Nov 3, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin (89) celebrates his touchdown reception against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the fourth quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Doug Baldwin rips disrespectful fan on Twitter

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Doug Baldwin just wants to spend some time with his family.

For each NFL player, the league’s season is a grueling one that involves lots of practice, lots of travel and lots of time with people other than family members.

With the 2014 season just around the corner, players, including Baldwin, are trying to spend as much time as possible with their significant others before a five or six month business trip.

Apparently, some fans could care less.

Baldwin took to Twitter on Sunday night to discuss fan etiquette after a bad experience with a fan over the weekend:

A little while later, Baldwin clarified his frustration was not targeted at any specific fan base, just this specific fan:

The specifics of who the fan was or what he or she did wasn’t clarified further by Baldwin, but whatever he or she did, I hope the fan learned their lesson.

Like Baldwin said, athletes are people too.

When an athlete poses for a picture or signs an autograph, it is a generous display of respect, not an obligatory action.

I would certainly be excited to see one of my favorite athletes at a restaurant, and you bet I would go ask for a picture or an autograph, but if they graciously declined, I would respect that.

Whatever Baldwin’s fan did went way too far and calling Baldwin an “a–hole” for whatever reason is absolutely inappropriate.

I applaud Baldwin for taking to Twitter to express his feelings without chewing anybody out. He was classy with his response to the event and most Seahawks fans took his side.

I know people call him “angry Doug Baldwin,” but in an incident like this one, Baldwin had every right to be upset.

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