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September 11, 2013
Earl Thomas sticks to his story about Harbaugh Honk-gate

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Seahawks safety Earl Thomas is sticking to his guns when it comes to Honkgate.

After the second 49ers-Seahawks meeting last season, Thomas and cornerback Richard Sherman told Yahoo! Sports that Harbaugh honked, saluted and otherwise mocked the Seahawks team bus following a 49ers victory at Candlestick Park earlier in the year.

"He honked his horn at the bus and waved," Sherman said. "That happened -- a bunch of the guys told me. Yeah, he was [honking]."

At the time, Harbaugh called it a "fabrication." Asked if he would be in his car at that time, he said, "I can't think of a time when I've left the game and the other team's still been there this entire season."

Thomas, however, didn't back down when asked about the alleged incident Wednesday. "It's just that he has a lot of personality," he said of Harbaugh. "And that's all fun and games. It's good for the sport of football. ... He's a competitor it seems like, and our coach is the same way. I don't think our coach would do that, but I'm not trying to get into that. I'm just trying to get ready for this game."

Did it feel like you were being mocked?

"Of course we took it that way," Thomas said. "But the good thing about it is when you carry yourself like a champion on and off the field, good stuff is going to happen for you, and of course we'll use that stuff for motivation."

The Seahawks won the rematch 42-13. It was the worst loss of the Harbaugh era and it occurred on Harbaugh's 49th birthday.

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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