said. “What are you talking about?”

Shanahan, in all seriousness, called the heightened media attention surrounding Garoppolo “a learning experience.” After finishing 5-0 as San Francisco’s starting quarterback last season and inking a five-year, $137.5 million contract in February, Garoppolo enters the upcoming year as one of the highest paid players in NFL history. Shanahan expressed confidence in the 26-year-old’s ability to manage the hype both on and off the field.

“Jimmy’s come from a place where he saw a lot of people handle that spotlight and everything,” he said. “I think Jimmy does have an idea — I think everybody has an idea of how you should handle the spotlight. But not everyone is in that spotlight.”

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“Never in my life have I commented on a player’s date in July, so I’m not going to start today because I don’t think it really pertains or matters to us,” he continued. “But I do think that is a very good example. Even though, you know, sometimes you have to learn how under the microscope we all are. It’s not just the quarterback. It’s all players. The quarterback definitely gets more than anyone else, but I think it’s a good learning experience for him and he’s got to know what comes with that stuff.”

Garoppolo agreed with his coach.

“It’s like Kyle said, it is a good learning experience,” he told reporters. “Just have to take it in stride. It is what it is.”