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A little more than a month after fights broke out at Candlestick Park between 49ers and Raiders fans, there has been yet another act of violence committed at a tailgate. This time, the incident took place last weekend as the Dallas Cowboys were in town. C.W. Nevius has the story in his blog from SF Gate:
It seems that at 5 p.m. on the night of the Dallas game a victim was found in the parking lot, bleeding from the head. According to the report, police detained three suspects who were determined to assault the victim and his friend.
And what exactly happened that sparked the altercation:
"Apparently, the argument started because the victim was standing behind the suspects' vehicle and not allowing them to back out. Words were exchanged then the suspects got out of the car and assaulted the victim. One of the suspects hit the victim several times in the head with a flashlight while another smashed a bottle over his head. The third suspect brandished a knife. A friend of the victim tried to step in and got punched in the head by the first suspect. A security guard, who witnessed the incident attempted to get involved as well and was also attacked by two of the suspects who punched him several times."
Police then searched the suspects' car and found "a Colt pistol" in the center console with the serial numbers filed off, the report said.
Why do people do this?
Fortunately, none of the victims sustained serious injuries, though most of them went to a local hospital and received treatment. As for the suspects, there is no word on the charges they will face or if jail time is possible, though the pistol with the filed off serial numbers is enough to put them in jail for a while, especially if any of them have a prior history with the law.
This of course comes just a few weeks after the NFL sent their Head of Security to San Francisco to make inspections and ensure Candlestick was up to par with the league's rules and regulations as far as stadium security goes. Another visit could be coming soon for those in the 49ers organization.
Stop being stupid, folks. It's football.
At least the NFL can have somewhat of an excuse when it comes to violence at Candlestick. It's not justand Niners fans who can get into a tizzy in Bay Area games; Cal and Fresno State fans can sure get in on the action themselves.
According to Bay City News, a man was left beaten bloodied and unconscious after a verbal altercation between rival groups of Goldenand Bulldogs fans just after kickoff. He suffered a broken nose and lacerations to the back of the head. The suspect is being held in custody. It's hard to tell if Cal or Fresno fans had tickets to the game since the parking lots are supposed to be cleared prior to kickoff, so it's not known if these are fans of the game or just various locals looking to stir up trouble.
It's hard to say whether you can call this violence has any bearing on the previous Candlestick violence. But it certainly is another black mark on the Candlestick Park environment and a proper response by security at the game.
The shootings that took place at Candlestick Park have prompted the league to make radical changes for both the Raiders and 49ers, along with all around the league. Some of these updates were relayed Thursday night via Chris Mortensen’s Twitter. Here they are:
NFL Chief of Security Jeff Miller heading to SF tonight for further review of 49ers-Raiders fan violence, will meet w SFPD Chief of Police.
Miller, who succeeded Milt Alherich as NFL security chief, launched league’s fan code of conduct under the direction of Commissioner Goodell
NFL weekly audit of all games played on fan safety/incidents. All 32 teams get grades. San Fran grades have indicated more attn necessary.
Despite Raiders’ perception, Miller said team CEO Amy Trask embraced several measures that have improved stadium security past 2 yrs or so.
In the end, the safety of the fans, players and stadium staff is the ultimate goal. Regardless if that means even more random checkups, mandatory upgrades to security, or simply a higher league presence for each game, any move that could be made should be made.
Stay tuned to SB Nation Bay Area for updates on the 49ers, Raiders, and the Candlestick Park incident.
The Candlestick Park violence last Saturday after the Oakland Raiders-San Francisco 49ers game has already resulted in a suspension of the series. Now it looks as if the entire fan experience for Niners fans is about to be radically altered.
There will still be tailgating allowed for Niners fans, but it is now restricted to four hours before kickoff and ends when the game starts. Eric Branch tweeted that tailgating during and after the games has been banned. Security will also be beefed up during tailgating period. Tim Kawakami tweets that during tailgating periods, there will be 2-officer teams patrolling the areas to spot potential issues, and these places must be vacated before kickoff (either by going into the stadium or leaving the areas).
