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Javon Kinlaw goes off on 49ers reporter Grant Cohn after interrupting live video

Joshua Rogers May 25, 2022
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Javon Kinlaw interrupted 49ers reporter Grant Cohn’s live video last night and went on an expletive-laden rant calling him out for the way he has criticised him in the past.

San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw failed to get going in the 2021-2022 NFL season. The 24-year-old was placed on the injured reserve list in October 2021 after appearing in four games before being shut down for the rest of the season after undergoing ACL surgery.

Kinlaw was the top pick by the 49ers in the 2020 draft but critics continue to ask questions about his ability and health.

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49ers’ Javon Kinlaw joins Grant Cohn live and goes off on him

Grant Cohn is a 49ers writer and reporter for Sports Illustrated as well as All49ers, which is part of FanNation on SI. He also has a sizeable YouTube channel with more than 47k subscribers and often uploads videos discussing all things Niners related.

On Tuesday (24 May), the 49ers took part in an OTA practice and Cohn discussed Week 1 of their training on his YouTube channel.

However, 35 minutes into the 40-minute live video Cohn got a surprise when Javon Kinlaw joined the video. Kinlaw proceeded to go on an expletive-laden rant calling out Cohn for his past criticisms of him.

Cohn has previously questioned Javon’s health and said the Niners shouldn’t have drafted him. He has also called him “unprofessional” and “immature”.

After crashing his YouTube video, Kinlaw asked Cohn to put “respect on his name” and asked him what satisfaction he got out of analysing him. He also asked Cohn to stop “speaking to him like an animal”.

Cohn asked Javon whether he thought he was representing the 49ers well and that’s when things started to escalate until Cohn ended the conversation after about five minutes. “That’s the show, what do you think?” the reporter asked viewers before concluding the video.

You can listen to the video in its entirety here.

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It appears they had a previous interaction

The issue between the pair seemed to stem from an interaction at the 49ers practice recently. Kinlaw gave his version of events when he gatecrashed Cohn’s live video while Cohn explained his side of the story on Twitter.

Cohn said Kinlaw recently walked all the way across the field at 49ers practice and stood right behind him. Cohn alleges they had words before Javon knocked a hat off his head and rapped an offensive song about him.

Kinlaw disagreed with Cohn’s version of events and offered his explanation during Cohn’s YouTube live.

After the interaction, Cohn tweeted:

Kinlaw has yet to address the incident.

Kinlaw’s recent message to haters

The defensive tackle certainly isn’t one to shy away from his naysayers. Just this week Kinlaw posted a video of himself working out accompanied by quotes from doubters: “arthritis”, “degenerative knees” and “his knees won’t hold up”.

The next post saw him say: “I’m bulletproof like 50 Cent!”

The 49ers know that in the absence of DJ Jones, who signed with the Denver Broncos, Kinlaw’s health is of the utmost importance to them this season. Without Jones, the Niners are reliant on Kinlaw to be part of their defensive line rotation throughout 2022 and beyond.

Perhaps all this is the motivation he needs to succeed?

Do you think Kinlaw will be effective for the 49ers if he comes back healthy? Let us know in the comments below!

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.