Earlier this week, a lifelong Pittsburgh Steelers fan living in Wisconsin bet Le'Veon Bell on Twitter that if she could secure enough retweets on her prom invitation, the 25-year-old running back would accompany her to her high school's dance.
The reasons the Waukesha School District laid out for why Bell can not escort 17-year-old Waukesha West (Wisc.) junior Ava Tarantino are two-fold, the first being he's too old to attend.
A teenage girl has won a prom date with her favorite National Football League player thanks to a Twitter challenge she started herself - and he wants to make good on his promise.
Bell is "barred from the dance itself, according to district policy, because he is too old and was once busted for possession of marijuana and driving under the influence".
"You can Google Mr. Bell", school spokeswoman Terry Schuster said, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. But school rules may stop him from attending.
"Everyone makes mistakes", Jim Tarantino said, "we all do".
Every girl dreams of having the ideal prom date, but for Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers fan, Ava Tarintino, that dream may come to a halt.
"We have to be equitable in the way we treat our students", the spokesperson told the paper. Bell responded, "600 & it's a deal". Bell's girlfriend was going to do Tarantino's makeup for the night. And Tarantino is on the lookout for a dress, preferably in the Steelers' colors, black and yellow.
"I'm hoping we can come to something that would be beneficial for everybody", Jim Tarantino said.
"I think, in this case, he's a celebrity".
Bell was suspended for three games at the start of this season for violating the league's substance abuse policy.