By Steve Corkran
Sunday, August 21st, 2011 at 4:20 pm in Oakland Raiders.
A Bay Area News Group story cited an unnamed source as saying at least some of the violence at Saturday night’s Raiders-49ers game was gang related.
During the game, one fan was “savagely” beaten in a men’s restroom and suffered life-threatening injuries. Two other fans were shot in the parking lot after the game. One suffered superficial facial injuries, the other suffered life-threatening injuries after he was shot in the stomach at least two times, according to S.F.P.D. Sgt. Frank Harrell.
San Francisco mayor Ed Lee and Oakland mayor Jean Quan attended the game and had a friendly wager on the outcome of a game won by the 49ers. The mayors issued a joint statement Sunday that condemned the violence.
“Violence will not be tolerated in either of our stadiums,” the mayors said in the statement. “The incidents at Candlestick Park last night … 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.”
Raiders CEO Amy Trask implored people not to be so quick to judge Raiders fans.
“The overwhelming majority of Raiders fans — just like the overwhelming majority of fans of all teams — are terrific people and terrific fans,” she said. “Every team – in every sport – has a handful of followers that do not behave in an acceptable manner – and to stereotype fans of any one team is unfair — and we should all know better than to do this.”
Forty Niners coach Jim Harbaugh addressed the issue in a conference call Sunday afternoon.
“I feel bad for the people who got injured and people that had to see that, those in the stands and anybody that had to witness that,” Harbaugh said. “I feel bad we sponsor an event as an organization and those things happened, so I’m saddened.”