On some level, this does make sense. Candlestick has never been in the safest location for an NFL stadium, and it's probably for the best that there's no extracurricular activity happening in the parking lot during a football game. Besides, if you're at an NFL game, it probably makes sense to watch it inside right? And tailgating after the game can probably lead to trouble. Still, it's a very sudden development that could take time for 49ers fans to get used to.
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The 49ers and the city of San Francisco held a press conference outside Candlestick Park on Monday following the outbreaks of violence at Saturday’s 49ers-Raiders preseason contest. The game saw two post-game shootings and various in-stadium attacks resulting in significant police involvement.
Jed York announced at the press conference that he will recommend to the NFL that the 49ers-Raiders preseason series be postponed for “some period of time.” This follows Tim Kawakami’s earlier report that an NFL league source said the series would be coming to an end, possibly replaced by a closed 49ers-Raiders scrimmage.
Part of the issue in with Saturday’s game was the fact that tickets were going for pennies on the dollar, meaning anybody who wanted to cause trouble could get in. More importantly, by spending fewer dollars on tickets, these people could spend more money on alcohol, potentially escalating the problems. Jed York suggested in a radio interview that switching to an 18-game schedule could potentially curb this problem.
While some might view this as a poorly timed push for an 18-game schedule, he actually makes a good point. Fewer preseason games means fewer under-priced tickets on the market. Whether that decreases violence at rivalry games remains to be seen.
Tim Kawkami has the story from an NFL executive:
In a response to the violence at Saturday's exhibition game at Candlestick Park, a high-ranking NFL source said it is certain that the 49ers and Raiders will end their annual exhibition game against each other.
The source said that both the NFL and local police strongly support such an end to the preseason cross-bay rivalry.
This is probably for the best. Another incident similar to the one that happened this past weekend would be a disaster. The article continues...
Though the two teams haven't told each other that they don't want to play the game any more, the NFL source said that there is no way the game will be played next year, the year after and maybe longer than that.
The exhibition game might be partially replaced by a closed Raiders-49ers scrimmage during training camp, the NFL source said.
Again, probably for the best. Hopefully the arch-rivals are able to continue their preseason matches down the road. As for the near future, though, a scrimmage at training camp is likely the most the fans will see between the two teams.
The weekend's events were not good for the Oakland Raiders and Candlestick Park. A franchise with fans that are notorious for being -- we'll call it dedicated and enthusiastic -- have not always been viewed in the best light by those around the country. Raiders officials are asking for the national media to not stereotype their dedicated fans.
Amy Trask joined 97.5 The Game to discuss the recent shootings. Here are just a few of the highlights from what the Raiders' CEO had to say:
How troubling is it for you and the organization that there's a stereotype that exists for a section of Raider fans?:
"Let me tell you on a personal level, it couldn't be more troubling. ... Let's be a little bit direct about this. It's not just a stereotype of fans and the citizens in the community. The media engage in this stereotyping as well. We all know better than to stereotype. ... Yet in situations like these, people make an immediate rush to judgment and to stereotype. I will tell you, and I could be more passionate about this ... the overwhelming majority of the Raiders fans, and fans of the 49ers, and fans of all NFL teams, are terrific, terrific people. ... We have to resist the urge to let the behavior of a handful of people color our view of the fanbase as a whole."
The questions continue:
How does the league work with you in a situation like this where some fans are now afraid to attend games?:
"We work very, very closely with NFL security. ... We have adopted every best practice available, and then some, in our stadium. For example, every ticket-holder, everybody receiving a ticket, receives our fan code of conduct, which explains what behavior is not to be tolerated in our stadium. ... Everybody entering our parking lot receives tailgating rules. ... We are very, very proactive in working with our fans in the parking lot and the game."
Stadium security beings with the fans. If no one acts like an idiot, idiotic things are much less likely to happen. As Amy said in the interview, it only takes a few fans to change the perception of an entire fan base.
