49ers player and Bay Area sportswriter get into a wild feud

A feud between 49ers defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw and longtime Bay Area sportswriter Grant Cohn collapsed dramatically on Tuesday, with Kinlaw confronting Cohn in practice then later berating him on the livestream of the writer.

Cohn, a second-generation team horsefly who now writes about the 49ers for a Sports Illustrated blog, has been deriding Kinlaw as an injury-prone bust from almost the time he was drafted in 2020. According to Cohn, Kinlaw stared at him Niners OTA in Santa Clara on Tuesday. Like Cohn told with a huge smile on his facehe responded by asking Kinlaw “Why are you looking at me like that, Javon?”

At that point, Kinlaw apparently decided he had heard enough. According to Cohn, Kinlaw responded by calling him the N-word “bitch” and knocking the hat off his head. AP writer Josh Dubow, who was there, confirmed Cohn’s account.

In a video recap of the first confrontation with Kinlaw, Cohn freely admitted that he said a “hundred negative thingsabout Kinlaw, including saying he has an “80-year-old knee.” But when Kinlaw appeared on his stream a few hours later, Cohn pretended not to know why the player was angry. That’s the difference between Cohn and the real Jim Rome trolls: he couldn’t keep his story straight.

Kinlaw finally hopped on Cohn’s evening stream — while eating — and that’s when things got really crazy. “Do you think you are representing the 49ers well right now?” Cohn scored several times. “Do you think the 49ers are proud of what you’re saying right now?” Kinlaw responded by cutting out wrestling promos as dinner flowed from his mouth.

Kinlaw more or less conceded that Cohn’s version of events from practice was accurate. With some added color.

“When I pressed you f—king nobody, you f—king was shaking like a coward, voice lighter than my f—king baby, fam,” Kinlaw told Cohn. “What’s up with that?”

Cohn, from the safety of his home at this point, asked Kinlaw if he thought he was afraid of the 6-foot-5, 320-pound NFL player.

“I don’t care if you’re [scared] or not,” Kinlaw replied. “All I know is when I bumped into you, your fucking body temperature was ice cold…your fucking balls had shrunk, little dick [N-word].” (The size of Cohn’s genitalia was a frequently revisited theme by Kinlaw on the stream.)

Despite all the insistence that “my nuts are bigger than yours,” Kinlaw was right. “Stop talking about me like I’m an animal or something,” Kinlaw asked Cohn. “No one is kidding you. … You have to find a new job.

For his part, when he was not complaining about being supposedly “threatens“, Cohn reveled in the attention.

“Javon Kinlaw called me a ‘sucka ass bitch’ today. You can’t say that. For me it was one of the best days of my life,” Cohn said. “Definitely one of the best days of my career. I’m honored that Javon Kinlaw thinks I’m an asshole. I’ve worked so hard in my life to achieve this status. Thank you, Javon.

Later in the stream, Cohn admitted he was glad he made Kinlaw so angry and learned his tricks as a legacy braggart.

“My dad was in the industry,” Cohn said of his father, Lowell Cohn, a notorious longtime columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and Santa Rosa Press Democrat who once likened PED users to murderers, among other stuff. “He put me on the game when I was very young. Because if [Kinlaw] touched me, if he pushed, me, man… I could retire today. That’s what crossed my mind: I’m about to be a multimillionaire thanks to Javon Kinlaw.

Niners defensive end Arik Armstead, who has been fed up with young Cohn since he worked at his dad’s newspaper, shared this part of the live stream in disgust. “This is the type of low life we ​​let into our building”, Armstead written tuesday evening. “He’d rather antagonize and incite players to hit him so he can retire than do his ‘job’ of journalism.” Taybor long snapper Pepper said Cohn’s writing was “low effort posting”. (Several NFL players on other teams, including a longtime 49er, OK.)

Deebo Samuel wrote on Instagram that he blocked Cohn, while fellow 49er Brandon Aiyuk pointed out Cohn’s cowardice in handling it all. “If you went and said something about someone, stand on it,” Aiyuk wrote. “Don’t back down and start playing victim.”

The 49ers and Cohn did not respond to requests for comment on Wednesday, although Cohn spent most of the morning complaining in a Twitter Space.

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