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The NFL has denied a claim by former 49ers linebacker Kiko Alonso that he had an altercation with his former team-mates at the beginning of the season.
Alonso had been fined $2.5m for an alleged assault during the 49ers-Colts game in Indianapolis.
The 49ers’ players and coaches, who all made the trip to Indianapolis to see the Colts, also said Alonso’s claims were false.
They also denied a story Alonso told the Associated Press last week about being hit in the head by a 49ers player during a game in the spring.
But on Thursday, the NFL and its players union denied the claim, saying Alonso made up his story.
“This story is not true and it is not credible,” the NFL said in a statement.
“It has been debunked by a thorough investigation and corroborated by multiple sources.”
The NFL’s statement included a photo of Alonso, who was not involved in the incident, on the sidelines, holding a sign reading: “I’ve been kicked in the brain.”
Alonso, who turns 29 in October, said in the AP story that he was in a meeting with his teammates when a player told him to take his helmet off because he was a “bad-ass”.
“I said, ‘Why are you kicking me in the mouth?
I don’t know you’,” Alonso said.
“I don’t remember if I was hit or not.
I was not looking at him at the time.””
But it happened so fast, so fast that I just thought it was just another kick.
I went to run away, I jumped over the guy.
He came over to me and grabbed me by the neck and threw me off the sidelines,” Alonso said in an interview with Fox Sports.”
He said, you better go play football because he’s going to kick you.
And then I was in the back of the tunnel and they just said, OK, you’re going to have to come back later.”
The 49er players and coach team said the allegation is false.