On Friday, TMZ reported that 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and recently-former 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith had an altercation at practice. At least one other website reported that the “vandalism” for which Smith was arrested involved Kaepernick’s Mercedes.
After practice on Friday, Kaepernick and other 49ers players disputed any such talk.
“I don’t drive a Mercedes, let’s put it that way,” Kaepernick said, via Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group.
Kaepernick also said that there was no fight at practice with Smith, and teammate Anquan Boldin agreed.
“There was no fight out here,” Boldin said. “I don’t know where that comes from.”
Told it comes from TMZ, Boldin said, “You all listen to TMZ? Boy.”
Whether an altercation did or didn’t happen, Smith is gone for reasons unrelated to his relationship with Kaepernick or any other player. Smith has serious personal issues that he apparently has been unable to solve, even with the assistance of a billion-dollar employer with significant incentive to do whatever it takes to keep him on the field.