When NaVorro Bowman was carted off with a torn ACL, NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal tweeted that "Seahawks fans threw food at "Bowman". That sounded very, very bad, especially for a fan base that loves to self-proclaim itself the best in football. But here's the footage, and it's...probably just one jerk?
The above GIF shows a sprinkle of popcorn. For all we know, it could have been accidentally spilled by fans jostling at the edge of the tunnel. Still, these things can take on lives of their own—ask fans in San Francisco or Philly about the few ruining it for the many.
Richard Sherman addressed the micro-incident in his column for The MMQB:
One thing I can't accept is what I read after the game about Seahawks fans throwing food at 49ers linebacker Navorro Bowman as he was being carted off the field with his knee injury. If it's true, it's beyond terrible. That's as low as it gets. I'm sure whoever did this is in a small minority of fans, because I don't think that kind of action is an accurate representation of the character of the 12th man. Navorro Bowman is a great player who plays the game the right way. When he went down, I dropped to a knee and prayed for him. He deserves better than having food thrown at him as he's carted off a field. All players deserve better than that.
Don't throw crap at players. Done? Done. Now let's talk about how sad Bowman looks here.