49ers fans did 'the wave' while a player was seriously injured

49ers fans taking heat for doing 'the wave' while a guy was on a stretcher

10/14/13 in NFL   |   JoeKukura   |   488 respect

Blog Photo - 49ers fans did 'the wave' while a player was seriously injuredPictured here is Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell, suffering a serious neck injury during yesterday's 32-20 loss to the 49ers at San Francisco's Candlestick Park. Not pictured here are the thousands of 49ers fans who did the wave while Campbell laid motionless and possibly paralyzed, with medical personnel onfield and players huddled in prayer

Personally, I find the wave to be outdated and tasteless in any set of circumstances. The  novelty wore off for me back in about mid-ninth grade. But to do the wave while a player is injured  is borderline-tasteless at best, and several Cardinals and 49ers are speaking to their disappointment with the fans.

Even 49ers CEO Jed criticized 49ers fans doing the wave while a player was injured. "To say I'm disappointed some fans did the wave this afternoon while @Campbell93 was down is understatement," York tweeted after the game. "Hope you get well soon Calais."

The injury occurred late in the fourth quarter, and the injury time-out went on for several minutes.

Blog Photo - 49ers fans did 'the wave' while a player was seriously injuredIn their defense, several 49ers players attempted to quiet and calm the crowd. "There is a man down there on the field getting carted off, you got fans out there doing the wave, I thought it was disrespectful,” 49ers tackle Joe Staley told the San Francisco Chronicle. “I know their players didn’t appreciate it, and our guys didn’t appreciate it. That’s our livelihood out there. It’s a brotherhood out there. I think that’s what makes this game so great. Just didn’t appreciate it."

In a bright side to this unpleasantness, Calais Campbell was released from a Bay Area hospital and has rejoined his teammates in Arizona. "It was a scary moment for a second. Everything feels really good now," Calais told the Arizona Republic.

Calais also says he is not angry with the fans who did the wave. "It was not that big of deal to me,” Campbell said. “When I came off the field, they were cheering for me, so I was happy.

 
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10/15/13   |   kobe_lova   |   61187 respect

Sharp Square wrote:

Ignorant fans can be found in every fan base for sure !  

At end of the day a player or your team or any other team are all playing the same game that we all enjoy watching, so to cheer or celebrate an injury to any of them unless its tom brady is just way over the line. 

 

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10/15/13   |   Sharp Square   |   11935 respect


Ignorant fans can be found in every fan base for sure !  

At end of the day a player or your team or any other team are all playing the same game that we all enjoy watching, so to cheer or celebrate an injury to any of them unless its tom brady is just way over the line. 

 

10/14/13   |   Debi_L   |   11774 respect

I was at a CFL game years ago where a player was actually paralyzed.  The game was delayed for what seemed like hours, but everyone GOT IT! It was a serious injury, and people watched quietly and in horror, to be honest.  Once the player was taken off the field, the mood remained somber, even as the game continued.  It is a game I will remember for the rest of my life.

10/14/13   |   Jess   |   34372 respect

This + the Matt Schaub thing yesterday just baffles me. I'm not trying to say 49ers fans or Texans fans are worse than any other in the league, because who knows - I'm sure this would/could/has happened in the past in other stadiums as well. However, most of the time fans are quite silent and respectful when a player is lying on the field, injuries being attended to.

As a matter of fact, in the Seahawks game against Houston, Texans fans showed concern when Seahawk Michael Bennett went down with what looked like a neck injury, and applauded him when he was taken off the field. Fortunately, I think that is the norm.

It's sad when this stuff happens.