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Following his team’s opening weekend win against the 49ers, All-Pro safety Budda Baker shared a racist message he received on instagram from a 49ers fan that called him a slave and the N-word. The fan also made a threat on Baker’s life, stating that Baker now has a bounty on his head.
On Tuesday afternoon the 49ers responded to the fan’s comments, saying they are working to ban them from all 49ers games going forward.
“The San Francisco 49ers unequivocally denounce the racist messages sent to Budda Baker,” the team said in a statement posted to its social media channels. “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 at 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.”
Jed York also denounced the racist fan on Tuesday, and implored other teams do the same.
Im all good with opposing fans talking trash. But This right here man… All you can do is pray for ppl like this. pic.twitter.com/Hybq1RmfEd
— Budda Baker (@buddabaker32) September 14, 2020
George Kittle wants to end racism pic.twitter.com/ZhDBrVPnzU
— KNBR (@KNBR) September 13, 2020