Grant Cohn deleted post Anthony Davis

Grant Cohn removes 3 blog posts, all tweets about Anthony Davis

Grant Cohn hasn’t been stopped, but he has been contained. For reasons unknown, Cohn deleted three blog posts and a string of tweets he wrote on Sunday about San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Anthony Davis.

I saved a few of those tweets he wrote here, including this one:

There were several others, maybe 10 in all, and now they’re gone.

Also removed: two posts Cohn wrote on Sunday that I didn’t save (mostly because they were painful to read). The first post was titled, “The First Annual Anthony Davis, And To A Lesser Extent Colin Kaepernick, Writing Competition,” in which Cohn asked the commenters to rewrite this line: “Anthony Davis threw his hands up in the air and squealed like a child.”

After a couple hours or so, Cohn followed up with a post titled, “Winner announced in the First Annual Anthony Davis, And To A Lesser Extent Colin Kaepernick, Writing Competition.” I don’t remember what the winning entry was, but the actual contest was irrelevant. What was noteworthy was the unique tact Cohn used — unapologetically needling Davis and Kaepernick in such a pretentious and antagonistic manner. It was as if Cohn heard enough people say, “The pen is mightier than the sword” that he felt entitled to publicly escalate his feud with Davis and Kaepernick. It was an odd move on Cohn’s part, using the Press Democrat platform to further his Mean Girls-style feud with two professional athletes.

The reaction to the two posts could’ve played into why they were ultimately taken down. Some of the commenters scolded Cohn, even more insulted his writing skills, attitude and father. There were quite a few “#StopCohn” references. Very few comments came from people actually trying to “win” the contest.

Did the Press Democrat tell Grant to trash the evidence, or did Cohn himself decide to take whatever steps he could to put this episode behind him? Perhaps this was done to protect Cohn’s access to 49ers practices and games. Only Cohn knows, and it’s doubtful he’ll explain his reasoning for deleting everything.

This has to have been a stressful time for him, especially since Davis and many others were posting embarrassing photos from Cohn’s Facebook account. Cohn has since made his Facebook profile private.

It’s impossible to know if Cohn learned anything from this mess (other than the value of Facebook privacy settings), but deleting everything is a step in the right direction. Contrary to what he may have thought, the reason why this blew up wasn’t because of the way he phrased one or two sentences in a blog post about Randy Moss. It was his unapologetic stance and the complete lack of self-awareness he displayed, both in how he approached Davis on Friday (which led to a post that was also taken down, but the link includes what he wrote) and while writing those posts and tweets on Sunday. Everyone makes mistakes. Cohn didn’t exactly own up to his in this case, but at least he doesn’t seem quite as proud of them anymore.

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28 comments
de la o
de la o

is it illegal to take out a bounty on a writer in the locker room, you know for one of those 90 players you know are just training camp fodder

Gooselosgatos
Gooselosgatos

I think some of Grant's work is pretty trashy but, it bothers me when media members are forced to make retractions because of public pressure. Also, it gets athletes like Davis thinking they can bully media members into covering them differently.

Neil
Neil

eez and I thought the elder Cohn was a louse...

devnull
devnull

If the younger Cohn learned that misbehaving in public like an insolent teenager is as likely to garner scorn, abuse, and negative attention (possibly from his employer) as it is "page views", then some good may have come from it. If the experience shortened his leash with the publishers, and by extension his father's as well, that's just a bonus. Seems like both of them could stand a little reigning in. And if neither of them is ever seen/heard at a Bay Area sports post-game conference or on Chronicle Live or the like from now on, so much the better.

Jack Hammer
Jack Hammer

I think the BASG is just pissed that he didn't get the 49ers gig at the PD and will now just rip on Grant and Lowell as some way to make himself feel better. Does this fool realize that these posts of his show what a little twerp he really is?

Larry David
Larry David

I much prefer your articles/analysis than Grant's.. it's a shame you aren't allowed the same access to the 49ers as Grant gets with his PD credential. It seems as though he sees it as his (born) rite as opposed to a great privilege to have the access that he does.

