Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis is not a fan of Grant Cohn

I don’t follow a lot of athletes on Twitter, but I’ve followed San Francisco 49ers right tackle Anthony Davis for several months because his feed is different — brutally honest, occasionally profane, always entertaining. Most athletes on Twitter keep their opinions on the politically correct side of things, and almost every athlete avoids saying anything negative about anyone in the media.

Davis is not like most athletes.

Today Grant Cohn of the Press Democrat wrote a piece based on his observations from Thursday’s 49ers practice, a post that included some anecdotes which apparently drew the ire of Davis. Before we look into Davis’ tweets, let’s dive into some of the passages from Cohn’s story that may have bothered the offensive lineman whose Twitter bio reads: “i kick ass for a living.”

(Josh) Johnson hovered next to the other new face on the team – Randy Moss – trailing the great wide receiver around the field like a spaniel, asking questions and cracking jokes, trying to make a good first impression.

Crabtree and Ginn, the coolest guys on the team last year, the two dudes who most of the other players looked to for social validation, shuffled over to Moss like star-struck kids.

Ginn even dressed like Moss – red shorts and black tights. Ginn was blatantly copying Moss’ style. Last year, Ginn had his own style. He always practiced in white tights which he pulled over the heels of the cleats. Lots of Niners coppied him – Crabtree, Kyle Williams and Frank Gore, to name a few. Today, Ginn was the copycat.

He was also a shagger, but not a wide receiver. Ginn didn’t participate in any of the wide receiver drills – he shagged balls like an intern. Either he’s hurt or he has no role on offense this year, or there’s something I don’t understand.

Kaepernick consistently overthrew his target, which was impressive in this drill, but it foreshadowed the rest of his afternoon in which he consistently overthrew receivers on most plays. Deep passes, crossing routes, out patterns – Kaepernick overthrew them. He has a rocket arm, but he still has trouble with accuracy and touch.

If Davis read the entirety of Cohn’s report, here’s where he may have reached his boiling point:

As Moss leapt in the end zone and caught the pass, the Niners went wild. Anthony Davis threw his hands up in the air and squealed like a child.

Here’s Davis’ first Cohn-related Tweet, which is still up. (Wait, a few minutes later he took this one down as well, which means each of the following tweets have been deleted):

Ouch.

Davis didn’t specifically explain what issue(s) he had with Cohn. Does he have a problem with a writer extrapolating so much about how the 49ers interact with each other, and/or the remarks about “social validation”? Comparing Johnson to a dog, Ginn to an intern and Davis to a child probably didn’t help matters, either.

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Scott
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I’m waiting for Grant to critique the quality of Davis’ prose.

BA Rich
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BA Rich

My bad, Scott. I meant to hit the thumbs up but hit the thumbs down. I remember Baby Cohn’s ‘prose’ comment.

DM
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DM

I am curious as to what journalistic value Cohn’s observations about player interactions and clothing provided. Has the Press-Democrat turned into a gossip rag?

Stan
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Stan

Hey,he called it as he see’s it…sometimes that birds of a feather thing among athletes stands out. If your a Moss groupie…that’s not a good thing.
It’s better then asking AD if he likes Jay Zee or Usher or how hot is Rhianna?…like you know who would..

JayT
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JayT

I’d have to agree with Davis. Even Us Weekly would give that shit back to him and say, “really?” There was a tremendous amount of speculation by Cohn there – he doesn’t know what the specifics are in terms of who is copying who or why, for example. He’s just guessing and stating it as factual.

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Gooselosgatos

Actually, if he isn’t fabricating I find his reporting/analysis refreshing.

I learned more about the Niners team dynamic in that 200 word piece than just about anything else I’ve read in the last 6 months.

Most reporters give the same banal analysis. What he said was unique and insightful.

Scott
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It would be unique and insightful if it wasn’t based on inadequate evidence. You can’t glean social dynamics from observing a short practice from afar. Maybe a sociologist could, but not Grant.

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devnull

I’ll give Grant this much: this time his grammar is better than the last sample of his writing we saw here. But it’s an admittedly low bar to overcome.

Still, it’s not particularly enlightening or interesting, is it.

Meg Marlin
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Meg Marlin

There may have been grammar improvements (can’t say because I don’t read him), but Cohn should consider running a quick spell-check before publishing. (“coppied.”)

InquisitaB
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Stan says: Hey,he called it as he see’s it There’s absolutely nothing of substance in that fluff piece by Cohn. All of the “reporting” is based on Cohn’s own personal slant on Moss’s greatness in the past and how it might affect the players. My guess is he knew the angle he was going to take with this story within his first couple minutes at the practice. The only actual facts in the story are the descriptions of what people were wearing, a few players talking to each other, people shagging balls, Kaepernick overthrowing people, and perhaps that Anthony Davis… Read more »
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Dom

I stopped reading Grant’s blog last off-season after he suggested the Niners would trade Frank Gore. I’m sure he’s a nice guy, but I question how much he really knows about football. This latest entry is just another example. I’m not sure what’s appealing about an outsider discussing 49er fashion trends and speculating on in locker room relationships. It comes off like high school reporting, which I guess is fine if that’s what your looking for in a sports blog.

