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49ers respond after racist fan slurs Budda Baker, calls him ‘f–king slave’



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.

“Permitting these individuals to go unchecked allows racism and hate to spread. I urge other teams in the world of sport to consider our policy of banning those who seek to tear others down with racial slurs and threats of violence.”