49ers' Javon Kinlaw Tells Reporter Grant Cohn 'Stop F--king Playing with Me' on Video

Tim Daniels@@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist IVMay 25, 2022

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Javon Kinlaw #99 of the San Francisco 49ers takes the field prior to a game against the Green Bay Packers at Levi's Stadium on September 26, 2021 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw launched a profanity-laced tirade at reporter Grant Cohn on Tuesday night after an interaction at practice earlier in the day.

Cohn, who writes for Sports Illustrated's All 49ers blog, detailed a confrontation during the OTA session where the Niners player allegedly knocked the hat off his head:

Later in the day, Kinlaw jumped on a video call with Cohn, where he questioned his reporting style and went off on an expletive-filled response that included telling Cohn to "stop f--king playing with me" (warning: strong language):

The reporter posted a message on Twitter after the exchange, saying he felt threatened:

Grant Cohn @grantcohn

Javon Kinlaw to me just now: "Stop playing with me. I don't fucking play like that. You don't fucking know me. I'm not the one. My whole family knows what you look like."<br><br>That sounds like a threat.

Neither Kinlaw nor the 49ers have since commented on the matter, but George Kittle and Deebo Samuel, among others, posted messages on social media:

OurSF49ers @OurSf49ers_

<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/49ers?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#49ers</a> TE George Kittle speaks out regarding the Javon Kinlaw situation 👀 <a href="https://t.co/AN4nSZNxVf">pic.twitter.com/AN4nSZNxVf</a>


"It's crazy to me that someone who is allowed into our building has the mindset/goal to antagonize and iratate players with their endgame of being this. I thought players and reporters were supposed to work together.
"Being in this building, let alone this league, is an opportunity, it's not a right. People get really comfortable typing behind a screen!
"everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but continuing to go after a player habitually seems like someone who's goal isn't to report or write a story."
ᵏʸˡᵉ @49ersKyle

Deebo speaks <a href="https://t.co/zKXRGOLqzv">pic.twitter.com/zKXRGOLqzv</a>

Arik Armstead @arikarmstead

This is the type of low life we let into our building. He would rather antagonize and provoke players into hitting him so he can retire instead of doing his “job“ of journalism. <a href="https://t.co/jL5ZGTq8yZ">pic.twitter.com/jL5ZGTq8yZ</a>

Kinlaw, 24, was a standout defender at the University of South Carolina before being selected by the Niners in the first round of the 2020 NFL draft.

He enjoyed a solid rookie season, tallying 33 total tackles, four passes defended and 1.5 sacks, but saw his role reduced early last year before landing on injured reserve in October with a knee injury.

Kinlaw is facing an important offseason and training camp as he attempts to regain a starting role along the San Francisco defensive line.