“No, I’m not pressed for a conversation,” Samuel said Thursday, via Dalton Johnson of NBCSportsBayArea.com.
Donald, a three-time defensive player of the year, claimed last year not to know who Samuel was. Samuel responded with 17 catches for 199 yards and a touchdown in a sweep of the Rams in 2020.
Samuel clapped back at Donald on social media afterward.
“I don’t know the guy,” Samuel said Thursday. “Obviously, he don’t know who I am, which he should. I don’t know. I just don’t walk up to people and be like, ‘Hey, how you doing? I’m Deebo.’ I’m not that type of guy or whatever.
“He’s an opponent, so I don’t know why I would want to have a conversation with the guy. I just don’t. Not something I do.”
In the 49ers’ 31-10 victory over the Rams in Week 10 this season, Samuel had 133 total yards and a touchdown. He has never lost to the Rams, with the 49ers going 5-0, and Samuel gaining 404 yards and scoring four touchdowns on 39 touches.
“I think Deebo is different when he plays the Rams,” 49ers tight end George Kittle said. “There is a little bit of a disrespect there. I think Deebo is a hell of a football player and people should know who he is and what his name is.
“I don’t know if he tries a little extra in these games against the Rams or anything like that, but you can definitely feel his intensity. I think Deebo’s done a great job being consistent with that energy week in and week out this entire season, but I know that he’s going to bring it and do everything in his entire ability to win this game and I’m looking forward to seeing a spicy Deebo.”