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York bristles at fans doing the wave while Campbell was injured

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In recent years, fans attending Candlestick Park have developed a bad reputation, in large part for disrespecting fans of the opposing team.  On Sunday, some disrespected a player from the visiting team — and the owner wasn’t happy about it.

After Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell was injured and before he gave fans the thumb’s up sign indicating he had movement in his extremities, the wave emerged.

Yes, the wave.  That relic of the ’70s, where bored fans entertain themselves by quickly standing up and sitting down in cascading fashion.  Until enough of them get bored with that.

“To say I’m disappointed some fans did the wave this afternoon while Campbell was down is understatement,” team CEO Jed York said via Twitter.  “Hope you get well soon Calais.”

Asked later by a follower on Twitter if there’s any truth to the rumor that the team’s new home, which opens next year, will have the ability to catapult fans who do the wave, York offered a one-word reply:  “Yes.”

It’s always risky to challenge the paying customers, but it’s good that York was willing to do it.

Too many fans think buying a ticket gives them the right to say or do whatever they want.  They also think being in a big crowd gives them the cover to do it.

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47 Responses to “York bristles at fans doing the wave while Campbell was injured”
  1. hodag54501 says: Oct 14, 2013 8:18 AM

    Combine that with the fans cheering when Schaub got hurt and that adds more ammunition to the idea that NFL fans have evolved into the “Jackass” generation: hurting people is funny, not serious, and something to be cheered.

    More examples where the customer isn’t always right.

  2. narcissismicapocalypse says: Oct 14, 2013 8:25 AM

    “Too many fans think buying a ticket gives them the right to say or do whatever they want. They also think being in a big crowd gives them the cover to do it.”

    They do have the right to say or do (gesture) what they want – it’s called freedom of speech. You may not like their attitude, and you’re free to speak about your dislike.

    What they’re doing, isn’t illegal: What’s Jed York going to do about it?

  3. saudishot says: Oct 14, 2013 8:27 AM

    If it doesn’t break a rule or law, they do have the right to do whatever they want. In most cases, people have the right be be jerks. God bless America!

  4. billh1947 says: Oct 14, 2013 8:29 AM

    The Niners recent success on the football field has made many of their fans obnoxious and classless.they were much better fans when the team was losing on a regular basis.

  5. scoops1 says: Oct 14, 2013 8:34 AM

    Keeping it Classy as always San Fran

  6. pencilmonkeymagic says: Oct 14, 2013 8:37 AM

    Harbaugh’s ‘Purer than pure’ speech was obviously taken to heart by the fans, too.

  7. mrlaloosh says: Oct 14, 2013 8:38 AM

    Stay classy, FRISCO! BWA-HaaHaHaaaaaaaa

  8. golforepar says: Oct 14, 2013 8:38 AM

    Respect and San Francisco are never used in the same sentence! A very classless move!!

  9. hodag54501 says: Oct 14, 2013 8:54 AM

    “If it doesn’t break a rule or law, they do have the right to do whatever they want. In most cases, people have the right be be jerks. God bless America!”

    I rest my case about the modern fan.

  10. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Oct 14, 2013 9:00 AM

    York and Harbaugh behave like entitled jerks. There should be no question as to why the fans act classless.

  11. tennis22drew says: Oct 14, 2013 9:01 AM

    It is pretty sad, but it was also a really long delay. I wouldn’t be surprised if the fans forgot what was going on, and bored fans always erupt in a wave.

  12. Smarterthanyou says: Oct 14, 2013 9:01 AM

    Its no secret that the FortyWHiner fanbase has zero class and 90% must get approval from their P.O. before attending a game. Its sickening that kids and ladies can not go to a game because of these animals

  13. 4949centennial says: Oct 14, 2013 9:03 AM

    I couldn’t go to Stick yesterday as I was travelling but as a long time season ticket holder this isn’t surprising.

    People do the waves when they get bored. And it has nothing to do with whats going on the field. In 2011 when our offense was on the filed and marching down, they were doing the wave and started to distract the offense. I tried to stop so hard at that time but my section was booed when we didn’t get up. Fortunately last year we didn’t have any waves.

    Yes, they are being complete idiots and morons but their intention was not to be disrespectful to the injured player. They are sometimes oblivious to what happens on the field. If you don’t believe me please Google Candle Stick wave and see that it occurs more than it should.

  14. golforepar says: Oct 14, 2013 9:06 AM

    You sure don’t want to offend the “hookah badger”!

  15. go49ers says: Oct 14, 2013 9:07 AM

    I was at the game & refused to do the wave. Total disrespectful to the Cardinals & especially Calais Cambell. In our section, us “Season Ticket Holders” was booing so hard while others was performing the wave. Again, very disappointing

  16. griblets says: Oct 14, 2013 9:10 AM

    Being an American, not a paying customer, affords them the right to free speech. That said, just because we have the right to do something doesn’t make it right to do.

    York’s free speech response was much more appropriate.

