49ers address ‘racist messages’ sent Budda Baker’s way after George Kittle injury
Budda Baker posted a racist message that was sent to him by a fan of the San Francisco 49ers after delivering a hit that injured George Kittle in Week 1.
Statement from the San Francisco 49ers.
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) September 15, 2020
During Sunday’s contest, San Francisco was already shorthanded on the offensive side of the ball. Both Deebo Samuel and rookie Brandon Aiyuk were sidelined due to injuries, with Samuel headed to injured reserve this week.
Early in the NFC West bout versus the Cardinals, the 49ers would sustain another injury on offense when Baker delivered a hit to Kittle. The versatile safety would hit Kittle’s knee, causing the All-Pro tight end to be diagnosed with a knee sprain.
Nevertheless, he would proceed to play in 98 percent of San Francisco’s offensive snaps. With that being said, Kittle’s status for Week 2 is up in the air as the 49ers prepare to face the New York Jets.
Even though Baker didn’t maliciously intend to injure Kittle, a so-called ‘fan’ of the 49ers messaged him. The message was littered with racist profanity and was extremely hurtful toward Baker.
While the message took place on Instagram, the identity of the person who sent the message remains unknown. At the least, San Francisco is working toward finding the racist fan and ensuring he doesn’t step foot at another 49ers game. Even though Baker plays for their NFC West rivals, San Francisco is supportive of Baker amid his run-in with a racist fan.