49ers’ Javon Kinlaw Reveals if Heated Feud With Reporter is Squashed

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Getty Javon Kinlaw during an August 29, 2021 preseason game versus the Las Vegas Raiders.

Has the beef between San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw and sportswriter Grant Cohn officially been squashed?

To recap, there was a confrontation involving Cohn’s hat getting knocked over that he revealed on his You Tube channel, followed by a profanity laced live video between the former 2020 first rounder and the 49ers beat reporter for Sports Illustrated known for his polarizing and controversial takes on the 49ers — all mentioned in this Wednesday, May 25 story by Heavy on 49ers reporter TJ Macias.

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Both men went on to share on Wednesday evening where things stood and if things were hashed out.

Kinlaw Shares Most Telling Detail About Meeting

Long story short: There was a meeting, handshakes were involved and one person believes that the feud is officially squashed…

But that one person isn’t the 49ers interior defender.

“I’m sure a lot of you guys are wondering what’s going on between me and Javon Kinlaw after all of that stuff yesterday,” Cohn said on his YouTube channel, “I just want to say that Javon and I met up today at the 49ers’ facility. We hashed it out. He said everything he wanted to say. I listened. We shook hands, we squashed it. It’s over.”

Cohn continued, sharing:

“What I want to say is, I appreciate Javon Kinlaw for meeting me today and taking the time to tell me exactly how he felt. I respect him and I deeply appreciate John Lynch for facilitating it. It was all in his office. It was his idea. It was a very grown up thing that he did and I’m better for it. I hope we all feel that way. Anyway, it’s squashed, it’s over, it has a happy ending. Let’s move on.”

But Kinlaw had a different take — fueling the speculation that things are far from over between he, Cohn and the 49ers.

“I shook your hand for my organization. Nowhere was anything squashed, and you know that. Stop cappin’ dog. I ain’t letting nun [sic] go. I do this for the REAL ONES. It’s bigger than me,” Kinlaw said on his personal Instagram page.

More 49ers Defend Kinlaw, Plus Analysts Reveal Their Take on Cohn

As mentioned in the Wednesday story on Heavy by Macias, Kinlaw received some 49er backers after his vulgar video with Cohn: George Kittle, Deebo Samuel and Arik Armstead.

But more followed. Including Ex-49ers.

Safety Jaquiski Tarrt defended his 49ers teammate on Twitter with this post:

Offensive line starter Daniel Brunskill was another who took Kinlaw’s side, encouraging 49er fans to “boycott this bum” and claimed Cohn has zero knowledge of football.

Meanwhile, former 49ers first rounder Solomon Thomas gave this strong reaction to Cohn and his reporting — with Thomas saying “We shouldn’t have to answer to media of this level. The 49ers/NFL should protect us better.”

One more Ex-49er Raheem Mostert called Cohn’s behavior “unacceptable” twice:

Current and former 49ers weren’t the only ones who blasted Cohn, who’s style of reporting has caused quite the stir in his years covering the 49ers. Some fans believe Cohn gives honest takes on the 49ers. However, others have viewed his approach as classless with the intent to glorify himself online. Even NFL reporters have taken the side of Kinlaw.

One is NFL insider Jordan Schultz, who called Cohn “unprofessional” for antagonizing players.

Denver radio personality Benjamin Allbright of KOA Colorado also responded to a tweet with Cohn’s name, calling him “a joke to the entire industry.”

National radio personality Mike Golic of Draft Kings was another who chimed in.

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