Vernon Davis says “I don’t recall” heated exchange with Joe Staley

In the wake of a report that 49ers tight end Vernon Davis had a heated exchange with left tackle Joe Staley at a team meeting earlier this season, Davis had a curious response on Thursday.

I don’t recall that,” Davis said, via Matt Maiocco of “I don’t know where that’s coming from. It’s funny to me, if you ask me.”

Whenever someone says “I don’t recall” in response to allegations of a confrontation, it just seems odd. Confrontations — especially heated ones with co-workers — aren’t quickly forgotten. It’s a strange choice of words for something like this, and as a denial it comes off as not credible.

Davis vividly does recalls other aspects of the team meeting that may or may not have become an Italian dinner.

“We met as a unit,” Davis said. “We just talked. We did what teams normally do, meet, especially at a critical time like this when we’re not winning. It’s always good to come together and talk about some of the things.

“I didn’t call Kap out. I don’t know where you got that from. I didn’t call Kap out at all. It’s not my job or my role to call Kap out. I’ll let the coaches do that. We’re all together. There’s nothing that can separate any of us. We’re inseparable, I would think. Me, Kap, Joe, we’re all on the same page. We’re captains. We’re leaders of the team. We have to stay together in order to make things happen. We rely on each other.”

Given that Maiocco reported that the three guys cleared the air within days after the incident, it’s not surprising that Davis would act like nothing happened. Given that the team is 2-5 and fading fast, however, any suggestion that there have been no raised voices or broken plates or pushing and shoving should make 49ers fans wonder where the team’s passion is.