SANTA CLARA, California – The San Francisco 49ers publicly condemned the person who sent racist messages to Arizona Cardinals’ security budda Baker and announced that they have begun investigating the identification of the flag.
Baker took to Twitter Monday afternoon to share screenshots of live messages he received on Instagram from someone who harassed him with a series of racial accusations. Along with screenshots of the messages, Baker wrote “I’m all good with opponents talking trash, but this right here man. All you can do is pray for people like this.”
The Niners issued a statement Tuesday afternoon condemning the person who sent the messages, making it clear that they would no longer be welcome at the 49ers̵
“The San Francisco 49ers unequivocally condemn the racist messages sent to Budda Baker. The person who sent the messages does not represent the 49ers or the believers. According to team policy, we are working to identify this person and will ban them from all 49ers games and events.
“Events like this show how much still needs to be done to tackle racism and hatred in our society. We are firm in our commitment to that work.”
Niner CEO Jed York reiterated this message via Twitter, writing “Unfortunately, these incidents occur far too often. Allowing these individuals to go unchecked can spread racism and hatred. I urge other teams in the world of sport to consider our policy of banning against those who seek to tear down others with racial accusations and threats of violence. “
The man appeared to blame Baker for Niner’s tight end George Kittle’s sprained left knee. Baker delivered a hit to Kittles legs on a ball thrown too high by quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo late in the second quarter of Arizona’s 24-20 win over the Niners on Sunday. The fan accused Baker of trying to go after Kittle’s knees.
After missing a snap, Kittle returned and ended the game. He defended Baker Tuesday afternoon and sent a picture of him and Baker in game action with the caption “Nothing but respect 32 [Baker’s jersey number]! See you on the road. “Baker responded to Kittle’s post with” Always respect the bridge. “
Kittle and Baker, who both entered the league in 2017, have had a number of highly contested matchups over the last couple of seasons, but Kittle said last week that he and Baker have had a friendly rivalry and were even among the first who texted each other. as each received a lucrative extension of the contract before the season.
“We have mutual respect for each other,” Kittle said on Sept. 10. “Budda is a hell of a football player … I love watching Budda play. He’s a monster. He’s all over the field … We compete at a very high level, we have a lot of intensity and we both love the game of football. What more do you want in a matchup? “