Two victims of Candlestick violence improving

Two victims of Candlestick violence improving

Aug. 22, 201149ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEORAIDERS PAGE RAIDERS VIDEO

PROGRAMMING NOTE: Chronicle Live is at Raiders training camp in Napa, where the topics will include Saturday night's violence at Candlestick Park, the drafting of Terrelle Pryor, Jason Campbell's condition and more. Tune in at 5, 9 and 11 p.m on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and 6 p.m. and midnight for Comcast SportsNet California.

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Two of the three victims of Saturday night's violent fan outburst at Candlestick Park were upgraded Monday from serious to fair condition, according to San Francisco General Hospital spokesperson Rachael Kagan.

A 26-year-old male from Santa Rosa, the victim of an assault, has been upgraded to "fair." A male, 25, gunshot victim, also has been upgraded to "fair."

A third victim at the 49ers-Raiders exhibition game, a 20-year-old male who was shot in the face, sustained only a superficial wound, according to police.

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The next update will be issued Tuesday morning. The names of the victims have not been released.

The most seriously injured shooting victim was apparently a Raiders fan. He suffered life threatening injuries after someone shot him several times apparently for wearing a shirt that had an obscenity directed at the 49ers.

No arrests have been made, but SFPD said it has detained a person of interest in one of the shootings. In the beating, police are seeking a male suspect described as a Samoan or Pacific Island man between 25 and 30 years of age, with a goatee and long curly hair tied up in a pony tail, weighing up to 260 pounds and standing almost 6-feet-5 inches tall.

Various accounts put the number of large-scale fights Saturday night at three. The two shootings and the assault did not take place in the stands. Both shootings occurred in the parking lot after the game and the assault occurred in a bathroom inside the stadium during the fourth quarter.

The attacks come four-and-a-half months after Giants fan Bryan Stow was severely beaten by two men outside Dodger Stadium, following the season opener on March 31.

Goodell reacts to suggestion Kaepernick is being 'blackballed'

Goodell reacts to suggestion Kaepernick is being 'blackballed'

PHOENIX – NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday he does not believe quarterback Colin Kaepernick is being “blackballed” in his attempt to continue his career.

“I haven’t heard that from our clubs in any way that that’s an issue,” Goodell said during his press conference to conclude the NFL owners meetings.

“My experience in 35 years is that our clubs make independent evaluations of players. They work hard to try to improve their teams. But if they think a player can help improve their team, they’re going to do that.”

Kaepernick remains unsigned as an unrestricted free agent after opting out of his 49ers contract earlier this month. Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman this week was asked on ESPN’s "First Take" whether he felt Kaepernick was being blackballed.

"I'm sure he is," Sherman answered. "It's difficult to see because he's played at such a high level, and you see guys, quarterbacks, who have never played at a high level being signed by teams. So it's difficult to understand."

General manager John Lynch on Tuesday said the 49ers have not had any contact with Kaepernick since he and coach Kyle Shanahan met with Kaepernick on Feb. 22 in Santa Clara. The 49ers signed free-agent quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley have shown no interest in re-signing Kaepernick.

Kaepernick, 29, created a controversy last season when he opted to take a knee during the playing of the national anthem to protest racial inequality in the United States. Kaepernick has decided to stand for the national anthem this season.

Earlier in the day, Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh said it was “stupid” and “intellectually lazy” to think teams have colluded to keep Kaepernick out of the league. Last week, former 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, John’s brother, said Kaepernick is still an outstanding player and can win championships.

“I absolutely think he’s going to get signed,” John Harbaugh said. “I agree with Jim. He can win games for people.”

 

49ers GM Lynch speaks with Harbaugh about Michigan prospects

49ers GM Lynch speaks with Harbaugh about Michigan prospects

PHOENIX – John Lynch’s draft preparation as a first-year NFL general manager prompted him to make a phone call Monday to Jim Harbaugh.

“I talked to an old 49ers coach yesterday,” Lynch said at the NFL owners meetings. “He was great. He has a lot of players who are draftable. (He) gave me a lot of great information, and it was entertaining, as it always is with Jim.

“He just said, ‘Fired up for you, man,’ then we started talking about his players. He had to go to a meeting and I had to go to a meeting, so it was quick.”

Before Lynch could quiz Harbaugh about some of the Wolverines’ draft-eligible prospects, Harbaugh had a brief chance to catch up with his brother, John, the Baltimore Ravens head coach.

“It was fun because right when we called, his brother was right there,” Lynch said.

“So John came over and before I could get on the phone, John and Jim were talking. I said, ‘Hey, you’re cutting into my time, give me the phone.’ We had a good time.”

Michigan’s top prospects are safety Jabrill Peppers, who won the Paul Hornung Award as the nation’s most-versatile player, and edge rusher Taco Charlton.

Lynch said he does not ask “lazy questions” of any college coach about his former players. Instead, he’s looking at specifics, such as what position a player is better suited to play at the NFL level.

Harbaugh, who was let go after the 49ers' 8-8 season of 2014, enters his third season at his alma mater after two seasons with 10-3 records.