  17. 49ersdiehard says: Oct 14, 2013 9:15 AM

    Venues have fan etiquette/rules, which are clearly displayed, sometimes printed right on the tickets, so not sure where people on this blog or otherwise think they have ultimate freedom to do/say whatever they want at games.

    York is correct.

    Note: most 49ers’ fans aren’t like the ones that did, “the wave.”

  18. acdc84 says: Oct 14, 2013 9:16 AM

    Stay classy, San Francisco. I was up there for a Dodgers/Giants game earlier this year and the home fans were going crazy with jubilation when Hanley Ramirez got hurt.

  19. illbringdabeers says: Oct 14, 2013 9:19 AM

    I’m surprised I didn’t read any comments yet about how great Chiefs fans are; since they talk about it in every post.

  20. dspyank2k11 says: Oct 14, 2013 9:21 AM

    “Asked later by a follower on Twitter if there’s any truth to the rumor that the team’s new home, which opens next year, will have the ability to catapult fans who do the wave, York offered a one-word reply: “Yes.””

    Whoa Whoa Whoa, this is like saying Video Games make kids shoot people.

    The Wave itself didnt celebrate anything or injure anyone. You cant throw people out for doing the WAVE.

    Get a grip.

  21. FinFan68 says: Oct 14, 2013 9:22 AM

    In regards to the last paragraph: BRAVO!

  22. zeddicuszorander says: Oct 14, 2013 9:22 AM

    Even more disappointing is the fan who doesn’t understand what freedom of speech actually is.

    A NFL stadium is a private venue……they can kick your a$$ out anytime they want for whatever they want….and you can’t do a damn thing about it.

    Scream freedom of speech all you want on the way out…..it won’t matter.

    Know your Constitution before you thump it.

  23. johnnyjagfan says: Oct 14, 2013 9:23 AM

    Good for Jed York. He doesn’t need those jerks’ money. 49er fans used to have respect. Now I don’t think I’d shell out the cash to pay for a ticket. I’ll pick another city to travel to.

  24. bluebongzilla says: Oct 14, 2013 9:27 AM

    “They do have the right to say or do (gesture) what they want – it’s called freedom of speech. You may not like their attitude, and you’re free to speak about your dislike.”

    And they’re free to ban you from the stadium LOL

  25. bluebongzilla says: Oct 14, 2013 9:30 AM

    Some of you humanoids must have skipped government class.

  26. dspyank2k11 says: Oct 14, 2013 9:31 AM

    What he REALLY should do is do something about “Hitner”

  27. stevietimmy says: Oct 14, 2013 9:34 AM

    Philly fans were beaning Santa with iceballs and cheering a temporarily paralyzed Michael Irvin long before yesterday’s “Wavegate.”

    So while I will stay out of the whole “is it free speech, classy or not, etc. etc.” argument, I will say that this sort of behavior has been around for many years and thus no, it is not a sign of the Apocalypse being upon us.

  28. bluebongzilla says: Oct 14, 2013 9:37 AM

    “Note: most 49ers’ fans aren’t like the ones that did, “the wave.””

    Debatable. How can anybody stomach cheering for a team with such a terrible reputation for cheating? Did you know that the 49ers were fined $60,000 by the California Fair Political Practices Commission for laundering election campaign contributions in the 90′s? We’re all fortunate that the one-man crime wave known as Eddie DeBartolo, Jr. was summarily kicked out of the NFL.

  29. dirtdawg54 says: Oct 14, 2013 9:38 AM

    Freedom of speech and expression is a reflection of democracy. Knowing when to use it is a reflection of civility.

  30. bluebongzilla says: Oct 14, 2013 9:39 AM

    “Philly fans were beaning Santa with iceballs and cheering a temporarily paralyzed Michael Irvin long before yesterday’s “Wavegate.””

    And they were called out on it. And they continue to be called out on it decades later, obviously. Expect the same for the 49ers. On the bright side, the Cowboys have still won a Super Bowl more recently than the 49ers have.

  31. assuredmutualdestruction says: Oct 14, 2013 9:41 AM

    I said it before and I’ll say it again, 49er fans are the fecal matter of the NFL. Now York is realizing it too. Worst fans of any sports franchise in America.

  32. sprint100 says: Oct 14, 2013 9:56 AM

    I still can’t believe how people lose class, dignity, and respect just because it is legal to do so. IDIOTS!!!!! P.S. – The ones using that as an excuse to justify these classless actions are just as idiotic.

  33. xofootballer says: Oct 14, 2013 10:57 AM

    When a player is not being carted off injured – I like the wave.
    Not really, never participate – but what I DO like about it is it pisses off so many people that just need to shut up!
    Yea, cool – you hate the wave. You’re the better fan, whaaa whaa.

  34. armyjoe says: Oct 14, 2013 11:40 AM

    Sounds like a bunch of sorry, bitter Cardinals fans on here. I never do the wave. That’s like an Oakland thing. Hey. At least we didn’t cheer when our own player gets injured. Huh Chiefs fans?

  35. redbirdsrising says: Oct 14, 2013 11:53 AM

    There is NO SUCH THING AS FREEDOM OF SPEECH ON PRIVATE PROPERTY.

