York, others appalled 49ers fans did wave while Campbell injured

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York, others appalled 49ers fans did wave while Campbell injured
October 14, 2013, 7:00 am
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Calais Campbell sustained a neck injury and experienced numbness. He was able to move his arms as he was taken off the field and transported to a local hospital. (AP)

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The 49ers moved into second place all alone in the NFC West standings with their 32-20 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.

However, the team’s fan base absorbed a huge loss of reputation on Sunday.

Many of the 69,732 fans in attendance took part in the wave while a stretcher was summoned onto the Candlestick Park field late in the fourth quarter for Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Calais Campbell.

“To say I'm disappointed some fans did the wave this afternoon while @Campbell93 was down is understatement,” 49ers CEO Jed York wrote on Twitter. “Hope you get well soon Calais.”


Campbell sustained a neck injury and experienced numbness. He was able to move his arms as he was taken off the field and transported to a local hospital. Campbell wrote on Twitter, “I am feeling good and anxious to return!”

Players on both teams spoke out about the reaction of 49ers fans while medical personnel attended to Campbell on the field. Arizona Republic columnist Dan Bickley called 49ers fans “the worst.”

“In one of the more classless displays you’ll ever see at a football game, fans at Candlestick Park repeatedly did the wave as Calais Campbell lay motionless on the ground,” Bickley wrote.

“That was classless,” Cardinals linebacker John Abraham said. “Very classless. It’s one thing if you think a guy is faking an injury. But there was a cart on the field. Obviously, it was something very serious. And as you could see, the 49ers players were even trying to quiet the crowd.”

As the wave circled Candlestick Park several times, a hushing sound was played over the stadium sound system. Some fans were seen trying to get the wave to stop while several 49ers players also attempted to get the crowd to show some respect with silence.


“To all the fans that did the wave while a player was on the field in pain getting carted off, I was embarrassed for you,” 49ers left tackle Joe Staley wrote on Twitter. “Very disrespectful.”

 

Veteran 49ers lineman Adam Snyder, who played for the Cardinals last season, wrote: “We as players appreciate every fan but when we get hurt, it's real life. It HURTS. not cool to hear people cheering and or whatever.”