During the 49ers’ win over the Cardinals at Candlestick on Sunday, Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell injured his neck and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher. He’s OK now. He reportedly has movement in all his extremities, although he is complaining about some numbness. That’s the good news.
The bad news? The crowd’s reaction. Some members of the 49ers organization were vocal about their displeasure with the Candlestick faithful spending their idle time doing the wave as Campbell was being attended to by medical personnel.
We can go into a snarky harangue about how the wave is about as relevant in 2013 as David Hasselhoff and Corey Feldman appearing on celebrity episode of “Scattergories” and why it should be excommunicated from the gameday experience to begin with. But in this particular instance, as if it weren’t already obvious, we’ll let the 49ers put things into perspective for you.
“There is a man down there on the field getting carted off, you got fans out there doing the wave, I thought it was disrespectful,” tackle Joe Staley said. “I know their players didn’t appreciate it, and our guys didn’t appreciate it. That’s our livelihood out there. It’s a brotherhood out there. I think that’s what makes this game so great. Just didn’t appreciate it.”
And from team CEO Jed York:
To say I'm disappointed some fans did the wave this afternoon while @Campbell93 was down is understatement. Hope you get well soon Calais
— Jed York (@JedYork) October 14, 2013
There you go. Hopefully this finger wagging by respected members of the 49ers convinces the fans to never, ever, EVER do the wave again.