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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 was once reminded of ways hateful other folks may 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 picture and “Niners” because the title. In 3 offensive messages, the individual used the N-word many times, referred to Baker as a “(expletive) slave,” and threatened bodily hurt on Baker. 

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

The 49ers took an extra step. The group issued a observation Tuesday, tweeting that “there’s no 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 stated. “The person who despatched the messages does now not constitute the 49ers or the Devoted. In keeping with group coverage, we’re running to spot this individual and can ban them from all 49ers video games and occasions.

“Incidents like this reveal how a lot paintings continues to be finished to deal with 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 partially 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 was once seen as a blank hit.

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

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

“I realize it’s a violent recreation, and it is one thing that — Budda Baker is among the absolute best human beings. We park our vehicles subsequent to one another on a daily basis so we have now a possibility to speak — he is one of the crucial absolute best human beings,” Pugh stated Tuesday. “There is not any approach he would pass in the market and check out to take a shot at any individual. He comes down and tries to hit everybody legally, blank, each step of the way in which.”

Sharing the personal messages resonated with different NFL gamers as smartly.

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

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

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