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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  • Erockalypse

    I know Mad Doug, its what I call him. appreciates and adores the fan base for one simple fact. I was walking down pike place with my fiance’ and wearing a lynch jersey. Who stops me? Mr Doug Baldwin. exchange a few words and he signed a 12th man flier from out of his car that read. #89 is better than #24, Doug Baldwin. It made me wonder how often he does this sort of thing. Anyways good dude.If I had seen him in public I wouldn’t havegotten that signature because I for one would not have approached him. I love my team. been a fan since my first game in the kingdoms as a kid, but these players are people too. and deserve the same kind of respect and space as anyone else. plus I’m not a star struck type of person, but anyways. give the guy some space and ya never know. It’s possible you land in the same position I was in where he approached me.

    • Erockalypse

      For those of you who are curious what it looks like. Or rightfully do not believe everything someone says on the internet. I just posted a pic of it from my phone to imgur. imgur.com/9TBcrWi

      • JohnPaul Sein

        That is too funny! I’m pretty sure baldwin was jus having fun there..

      • Erockalypse

        This post is approved by Salvain haha

  • Lyle Park

    I respect Doug, fame is a two edge sword and someday he may be asking fans do you remember me so fame is fleeting he should enjoy it and fans should respect the person as well.

  • Julie

    Have to agree with Doug’s comments. Hawks take the time to go and be with the fans some are headed up here next week to my home in Alaska. Love the Seahawks, and hope the fan(s) take heed to the spirt of what he was trying to say not just with him, but all of them. Let them be people too. They give we the fan base more than enough opportuinities at face time with them and give us a lot of respect, I can’t say I’ve ever heard another team give as many props to their fans as our Hawks give to us. We even landed on their SB Rings out of respect for our loyalty. Show the respect back. Go Hawks!