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Trackstar42

Does anyone like or read either of the Cohns? They both are so out of touch and never have anything relevant to report. Mostly just rip people with untrue “facts”.

Dom
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Dom

Quick answer – No

John Sports
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Very insightful on what they were wearing…REALLY!!! I wish Cohn could ask Moss that TOUGH question we all want answered. Randy whats your favorite color?

Dangelo
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Dangelo

You all do realize that GCohn is a blogger and not a reporter, right? He does not cover the 49ers for the Press Democrat, that’s Phil Barber’s job. Grant is a blogger and does answer to the editorial department of the newspaper. He is not held to the same standard as real reporters like Maiocco, Branch, Lynch, or Barrows. He can say stuff like that and get away with it. He is no different than BASG or any of hundreds (thousands?) of bloggers on the internet.

John Sports
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There is a huge difference between Cohn and BASG along with a few (and i mean few) other Blogs…TALENT!!!

InquisitaB
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InquisitaB

I realize he’s a blogger. However his blogging in this piece is more reminiscent of Perez Hilton than BASG.

JB49erfan
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JB49erfan

I’ve always wondered if Grant grew up a Raiders fan. He often displays a snarkiness & defensiveness toward 49ers & their fans, AND he obviously HATES Alex. I think he’s a pretty good writer, but when I read some of his columns, I think of the visceral antipathy exhibited by some Raiders fans toward the 49ers. Or maybe he just has daddy issues.

Stan
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Stan

The only local who openly rooted for Alex Smith is Eric Byrnes…and its obvious Byrnes favors overpaid athletes who aren’t doing much to compensate for Eric’s thievery and low moral character over the Arizona robbery he pulled.
If Alex continues to do well..then Eric will bash him…

JB49erfan
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JB49erfan

I know that many local sports bloggers, columnists and radio guys are’t huge Alex Smith fans, and that’s O.K. G. Cohn’s animosity & defensiveness seems to come from someplace deeper than most. For example, he gives the AJ Jenkins pick an F grade, then rants on Baalke for his huge ego. I’m not saying all bloggers should be homers, but a LITTLE objectivity would be nice. I’ve just never seen a newspaper employee, whether blogger or columnist, display so much emotion.

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RoneFace

Grant’s animosity comes from the fact that Harbaugh thinks his father is an idiot (and Harbaugh’s not wrong). The fact that Harbaugh has never sat down with Lowell, doesn’t treat him with any deference, and doesn’t take him seriously colors all of the coverage from the 2 Cohns. If you think back to the inane “pinky” questions Lowell asked last year it’s not hard to figure out why Harbaugh is much more likely to sit down with someone like Kawakami than Lowell.

Stan
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Stan

Also to remind….even as a rookie writer it wasn’t Cohn to say “He now see’s the brilliance of Singletary”. Nope. That would be Kevin Lynch’s words.

Harpo
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Harpo

Grant sucks, end of story. Lowell, who is great, should be ashamed of his idiot kid.

Randy
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Randy

He’s just like his old man. Terrible.

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CC
Grant Cohn is the definition of a weenie. Seriously, the guy is a complete idiot. He makes the most ridiculous statements of any of the writers that cover the Niners. The ones I remember seeing most recently were that Mario Manningham signed a 2 year contract with the Niners because he was confident P. Manning would sign with the team and believed he only had 2 good years left. What?? Seriously? Before the draft he also advocated for the Niners to pull a Mike Ditka and trade away all their draft picks to move up to the middle of the… Read more »
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SantaCruzSpike

Forget Cohn…I love big Anthony Davis. He’s everything you want in an OT. There’s a protective instinct about this guy and a nastiness we haven’t seen in a quality lineman in while. Derrick Deese maybe?

The way he handled the Harbaugh/ Schwartz incident was classic. He had a smile on his face while he was keeping Schwartz at bay, like he was saying…”you kiddin me coach, Harby will kill ya”.

I like him even more after these quotes. He is proving himself to be a serious pro and a hell of a teammate.

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[…] tweets from Davis have since been deleted but the Bay Area Sports Guy was kind enough to capture the screenshots before Davis got rid of them. It didn&#8217 ;t stop there […]

Stan
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Stan

On your “latest BASG tweets”..I don’t know any Jen or her blog. But she’s a comely lovely looking woman. Did I mention have George Clooney eyes,chin dimple too?..eh,just not on his body….

Stan
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Stan

Hmm..still having software bugs huh BASG?..My Jen post answer comes and goes.

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[&#8230 ;] going back and enjoying Bay Area Sports Guy&#8217 ;s 4-part tour de force of Davis v. Cohn 2012 (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4). It&#8217 ;s Pulitzer material, and great [&#8230 ;]

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