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Alex Boone: 'I've Never Intentionally Tried to Hurt Anybody'

Alex Boone responded to criticism on Friday from New York Giants linebacker Jon Beason, who accused the San Francisco 49ers guard of unsportsmanlike play on Sunday night.

Beason told reporters in New York that Boone shoved him in the back, causing a head-on collision with Pierre Garçon. Beason suffered a concussion on the first-quarter play and did not return to the game.

Neither Boone nor Hyde was flagged for their actions, but the NFL fined Hyde on Friday for initiating contact with the crown of his helmet.

"I'm sorry he feels that way," Boone said of Beason's comments. "I've never thought of myself as a dirty player, and I've never intentionally tried to hurt anybody. 

"I respect this game more than anybody in the league, and I respect everybody in it." 

Beason, who called the alleged push a "coward move," said he had no desire to get in contact with Boone.

"If you're frustrated, just call me," Boone said. "I read the article, and he said he's not going to reach out to me, and that's a shame. If I had a grievance, I'd call them and tell them."

Jim Tomsula was also asked if he thought the play was dirty.

"No, I don't think so," the coach said. "I mean we were blocking, tackling and running."

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