Stay tuned to SB Nation Bay Area for further updates on the situation. For more Raiders coverage, be sure to check out the guys over at Silver and Black Nation. 49ers fans should visit Niners Nation for their continued coverage.
Turns out it might not have been just hooligan behavior responsible for the multitude of fights and mayhem that led to the hospitalization of three males. A source close to the investigation told Tracey Kaplan and Sean Maher of the San Jose Mercury News that the incidents were gang-related, and could have resulted from a rivalry between the two Latin groups that are infamous for their crimes in California.
For those wondering about the backgrounds of the gangs involved, here are some basic known facts about each group:
Obviously, the investigation is still ongoing. But the gang presence does lead a bit more of a menacing air to the violence of Saturday night.
The San Francisco 49ers, the NFL, and the mayors of San Francisco and Oakland all released statements today related to the numerous violent incidents that took place at or near Candlestick Park Saturday evening during and after the 49ers-Raiders game. There were reportedly two shootings and several other attacks, which the police are currently investigating. There is reportedly a suspect in hand for one of the shootings, but updates are still coming on.
49ERS STATEMENT ON INCIDENT AT CANDLESTICK PARK
“Our entire organization is hopeful for the recovery of the victims from last night’s violence. These kinds of events are disquieting to everyone in the Bay Area community. Today, we are working to assist the San Francisco Police Department in any way possible to understand how and why this happened.
The San Francisco 49ers will continue to gather information regarding the incidents reported, through ongoing communication with the San Francisco Police Department, stadium security and medical personnel. The 49ers’ primary concern has always been, and will continue to be, providing a safe and enjoyable environment for our fans on game day. We will be work with the SFPD and efforts to conduct investigations into these matters.”
NFL STATEMENT ON LAST NIGHT’S GAME
“We deplore the activities of a handful of fans at last night’s game between the 49ers and Raiders. We pledge our full support to Mayors Lee and Quan and to state and local law enforcement agencies. We are carefully reviewing the events to make sure we have a full understanding of what took place. We will work with our clubs and law enforcement agencies to ensure responsible fan conduct at all NFL games and a safe and enjoyable game experience for all fans in attendance.”
MAYOR EDWIN M. LEE & OAKLAND MAYOR JEAN QUAN
The following statement was issued today by San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Oakland Mayor Jean Quan with the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders in regard to violence that occurred at Saturday’s Preseason Game at Candlestick Park:
“Violence will not be tolerated in either of our stadiums. The incidents at Candlestick Park last night after the San Francisco 49ers versus Oakland Raiders game are completely unacceptable and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Fans come to our stadiums to enjoy an afternoon of football, not to be subjected to intimidation or violence. These games are family events and the types of images we witnessed last night have no place in our arenas.
Public safety remains our top priority and we are doing everything we can to ensure that when fans come to our cities and our sports arenas they have a positive, safe and enjoyable experience. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families for a speedy recovery.”
Suspects are believed to be in custody in regard to the more serious incidents last evening.
Witnesses are being asked to call the San Francisco Police Department tip line at (415) 575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411 and begin the message with SFPD with any information.
And the madness continues to roll out of Candlestick Park. In addition to the shooting after the 49ers-Raiders game that left one man seriously hospitalized and another with facial wounds, there was another serious incident.
Bay City News and NBC Bay Area report that another man is fighting for his life tonight after being knocked out in an upper-level restroom during the game. He is in the hospital and is injuries are considered very serious.
Police do have some preliminary sketches on the suspect involved in the beating. Here are his features below:
Those who know anything about the incident or suspect in question are encouraged to call the tip line at (4150) 575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411 and begin the message with SFPD.
Some details are starting to trickle out about the horrifying shooting of two male fans at Candlestick Park after the preseason game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders. Steve Corkran, Raiders blogger for the Contra Costa Times, talked with Frank Harrell of the San Francisco Police Department, and found out these details.
SB Nation Bay Area will try to get more details to you as they trickle out; stay tuned to this storystream for further updates. To talk with 49ers fans, go to Niners Nation. To talk with Raiders fans, go to Silver & Black Pride.
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