Stan
Stan

It takes two to tango...and if AD had said nothing,nobody would have thought he was such a sensitive soul. Or,so full of himself you have to ask permission on how to describe all he does in a way that pleases AD. The deletes were no doubt second thoughts about sinking to the level of a squealing child!

DM
DM

Someone must have given this kid a clue that fans don't turn to sports blogs in search of gossip and sophomoric trash talk. Not sure if it was his old man who tipped him off, cause you'd think he would have already done so prior to this episode. Good luck earning the kind of respect in that locker room that would enable him to actually fill the blog with the kind of material readers are looking for, you know, information pertaining to what they have or will do on the field .

Señor Ding Dong
Señor Ding Dong

I think you're right about those press passes.....I don't think Baby Cohn wanted to risk that. Plus, it's got to be pretty awkward for him to walk around in the locker room now, I must imagine. Awkward.

Stan
Stan

Are you kidding me? Grant DREAMS a player gets that stupid. Its goodby Prius and Hello Rolls Royce silver cloud with that big ass cow catcher front grill.

devnull
devnull

I don't think we know if Grant was "forced" to take down anything. For all we know he wised-up, grew up a little, saw the writing on the proverbial wall, "read the room" etc. and did it himself. Even if he was forced, it would presumably have been by the Powers That Be at the Press Democrat, with whom he's associated if only because of his dad. That being the case, the PD does have some level of editorial control over their name, their content, etc. and if they decided (hypthetically) that younger Cohn's writing wasn't helpful to their position, reputation, circulation, etc. then they're well within their rights to do something about it. Cohn jr. has the ultimate recourse: hang out his shingle somewhere else and say/write whatever he wants.

Dylan
Dylan

if Stan is Lowell, then you must be Bob Padecky?

Dom
Dom

What are you talking about? You do realize that Anthony Davis is a FOOTBALL player and Grant Cohn is a (quote) journalist right? You do see the difference correct? While Davis get's judged on what he does on the football field, Grant Cohn is judged on what he writes. Any rational person should realize that most professional athletes at the age of 22 are immature, and this is nothing new! Getting into pissing contests with young & immature football players isn't a winning battle for beat reporters covering that sports team. I believe this is what we call common sense here.

Dylan
Dylan

Do we hold AD to journalistic standards? AD uses his twitter feed a bit much for my taste, but I really don't think he should be held to the same standard that we hold the Press Democrat too. Do you have ANY criticism for Grant Cohn? Or, in your opinion, is it not his fault. Frankly, in this economy, I'm sure there are people more qualified & deserving than Grant who could writing this blog for the PD.

InquisitaB
InquisitaB

Stan, do you really think that Grant Cohn is deserving of a paying job as a sportswriter? I understand that his job isn't to kiss up to those he covers but at the same time his writing is pretty much at the level of a high school student. If you're one of the family then I hate to offend your kin but seriously, they're not the best of writers. They'd be more suited to the New York Post which is borderline tabloid gossip.

Dom
Dom

His "football" articles are a complete joke, it's obvious to any educated 49er/football fan that he has an extremely limited knowledge of the game. I said this before, but I started ignoring his blog last off-season after reading an article on how 49ers should trade Frank Gore (because 28 year old RB's coming off of a season ending injuries have a ton of trade value lol). Anyways with nonsense like that and his recent trash, is anyone really reading his blog for football insight? Those who want real football/49er news read Barrows, Maiocco, Lynch, Branch, and Inman. Those looking for teenage gossip, Grant's your guy!

Stan
Stan

Deserving? compared to those who are also paid...he's no worse then most. This is the area that employs Lynch and Slusser-puppets that write only what pleases the A's and the 49ers. KNBR-a slewfull of whores. Fitz and Brooks are actually paid by the Warriors and are so proud of it...they NEVER mention it. And-I find it fascinating that since he took over that blog has exploded with posts..hundreds per topic. Add that at least 2-3 times as many wo read it dont post..thats one popular writer. Grant reminds me of that old joke..where the guy goes into a restaurant and orders many dishes..then just cleans the plates to the last crumb. The waiter asks what he thought of the meal..the man answers "Terrible!,too cold,too salty,too spicy...and THE PORTIONS ARE TOO SMALL"..! That's Grant-they complain and yet can't get enough of him.

