Fan Shot at 49ers-Raiders Game Was Asking for Trouble

san francisco 49ers baseball capOver the weekend, two fans were shot at a 49ers-Raiders exhibition game in San Francisco's Candlestick Park. One of them, a 24-year-old who was reportedly wearing a "F*** the Niners" t-shirt, remains in critical condition after being shot several times in the stomach. Another man, also in his 20s, suffered non-life threatening injuries, while a third 26-year-old was beaten until he lost consciousness in a restroom. Now, he's in serious condition in the hospital. Authorities say these attacks don't seem to have been related, but wow, way to open the football season, people!

There's absolutely no excuse for this horrific series of events. It's a shame that these attacks had to occur at all, let alone only months after San Francisco Giants fan Brian Stow was severely beaten in L.A. after a Giants-Dodgers game.

But unlike Stow, the 24-year-old victim who wore the incendiary t-shirt should have known better.

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Being a respectful fan requires some sportsmanship, and there's absolutely no good reason for wearing a tee with such a vulgar expression. It's crude, tasteless, and should not be tolerated by any sports organization. Period. Granted, the shooting occurred in the parking lot, so I'm not positive if this fan was simply tailgating and never actually allowed in Candlestick Park, but either way, he should have been asked by arena security to change tees or leave. Aside from being a green light for provocation, an article of clothing like that is just not acceptable in a public place, especially where children are present.

The fan's obvious misstep aside, what happened this weekend is all-around unacceptable. Sadly, I'm not quite sure if there really is a clear-cut solution to fan violence. At the very least, banning incendiary clothing or signs and stating that violence won't be tolerated -- something San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Oakland Mayor Jean Quan have already done -- is a step in the right direction. But these moves can only do so much. Fans themselves have to start acting like civil human beings and keeping the peace.

What do you think about what happened this weekend at the 49ers-Raiders game?


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