Some Saints Fans Describe Hostile Atmosphere At 49ers Playoff Game

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – A New Orleans Saints fan is offering a contrasting view to what’s been described by just about all accounts as a great game at Candlestick Park on Saturday, asserting that he and his daughters were harassed and threatened by San Francisco 49ers fans the entire game.

The Saints fan asked us not to use his name out of fear for his family’s safety. He said that he has lived in the Bay Area for 25 years, and his two teenage daughters were excited about going to Saturday’s game decked out in their Saints jerseys.

“We got into the parking lot and just immediately started getting yelled at and cursed at, and people were getting in our faces,” he said. “At first it seemed kind of funny and amusing, but then they got closer and closer and more intense.”

KCBS’ Anna Duckworth Reports:

Once inside, he said Niners fans directed slurs laced with expletives toward him and his daughter and another couple who were Saints fans nearby, at one point threatening to kill them if they cheered for their team.

“It was just traumatizing for my daughters and for me, and even though it was a great game, it was just an unbelievably hostile and intimidating experience,” said the fan.

San Francisco police beefed up their presence at the game by 25 percent, and arrested 19 people on mostly alcohol-related misdemeanor charges during and after the game.

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  • Rena Segovia

    I hate hearing that. Everyone should be able to watch their teams in peace and enjoy the expierence.

  • DBE

    That’s unacceptable behaviour. Lots of stupid, uncivil and uncouth “fans” out there.. Where are the manners, people? It’s just a lousy game. Is it worth having a confrontation over? I think not.

  • Andrew Ziray

    Not happy to hear about how some of my fellow Niner fans acted. This happens at every stadium or arena where sports are played, some more than others. These drunken A-holes should be ashamed. You give the rest of us a bad name.

    • Jim

      It doesn’t happen at every stadium.That’s just a cop out to try and make your stupid city and stupid fans feel better about yourself. Maybe you should move to Philly where that kind of behavior is accepted and expected.

  • Walt Kelley

    I had a similiar experience. I am from New Orleans but lived in the Bay Area for 30 years and been a 49ers fan for all that time. After Katerina, it is impossible not to pull for New Orleans.

    In the parking lot the tailgator’s were abusing Saints fans. They swarmed the truck in front of me which only had a woman in Saints white and gold.
    She was stopped by the crowd from going down the aisle and security had to call the police.

    Since I was behind her, my SUV became a target.

    A steak was thrown on the windshiield and a drink on the wiindow. Lots of cursing often saying “F…. the Saints”

    Outside the entrance gate two Siaints fans with a flag were having a bag put over their heads by 49er fans. Throwback to the days of the Aints.

    I did take a few pictures.

  • NoFool

    Attention all sports fans:
    Contrary to the P.A. announcers statements before any event:
    1.) IT IS NOT “YOUR” TEAM ! It is owned by someone else
    2.) THEY DO NOT REPRESENT YOUR CITY ! They represent THEIR bank account.
    3.) IT IS JUST A GAME! The outcome does not effect anything but their future job prospects.
    If you are a sporting individual, then patronize a team that exeplifies a work ethic and winning character that is civil and restrained in both victory and defeat. Whose personel truely exeplify good character on and off the field.
    Otherwise you are just being a fool for the advertisers.
    Professional teams should address this more rather than the cosmetic window dressing of their charity and community service work.

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