In the fourth quarter of the San Francisco 49ers 32-20 win Sunday, Cardinal’s defensive end Calais Campbell went down with what appeared to be a serious injury. Campbell was on the ground for several minutes and he had to taken off the field in a stretcher. On the way to the locker room, he gave a thumb’s up.
Fortunately, reports said Campbell was released from the hospital Sunday night, flew back to Arizona and was at a meeting Monday morning. He was injured trying to stop a run play and will be evaluated throughout the week. Campbell tweeted about his injury:
I want to give a big thank you for all the support and kind words today. I am feeling good and anxious to return! #appreciatethelove
— Calais Campbell (@Campbell93) October 14, 2013
Unfortunately, during the stoppage time some of the fans at Candlestick Park decided to start “The Wave”. At the time, Campbell’s injury looked serious enough that players circled around him and he left the field in a stretcher. So why some fans would think that was an appropriate time to start doing “The Wave” is beyond me. I don’t believe the fans meant any ill-will towards Campbell, they just had terrible timing.
Let this be a lesson to any fans going to future games of any sport. If a player is down on the field, no matter from which team, the best thing to do is hope they are okay and stay quiet. Don’t cheer, boo or do “The Wave”.
Here are reactions from 49ers CEO Jed York and players:
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. Very disrespectful
— Joe Staley (@jstaley74) October 14, 2013
Fans: when players are hurt, it’s not in good taste to cheer, boo, or do the wave.
— Adam Snyder (@ASnyds68) October 14, 2013