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The San Francisco 49ers are denouncing a series of racist messages sent from an apparent fan of the team to Cardinals safety Budda Baker during Sunday’s game.

The Niners announced Tuesday that they are investigating the situation to identify the fan, who will be banned from all team games and events.

Baker tweeted a screenshot of the message Monday afternoon, saying “Im all good with opposing fans talking trash. But This right here man… All you can do is pray for ppl like this.”

The messages used racial slurs and invoked slave imagery.

“Incidents like this demonstrate how much work remains to be done to address racism and hate in our society,” the 49ers’ Tuesday statement read. “We remain steadfast in our commitment to that work.”

The message accused Baker of trying to “go after the knees” after his hit on a leaping George Kittle forced the 49ers’ star tight end to head to the locker room before halftime.

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No penalty was called on the play and Baker’s hit was a textbook-style tackle, but with Kittle just landing after jumping for a pass, his knee appeared to hyperextend.

Baker is a young star for the Cardinals, reaching the Pro Bowl twice in his four-year career. He became the highest-paid safety in the NFL with an extension he signed late last month.

The NFL has worked to show a greater level of solidarity against racism this season in the wake of the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others this offseason — and the protests thereafter. Each Week 1 game featured a performance of “Lift Every Voice and Sing”, also known as the Black national anthem, before the U.S. anthem, and the league took other steps to share display anti-racism messages, though its efforts have been less pronounced than those of other leagues.

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Scrutinized Browns stars Baker Mayfield, Odell Beckham Jr. start Week 2 game off hot

Cleveland Browns stars Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham Jr. were under scrutiny heading into their Week 2 game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night.

For a brief moment, all the criticism was quieted when quarterback Mayfield found receiver Beckham for a long touchdown pass in the second quarter.

Cleveland ultimately beat its division rival, 35-30.


On that second quarter play, Mayfield took the snap and faked a handoff, then rolled to his left and fired the ball down to Beckham -- who gained separation on a double move against the Cincinnati cornerback.

The result: a 43-yard touchdown pass from Mayfield to Beckham to put Cleveland up 14-3 after the extra point.


Mayfield, Beckham and the Browns had been criticized heading into the game. Cleveland was blown out 38-6 against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1.

The third-year quarterback from Oklahoma had a touchdown pass and 189 passing yards in the game but also had an interception. He was sacked twice. He completed 21-of-39 passes.

Beckham had only three catches for 22 yards on 10 targets.


Getting started early was key for the Browns. Mayfield started the game completing his first five passes. The Browns got an early score on an 11-yard Nick Chubb touchdown run.

Both teams were winless heading into the game.

Ryan Gaydos is a sports reporter for and Follow him on Twitter @Gaydos_

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