He didn’t deny any past tension, either, he just told USA Today, “It’s not always easy being an alpha” male like the two of them. He knows it. He even said something about protecting The Rock “more than he’ll ever know,” which might suggest that Diesel stepped in after the Instagram rant was posted and suggested everybody on Team Fast just take it in stride.Here’s more from Vin Diesel to USA Today, on Dwayne Johnson:”I don’t think the world really realizes how close we are, in a weird way. I protected Dwayne more than he’ll ever know. He doesn’t have to know. Posted April 7, 2017 by Gina CarboneVin Diesel has finally shared his side of the story when it comes to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and his comment about the male “candy asses” on the set of “The Fate of the Furious.”The Rock’s Instagram rant last August was reportedly about co-star (and producer) Vin Diesel, and Diesel didn’t deny it. But he insisted they are close, things were blown out of proportion, and he’s “always, always, always” rooting for Dwayne Johnson. Like us on Facebook. Dwayne Johnson only has one big brother in this film world and that’s me.”Diesel said he’s very proud of seeing The Rock be successful as “another multicultural star,” and he’s “always rooting Dwayne on.” He has his back and wouldn’t return any fire about him. Here’s more.So he’s trying to take the high road. Dwayne has only got one Vin in his life. But he appreciates it. I think some things may be blown out of proportion. In my house, he’s Uncle Dwayne.”Diesel also told USA Today that part of his job as producer is to take some heat on set when there are creative disagreements:”I protect the franchise. I don’t think that was his intention. And it doesn’t matter. Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that the two guys were being kept from each other on the press tour, perhaps to avoid more questions about the rumored feud.Want more stuff like this? I protect everybody including Dwayne. I know he appreciates how much I work this franchise. As you may recall, The Rock stood by his “candy asses” comments, basically saying it was good publicity for the movie, which opens April 14th.