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C.J. Spillman, Michael Thomas scuffle in 49ers camp

Darcel McBath AP

Now that every team is roughly three weeks into training camps, players across the league are getting tired of seeing the same color jerseys on the opposite side of the field everyday. They’re tired of hitting their teammates in practice and look forward to the preseason games for the opportunity to let loose on someone from a different team for a change.

It leads to increased tempers and the occasional flare up on the practice field among teammates ready. One of those flare ups took place with the San Francisco 49ers.

According to Antonio Gonzalez of the Associated Press, safeties C.J. Spillman and Michael Thomas got into a fight during practice on Tuesday. Spillman was sent to the locker room and the fight resulted in Spillman’s pant leg becoming torn.

Per Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, head coach Jim Harbaugh dove into the pile in an attempt to separate the two players.

The unique aspect of this scuffle wasn’t that it happened but that it was between two defensive players who play the same position. It’s normal to see battles between an offensive lineman and defensive lineman who are tired of hitting each other for the 14th day in a row. However, it is a bit odd to see it among guys at the same position.

Still, there probably isn’t too much to read into the fight other than players just frustrated with the dog days of camp.

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22 Responses to “C.J. Spillman, Michael Thomas scuffle in 49ers camp”
  1. jtbaudendistel says: Aug 13, 2013 11:40 PM

    “head coach Jim Harbaugh dove into the pile”
    Just absolutely fantastic. #Man’sGame

  2. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 13, 2013 11:44 PM

    Those frauds are already unraveling. Will be lucky to finish ahead of the Rams in the basement.

  3. cali49er707 says: Aug 13, 2013 11:56 PM

    The sky is falling!!

    Harbaugh has lost control of the team!!

    Lol!!

    Haha!

    The 9ERS suck!!

    There…….. I just saved you 9ER Hating Losers some time.

  4. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 13, 2013 11:58 PM

    So who pays for the new pants, and shouldn’t that money come off the salary cap as a benefit paid to the player for something that wasn’t a contracted expectation? Fighting is on your own personal time, not club time.

  5. goldrush36 says: Aug 14, 2013 12:08 AM

    Fighting for the same job literally

  6. braceyourselffor12 says: Aug 14, 2013 12:19 AM

    Man, the competition is getting heated in that secondary.

    C.J Spillman is a stud on Special Teams but fighting your own teammate is unacceptable regardless of the circumstances.

  7. baymac408 says: Aug 14, 2013 12:52 AM

    Take it out on the next team!! Lets go men!! This is when tempers flare people get hot, and players ready to HIT SOMEBODY.. Light the fire GO NINERS

  8. norcalmafia says: Aug 14, 2013 1:09 AM

    Thats usually how anyone wearing a Seahawks jersey to Candlestick looks..Walking with their head down torn jersey and beer poured all over them!

  9. amostafa88 says: Aug 14, 2013 1:12 AM

    Jim Harbaugh diving in the middle of an NFL fight…
    You either gotta love or hate this guy.
    By far my favorite NFL coach.

  10. wilsonwillbreaku says: Aug 14, 2013 1:22 AM

    It’s not a fight until you get a bottle to the dome in frisco…

  11. rainponcho87 says: Aug 14, 2013 1:29 AM

    Why don’t the 49ers scrimmage the Raiders?

  12. 64post says: Aug 14, 2013 1:47 AM

    2 safeties fighting over who gets to cover AJ Jenkins in practice.

  13. andyvictory says: Aug 14, 2013 2:02 AM

    People work much harder jobs in far worse heat and brutal atmospheres just to barely get by. They aren’t allowed to brawl on the job because “theyre sick of each others faces”. What a bunch of pampered divas. Football season is my favorite time of the year. Lets stop coddling, spoiling, and treating these gifted individuals like royalty from the 7th grade on. Everything wrong with the NFL and NCAA involves instilling god complexes in the people involved from age 12 on. “Football culture” in general, is responsible for everything. Make athletes into unselfish MEN and LEADERS first, then send them to the pro world where they can be non hypocritical role models.

  14. wringworm says: Aug 14, 2013 2:33 AM

    Forget the Madden curse, the Super Bowl loser fallout is far far worse!

  15. dstep24 says: Aug 14, 2013 3:04 AM

    Spillman should’ve just asked Ahmad Brooks for a bottle. Actually, check that…that wouldn’t have fit Brooks’s code of “only beat up those who try to save your life.”

  16. modhairken says: Aug 14, 2013 5:39 AM

    Okay, but why did Harbaugh tear Spillman’s pants?

  17. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Aug 14, 2013 7:25 AM

    Im sorry, but the picture makes it look like two little people are dancing round and round the merry go round.

  18. supremekingz says: Aug 14, 2013 9:28 AM

    There’s an update: it turns out the fight started over playing time

  19. smackingfools says: Aug 14, 2013 10:19 AM

    Bet they wouldn’t fight Steve Smith or Michael Westbrook.

  20. socalseahawker says: Aug 14, 2013 12:36 PM

    “Thats usually how anyone wearing a Seahawks jersey to Candlestick looks..Walking with their head down torn jersey and beer poured all over them!”
    Funny how Hawk fans are called classless. Pot meat Kettle.

  21. 64post says: Aug 14, 2013 1:47 PM

    rainponcho87 says:
    Aug 14, 2013 1:29 AM
    Why don’t the 49ers scrimmage the Raiders

    Because the guns come out after the game.

  22. 4ever9er says: Aug 15, 2013 12:57 AM

    @andyvictory says: Aug 14, 2013 2:02 AM

    People work much harder jobs in far worse heat and brutal atmospheres just to barely get by. They aren’t allowed to brawl on the job because “theyre sick of each others faces”.

    1. Those people aren’t running into each other at 35mph or being physical on every play with each other.

    2. Clearly you’ve never been involved with anything physically competitive like football, hockey, basketball etc., it’s not about seeing the same person, it’s about the constant grind and sometimes you get caught up and fights break out! I’m actually surprised that it doesn’t happen more frequently!

    3. Your statement about spoiling athletes makes you sound like the bitter kid who was never picked or who was picked last!!!

    4. Football is not a Gentleman’s game, it’s a game where people are in constant battle, constant adversity and work their butts off to be successful, realistically the only people I see treating athletes like gods are fans!

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