SANTA CLARA -– Coach Jim Tomsula said Saturday a report that Colin Kaepernick and Aldon Smith fought on the practice was erroneous and an altercation between the men never took place.
TMZ reported Friday that Smith and Kaepernick got in a fight on the practice field on Thursday and suggested that Smith might have still be angered when he allegedly struck a parked car. Santa Clara Police arrested Smith for DUI, hit and run, and vandalism. The 49ers released Smith on Friday morning.
After learning the 49ers did not practice on Thursday, TMZ changed its report to reflect that the alleged incident took place on the practice field on Tuesday. Reporters are allowed to watch training camp practices and no such incident was witnessed by anyone who covers the 49ers.
Tomsula said the 49ers players were laughing about the TMZ report on Friday. Tomsula said the fight never happened and there was no tension he knew about involving Kaepernick and Smith.
“Never,” Tomsula said. “We’ve all been there. We got guys in here every day. Nothing even close. I don’t know where that could even come from.”
And Tomsula said he would be the first person to know about any incident during a practice.
“I’ve had a couple skirmishes in there,” Tomsula said. “You see me. I’m playing traffic cop. I’ve lived in those trenches. I’m the traffic cop in there. I start hearing the heat and I’m going in with a water hose. I’m redirecting conversations to stop the guy from punching a guy that’s got a helmet on.”
TMZ, citing “multiple Niner locker room sources,” reported that “players had to pull them apart.” An earlier report on another internet celebrity gossip site alleged Smith’s former girlfriend is now dating Kaepernick, and Smith crashed his car into Kaepernick’s new Mercedes.
When asked about the report, Kaepernick told Cam Inman of the Bay Area Newsgroup, “I don’t drive a Mercedes, let’s put it that way.”
Santa Clara Police Lt. Kurt Clarke told reporters on Friday he did not know if any other 49ers players were present at Smith’s apartment complex when the incident occurred.
One thing that appears certain is that Kaepernick and Smith did not fight on the practice field.
“There was no fight out here,” wide receiver Anquan Boldin said. “I don’t know where they’re comes from.”
When told the report came from TMZ, Boldin replied, laughing, “Y’all listen to TMZ?”
Safety Antoine Bethea also said he knew nothing about any fighting between Kaepernick and Smith.
“I don’t know anything about that,” Bethea said. “I haven’t heard that.”
Under the circumstances, the timing of a message 49ers defensive lineman Darnell Dockett posted late Friday night on Twitter was interesting: “If your girl come close to me , I'm gonna tell her to be loyal to you like she pose to be..”