    The NFL has a “Fan Code of Conduct”. They can throw you out for swearing, for being rude, for fighting, for being too drunk. They can throw you out for just about anything.

    “Freedom of speech” means the GOVERNMENT can’t prosecute you for words. But believe me, spout off to a security guard in an NFL stadium, your ass will hit pavement.

  36. redbirdsrising says: Oct 14, 2013 11:54 AM

    BTW, I thought it was pathetic that the 49er players were so embarrassed about the wave they were trying to quite the crowd down. Just awful. Way to represent on national television, San Fran.

  37. sixjak says: Oct 14, 2013 12:27 PM

    Poor judgement/timing on the part of the fans to be sure. To their credit they cheered Campbell when he gave a thumbs up while being carted off and showed respect.

    Don’t judge them because they sin differently than all of you pious indignants.

  38. panteranate says: Oct 14, 2013 12:31 PM

    Why don’t all you trolls go comment on your own teams posts? Oh that’s right…freedom of speech and expression. Get over it! Some people are just ***holes!

  39. 7ftgriff says: Oct 14, 2013 1:32 PM

    There are bad fans at every stadium in the NFL ( yes including KC and GB and their self righteous asses) luckily next year a lot of the poorly behaved SF fans will be priced out of attending games with the new stadium.

  40. omgwtfjosh says: Oct 14, 2013 2:03 PM

    Doesn’t matter what team they play for he’s a human being. Show some compassion. I’m
    ashamed of my fellow 49ers fans after being at the game.

  41. cmosiedrum says: Oct 14, 2013 2:32 PM

    I was at the game and was floored when it happened. Not cool at all!

    However – I wouldn’t read too much into the wave at the Stick. There were a lot of AZ fans doing it too… Not saying it was ok, just saying look at what was happening before jumping on the “SF is classless” bandwagon:
    - There was no connection to the goings-on down on the field.
    - It was a long delay in the last part of the game when people a feeling all the $10 beers they’ve been drinking.
    - There was no info given over the loud speakers as;
    - a powered cart came on, went off, came back, went off again, a push cart/stretcher was brought out.
    It was then that the non-thinking fans (SF and AZ) started the wave. They were just passing time. Never the less, it was still the wrong thing to do.

    Nobody anywhere wants to see a player injured. The unthinking fans who participated in the wave were in the wrong – and many, many of us around the stadium were letting them know that, as it was happening.

    NOTE: Everyone was cheering when Campbell was taken off the field. As a football fan (and Niner Faithful) I hope for his speedy recovery.

  42. cmosiedrum says: Oct 14, 2013 2:41 PM

    redbirdsrising says:

    “BTW, I thought it was pathetic that the 49er players were so embarrassed about the wave they were trying to quite the crowd down. Just awful.”

    I disagree!
    There is nothing wrong with communication, or even over-communication!

    Everything about Candlestick stadium is so old and poorly designed as it was pieced together in the 60′s, that even the loudspeakers do not do an effective job of conveying information to the 68K + fans that were there.
    Not only is it helpful, it’s needed for players, the officiating crew and sideline security to step up and communicate what is needed. I cannot wait for the new stadium!

  43. megalodon1013 says: Oct 14, 2013 3:27 PM

    To all those who think that the 9ers winning has made the fans obnoxious, please consider that the older fans don’t act like that. We may have a superiority complex, but we’re not outwardly obnoxious about it. The problem is with the fair weather “I’ve always been a fan even though this is my first jersey” fans. I think some raiders fans may have jumped ship. Most fans that have seen at least 2 of the 5 superbowl wins has more respect than that. I hope any new fans reading this will take to heart that in San Francisco, gold is more than a color, it’s a standard and behave appropriately. You can boo or cheer for the oppositions players getting hurt all you want, just remember that if your kid or friend or family member gets hurt in a game, you won’t think it’s cool if somebody cheers when they get hurt. That’s low class.

  44. macjacmccoy says: Oct 14, 2013 9:28 PM

    “Too many fans think buying a ticket gives them the right to say or do whatever they want.”

    Yea what idiots. I cant believe fans actually believe the constitution is written on every ticket to a sporting event.

  45. laninerfan says: Oct 14, 2013 9:29 PM

    Jed York has the right to refuse service to anyone.

  46. jdhein22 says: Oct 14, 2013 11:07 PM

    Unfortunate that even Jed York had to sensationalize this issue by, you know, reporting and confirming it, huh 49ers fans? (In reference to prior comments on previous post on this issue)

    49ers fans are – for the most part – a classy bunch. However, Candlestick is becoming a rougher place by the game, it seems.

  47. samurai2r says: Oct 14, 2013 11:27 PM

    I was there and it really wasnt obvious as to what was going on on the field. I appeared that there was some sort of the delay, Then the wave started.

    They should simply put up a graphic that alerts fans of whats going on on the field and ask them to show a sign of respect if a player is injured.

    most of us are drunks who will do what we are told.

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