49ers address racist messages sent to Budda Baker after George Kittle’s injury

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Cardinals safety Budda Baker made a clean tackle on 49ers tight end George Kittle late in the first half of Sunday’s game. Injuries happen, and Kittle limped off with a knee sprain that didn’t keep him out of the second half but leaves his availability for this week in question.

The 49ers didn’t blame Baker for Kittle’s injury, but a 49ers “fan” did.

Someone sent Baker a string of threatening, racist messages that Baker posted to his Twitter account. “I’m all good with opposing fans talking trash,” Baker replied. “But this right here man… All you can do is pray for ppl like this.”

It begs the question: What’s wrong with people?

The offensive messages prompted the 49ers to release a statement on social media Tuesday in response.

“The San Francisco 49ers unequivocally denounce the racist messages sent to Budda Baker. The individual who sent the messages does not represent the 49ers or the Faithful. Per team policy, we are working to identify this person and will ban them from all 49ers games and events. Incidents like this demonstrate how much work remains to be done to address racism and hate in our society. We remain steadfast in our commitment to that work.”

35 responses to “49ers address racist messages sent to Budda Baker after George Kittle’s injury

  1. I’m a Jimmy G defender, but the reason why Kittle got banged up was because Jimmy G threw a 20 ft high meatball that kittle had to go up and get. It wasn’t baker’s fault, it wasn’t Kittles fault, it was all on Jimmy G.

  2. So I think everyone can agree those messages are horrible and messed up and shouldn’t have happened. But it’s interesting to see that we’ve reached a point where a team has to hunt down a rando on social media because that’s become their responsibility to control some probably drunk jerk keyboard warrior. The internet and social media always have trolls and bad people who say horrible things to each other thinking they’re invincible, so if we’re going to start trying to hunt down everyone who says something racist online where does it stop? Does it only matter if it’s to famous people? Do we only control racial comments or do we start policing other insults and horrific statements that people regularly make to each other which include pretty extreme things like threats of death?

  3. I liked it better when people were at least kind enough to be closet racist. I don’t know what happened in the last 4 years but the people with those beliefs have really become emboldened.

  4. Thats messed up🙄…all over a football injury.
    As this one moron does not represent all NINERS fans…lets remember that neither does he represent all of American society.
    Great player…hope he heals up fast.

  5. What this “fan” wrote is disgusting. It embarrasses me as not only a white person, but as a member of the human race. Can’t imagine how that must feel to read something so full of hate directed at you only because of the color of your skin. And people on here think the players are making a big deal of “equality”.

    As a Niner fan, I can assure you BB, he is NOT one of us.

  6. Why this? 20 years of hate radio, hate tv and social media to spread it loud and far. America is being exposed for what she really is now. She’s sick and needs a cure. What’s the cure? For starters it would help if the corporate media would stop treating politics as a team sport and do their jobs as real journalists and expose the oligarchs enabling all this hate.

  7. I don’t know what happened in the last 4 years but the people with those beliefs have really become emboldened.
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    Yeah you do, we all do. Let’s fix it.

  8. I would lean in favor of even more extreme steps.
    Out this guy and make sure he cannot attend any NFL game – anywhere, not just the 49ers.

  9. 4theWin says:
    September 15, 2020 at 8:58 pm
    I would lean in favor of even more extreme steps.
    Out this guy and make sure he cannot attend any NFL game – anywhere, not just the 49ers.
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    Sorry, no…… What he said was disgusting.. but he is entitled to his twisted thoughts…

  10. luke8512 says:
    September 15, 2020 at 8:34 pm

    I liked it better when people were at least kind enough to be closet racist. I don’t know what happened in the last 4 years but the people with those beliefs have really become emboldened.
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    Or, the last 12 even.

  11. Good for the 49er’s to stand up to this punk B. Get rid of him and everyone else who thinks that type of hatred is acceptable

  12. kamthechancellor says:
    September 15, 2020 at 8:58 pm
    Stay classy San Francisco

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    Seriously? That’s all you could come up with? How original.

    Remember the sage advice that don’t have anything intelligent to say just shut up?

    Clown…

  13. We’d solve so many problems by requiring people to tie their true identities to mainstream social media accounts. I’d be willing to bet that whoever posted that was trolling (poorly so, but attempting to). People are emboldened to be morons when they can hide behind their keyboard.

  14. I don’t think it solely has to do with hunting him down for the racists comment and more to do with the death threat. Now if u think that type of conduct is acceptable then you are more and likely the person who wrote it or a relative of that person. Privileged people don’t notice the obvious problems in our society. Their to busy sipping their bourbon and wine at a fund raiser of some sort pretending to be an important person to this world. While they won’t allow their wives to work but to stay home and tend to the household. Yes Budda is famous and a top earner at his position. So I’m sure the Cardinals would do the same for one of the 9er player as would any rival of another division. Can probably bet it’s a boomer. They really don’t understand the concept of never put anything in writing on social media. They will find out who you are.

  15. It will be interesting to see who this clown is and what his story is. I can promise if he’s not caught and identified he’ll never say a thing. But if he is, he will blame it on the beer, say that those tweets don’t represent what he really is as a person, and he is so sorry, blah, blah, blah. Makes me want to puke.

    Bottom line, he should be charged with a hate crime.

  16. People like this have always existed, but a president who brazenly insults people instead of showing the slightest amount of public decorum has emboldened people like this to leash their vitriol on the world around them.

  17. I am glad that teams are policing racism. It would be concerning and show that teams and the NFL are just talking and not actually conforming to the changes that they’ve committed I

  18. Internet trolls are gonna troll. Mock the guy. Ban him. Block him. Sadly even that probably gives the guy the celebrity and attention he seeks. People like that are attention seekers. The anonymous nature of the internet makes it easier for them to thrive.

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