Late in the fourth quarter during the 49ers game against the Cardinals, there was a brutal collision which left one player injured. Cardinals DE Calais Campbell went down with a neck injury and was carted off the field with a stretcher.
What happened during the time Campbell was being looked at is what sparked disappointment among 49ers CEO Jed York. The fans in Candlestick Park began to start a wave as he was being taken off the field. He tweeted the following statement:
"To say I'm disappointed some fans did the wave this afternoon while @Campbell93 was down is understatement. Hope you get well soon Calais."
As Campbell was being carted off, several 49ers players made an effort to stop the wave.
It wasn't only York who said something as Joe Staley and Adam Snyder also tweeted that they were embarrassed on the whole situation. Snyder warned fans about what it's like being a player and that there shouldn't be anyone wishing an injury with the following statement:
"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."
The wave is something that has been ongoing for decades in stadiums or in large gatherings. Overall, the wave is a sign that someone shows boredom. Staley has previously disliked the wave, saying it shouldn't be seen when the team is on offense.
Usually what draws the wave is when a game becomes boring or lopsided and someone wants to be a part of the what is happening. That person (or group of individuals) will begin signaling to their section and others in the area for people to put their hands up.
While this could have happened during a blowing win, the action to start the wave from someone deserves to scrutinized because it began when a player was injured. Both the 49ers and Cardinals players gathered around in hoping Campbell will be fine from his injury. By starting the wave, it's an indication of saying to the players that they don't care about the injured individual or respect him.
With the damage already done by whoever started the wave, it was a good sign from players to make an effort to stop the wave and have respect for a player fallen. Not everyone in the stadium participated in the wave, but it was visible enough to see majority of fans putting their arms up. The good news for Campbell is that he should be released from the hospital, according to Kent Somers.
Even though a game can be dull at times and no action happens, a wave should never happen while someone else is being looked at for an injury.