The recent ugliness between 49ers and Raiders fans has prompted plenty of criticism of those who root for Oakland’s NFL team, even though the incident occurred at Candlestick Park. CEO Amy Trask spoke out last week against efforts to paint with a broad brush those who may be inclined to paint their faces silver and/or black.
Trask has now circulated a series of photos showing fans with family members and babies enjoying Sunday night’s game against the Raiders.
“Now, those of you who regularly attend our home games know that this is not aberrational — it is the norm,” Trask wrote in an e-mail to the media. “That said, in light of the recent attention on the family friendly nature of sports facilities, I thought it important to send some new photographs — from our most recent game.
“None of these pictures were taken in our Club Sections or our Suites — these are fans throughout the stadium, enjoying time with family and friends — no matter the age, and no matter the team of choice. We all know that perception is not always consistent with reality — please use these photographs when helping others form opinions — and please remember that our commitment to a safe, secure, fun and family friendly environment is unwavering.”
It will be difficult to quickly overcome decades of images of menacing Raiders fans dressed in intimidating garb. But these images definitely provide a different context.
That said, the kid with the red hair looks like he could do mess some people up. Then again, he’s wearing a Saints jersey.