49ers fans taking heat for doing 'the wave' while a guy was on a stretcher
Personally, I find the wave to be outdated and tasteless in any set of circumstances.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.
In 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.