Dom
Dom

*(because 28 year old RB’s coming off of season ending injuries have a ton of trade value lol)*

Tiburon Dave
Tiburon Dave

Oh Ralph... Grant just isn't that important. If the 49ers want him gone they can just revoke his credential. No muss to fuss. Coach Harbaugh doesn't like to deal with the press period. No amount of ring kissing is going to change that. The fact is that this kid is working the new media platform better than most. He's not a journalist in the classic sense but it's a dead profession and his stuff is the future. Two 22 year old kids got into a keyboard tussle. In the modern world it happens every day. They'll both forget about in in a week because that's the world they live in. Don't give it more attention than it deserves.

Dylan
Dylan

OK we'll call it soft nepotism. I'd be happy if Grant learned something from this debacle. I'd be REALLY happy if Grant took some writing classes, or maybe a journalism class at the J.C. I'm not even trying to knock him here. I think the kid could improve his writing skills. So could Kevin Lynch, for that matter.

Dylan
Dylan

Stan... that's a good point. Nobody needs to hate Grant at all. There's absolutely no reason for sports fans to get THAT angry at sports writers. And I completely concede that Grant's writing does spur debate, if not intelligent discussion. I'm not sure that the subject of the debate is something that Grant consciously intended though.

Stan
Stan

..."in that mold"

Stan
Stan

It's not nepotism if those who hired him are not related. Did it help to be Lowell's son..yes. But its not like Lacob making his 22 years old son a kind of GM. THAT is PURE nepotism. Grant might be in the D.Kuiper-G.Kuiper ,old...but like those two with the local franchises, the PD wants that style.

Stan
Stan

Hey I told Grant that the one post and tweet of how long AD's career was going to be, wasn't a good idea..it was incendiary... So enough of thinking I'm a follower right or wrong. That ain't me babe.

formerKNBRemployee
formerKNBRemployee

Website hits have NOTHING to do with quality and informative writing: I could write the word "crap" 700 times in a blog entry- but as long as I give it a title like "Read this blog and win 100 million dollars"- of course people are going to click on it. Grant Cohn is a page-hit whore who does NOTHING but damage the already fragile relationship between the BA media and the SF 49ers in the Harbaugh era- If you want a Belichick/Patriots type of press conference that gives you NOTHING than let the Cohn's continue to throw gas on the fire with Non-sensical questions designed to irritate coaches and blog posts that insight hate amoungst players- All while being written at an 8th grade level- because that's what's going to happen if we continue to let the Cohns parade around as "journalists". it's Nepotism at it's finest. Period. The fact that THIS GUY has the access that he has- and uses it to write stuff that I wouldn't use as toilet paper is an insult to all members of the media. I'm not saying that writers need to write only good things about players and tow the company line... but they also SHOULDN'T attack players on twitter and a blog either. Cohn hides behind a blog- because he is probably unathletic and got picked last in school. He is a trash-talking keyboard cowboy that 99% of pro athletes wouldn't spit on.

DM
DM

Stan, you're either a Cohn yourself or you simply appreciate a good troll because that's what you do right here on a regular basis. Grant Cohn steered way of the path of sports writing (or blogging) and into a silly game of antogonizing the guys he is paid to cover. Could you ever imagine Maiocco, Barros or Cam Inman putting out an over-under on a player's career? What a clown this kid is.

Stan
Stan

I should add..that's for those who complain. Hate?..what's he done that causes that?..

Dylan
Dylan

LOL. So that's the mark of success? Being hated and controversial? Sounds like you're doing some serious rationalizing. Sure, in a way, you can say that he's doing his job because he gets page views and comments. But its pretty cynical of him if that's his only goal, right? I mean, doesn't he want to become a better journalist? Doesn't he want to be respected by his peers some day?