Budda Baker Shares Racist Social Media Messages He Received Following Game Against 49ers (UPDATE)

On Monday, Baker shared messages from the @Niner8 Twitter account. In the messages, the user refers to Baker as a "monkey," "n****r," and "slave" for the hit.

Safety Budda Baker #32 of the Arizona Cardinals

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Safety Budda Baker #32 of the Arizona Cardinals

UPDATED 09/15/20 7:00 p.m. ET: On Monday evening the 49ers sent out an "unequivocal" denouncement of the direct messages, which was intended to show solidarity with Baker. Within that statement was the team's stated intent to try and identify the person who sent the messages for the purpose of imposing a future ban on them. The Niners also disavowed the fan.

You can read the entire statement here:

Statement from the San Francisco 49ers.

There is no place for hate and we got your back @buddabaker32 ❤️ pic.twitter.com/lq6ilmMDRt

— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) September 15, 2020

See original story below.

Normally, fans would congratulate a safety for making a great open-field tackle against one of the NFL's elite tight ends. But for the Cardinals' Budda Baker, he was simply reminded of how racist football fans can be. 

Right before halftime during this week's contest against the defending NFC champions, the San Francisco 49ers, Baker rushed the flat to hit George Kittle as he was attempting to catch a pass. Because the pass was thrown high and Kittle is significantly taller than the 5'10 defensive back, Baker was forced to bring the tight end down with a low tackle. 

Kittle heading to the locker room early before halftime with trainers to be looked at. Got hit hard on this play by Budda Baker pic.twitter.com/gBYht0RufR

— The Fantasy Source 🍥 (@FantasySource_) September 13, 2020

Kittle was slow to get up from the hit and it has been reported that the play caused him a sprained knee. Although this is part of the game, some Niners fans used this as an opportunity to hurl racist slurs at Baker. On Monday, Baker shared messages from the @Niner8 Twitter account. In the messages, the user refers to Baker as a "monkey," "n****r," and "slave" for the hit. 

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 (@Buddabaker3) September 14, 2020

The NFL has attempted to take inclusivity seriously. It has painted social justice messages in the end zones and allowed players to display political phrases on their helmets and hats. But these vile messages to Baker—who is one of the best defensive backs in the NFL—along with fans booing the Chiefs and Texans promoting unity proves that it's going to take more than symbolic gestures to end racism. 

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