Why Forever Faithful need to rally around each other, “The Forty Niner Way!”



Every NFL fan base has their bad apples and the San Francisco 49ers are no exception. Lately, the 49ers fan base has been receiving heat for the amount of violence that has transpired over the last couple of weeks. From the Arizona Cardinals-49ers melee in Arizona a few weeks ago to yesterday’s bathroom brawl just minutes into the game, the Forever Faithful must do a better job taking care of each other as we watch our beloved San Francisco 49ers.

[Related: Two fans attacked in bathroom at Levi’s Stadium during Chiefs Game]

After watching the YouTube video of the “bathroom brawl” I was shocked that more people didn’t step in to break up the fight. The victim was obviously not fighting back (critical condition), and it wasn’t until a late rally by the second victim that someone stepped in. I wasn’t there, but to see some fans just standing around waiting for something to happen blows my mind. At least go find help. There are plenty of security guards working the game and I’m sure at least one was within 150-200 feet from where the fight took place.

And although a fight like this generally only takes between 15-20 seconds before one goes down, that same amount of time it takes to find a security officer may have prevented this incident from taking place, especially if trash-talking took place before hand. I’m not saying to put yourself in harms way, but there are security guards there to ensure your safety, so might as well use them, right?

The 49ers released a statement saying:

“We would like to send our deepest concern and well wishes to the victims of yesterday’s incident. We were appalled to see the video of the attack on the victims and salute the Santa Clara Police Department on their quick response that resulted in the apprehension of the two suspects. Maintaining the safety of all stadium guests is our highest priority and we are dedicated to providing a friendly and welcoming environment for all events held at Levi’s Stadium.”

Let’s be honest, everyone has the RIGHT to attend a sporting event without the fear of bodily harm. Instead of violence toward each other, let’s embrace each other as ONE! Like 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh always says, “Unite, unite, unite!” The same approach should be used by the fans. So the next time you see a fellow Niner fan, let’s rally around them, take care of them, and most of all respect them, “THE FORTY NINER WAY!” Thank you!

Ryan is the Founder/CEO of NinerFans.com, 49ers Beat Writer, Live Game Day Correspondent for Bleacher Report and member of Pro Football Writers of America. Born and raised in San Jose, he also graduated from San Diego State University. His work has been featured on NFL Network, 95.7 The Game, National Football Post, Sports Illustrated, FanSided Network, ESPN Radio, CBS Sports 810, and NBC Bay Area News. For more information, please contact him via email at BEASTwriterNFL@gmail.com or call him at (408) 622-0996.