Jim Tomsula and Colin Kaepernick deny friction inside the San Francisco 49ers’ locker room

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Colin Kaepernick has seen lots of turbulence lately during the San Francisco 49ers’ 2-5 start; from a dip in production, to several fans calling for his benching, to 49er legend Ronnie Lott becoming critical of the signal caller and lastly, the story that the fifth-year quarterback isolates himself from others in the team facility because of a loss in confidence.

But Kaepernick denies any friction in the organization – and his head Jim Tomsula shares that sentiment. In fact, Tomsula verbally illustrated to KNBR Radio on Oct. 27 that Kaepernick and his team are sitting at an “Italian dining room table.”

Said Tomsula, who has Italian and Hungarian heritage in his bloodlines: “The biggest thing I said to them: ‘Guys, it’s like an Italian dining room table. Everybody’s sitting around the table, and sometimes it gets heated, dishes get broken, people leave. [Then] everybody’s got to come back to the table to eat. And when it’s all said and done, there’s hugging and kissing and we’re eating good food again, OK?’ And I mean that with all due respect.”

Kaepernick has seen things unraveling on his end since the 49ers’ NFC Championship game run in 2014. The 49ers have gone 10-13 with Kaepernick throwing six touchdown passes, five interceptions and fumbling the football five times this season. The most recent outing saw Kaepernick throw a paltry 124 yards and get held to zero rushing yards in the 20-3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Reports then filtered out after the Seattle game that the former Nevada star is described as a loner who has done the following: sit in the lunchroom alone with his headphones on, placing himself “on an island” in the locker room and being called out by a teammate during a team meeting that reportedly led to a heated exchange.

Kaepernick, though, disputed those claims while addressing the media on Wednesday, Oct. 28.

“Reports don’t bother me,” Kaepernick said. “My relationship with my teammates is great. That’s all I’m worried about. What the perspective is outside the locker room really has nothing to do with me or this team.”

Kaepernick also addressed the Jay Glazer Fox Sports report indicating that the 49ers and the quarterback have secluded themselves from one another.

“I have a great relationship with my teammates,” Kaepernick reiterated in discussing Glazer’s report. “To me, that’s a situation that I don’t know what the agenda is saying or what the credibility of that source is. I have a great relationship with my teammates and I’ll leave it at that.”

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Lorenzo Reyna

Lorenzo Reyna hails from the California's Central Coast, but has a bevy of experience with covering some fast-rising athletes from all over the Golden State. He's a former sports editor for The Reedley Exponent newspaper. His other credits include scout.com and nflevolution.com.


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