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When Arizona Cardinals protection Budda Baker opened his telephone Monday, the day after a win over the San Francisco 49ers, he used to be reminded of the way hateful other people can also be. 

Baker shared a screenshot Monday of the racist direct messages he gained from an Instagram account named @niners8. The account had a 49ers photograph and “Niners” because the identify. In 3 offensive messages, the individual used the N-word time and again, referred to Baker as a “(expletive) slave,” and threatened bodily hurt on Baker. 

“(I am) all just right with opposing fanatics speaking trash. However this proper right here guy…. All you’ll be able to do is pray for (other people) like this,” Baker tweeted

The 49ers took an extra step. The group issued a observation Tuesday, tweeting that “there is not any position for hate” and that the group had Baker’s again.

“The San Francisco 49ers unequivocally denounce the racist messages despatched to Budda Baker,” the observation mentioned. “The person who despatched the messages does now not constitute the 49ers or the Trustworthy. Consistent with group coverage, we’re operating to spot this particular person and can ban them from all 49ers video games and occasions.

“Incidents like this reveal how a lot paintings is still performed to handle racism and hate in our society. We stay steadfast in our dedication to that paintings.”

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The racist messages perceived to have stemmed partly from Baker’s hit on 49ers tight finish George Kittle. Baker had 15 tackles Sunday, together with one who shook up Kittle within the first part however used to be considered as a blank hit.

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) is hit by Arizona Cardinals strong safety Budda Baker (32) during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

San Francisco 49ers tight finish George Kittle (85) is hit by means of Arizona Cardinals robust protection Budda Baker (32) all through the primary part of an NFL soccer recreation in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. (AP Picture/Tony Avelar) (Picture: Tony Avelar, AP)

Cardinals teammate Justin Pugh mentioned that he had now not observed the hit, however that every one avid gamers needless to say accidents occur each and every recreation. 

“I understand it’s a violent recreation, and it is one thing that — Budda Baker is without doubt one of the absolute best human beings. We park our vehicles subsequent to one another each day so we have now a possibility to speak — he is one of the most absolute best human beings,” Pugh mentioned Tuesday. “There is not any manner he would cross available in the market and check out to take a shot at any person. He comes down and tries to hit everybody legally, blank, each and every step of the best way.”

Sharing the non-public messages resonated with different NFL avid gamers as neatly.

“They in point of fact do not know what we undergo,” responded Houston Texans cornerback Lonnie Johnson Jr. 

Apply the Arizona Republic’s Katherine Fitzgerald on Twitter @kfitz134.


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