San Francisco 49ers legend Joe Montana and the team’s current long snapper Brian Jennings have been deposed in a lawsuit against the football club, the NFL and a security company that services the Candlestick Park parking lot.
A man that was beaten unconscious and his friend that was shot four times in an effort to help his friend at the Raiders-49ers preseason game last summer have filed suit, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
The litigation was filed in November, according to the report, and accuses the defendants of negligence and breach of contract for failing to host a safe event on Aug. 20, 2011.
According to the report, Montana said in an interview on ESPN that former 49ers coach Bill Walsh would tell his players to keep their families at home when they played the Raiders.’
“It just wasn't that safe to be around,” Montana said.
After the incident, Jennings told the San Francisco Chronicle it is “against Jennings family policy” to attend Raiders games.
Daniel Long and Gabriel Navarrette filed suit in San Francisco Superior Court. After the game last summer, 49ers owner Jed York requested that the league no longer schedule his team vs. the Raiders in preseason.
Predictably, no one is commenting on the litigation.
“The San Francisco 49ers are committed to providing a safe game day environment for all fans. That commitment has led to the highest security level rating given by the NFL. We cannot comment on the specifics of this case as litigation is ongoing," the club said.
Navarrette was beaten unconscious in the parking lot and Long was then shot four times, according to the report. They seek unspecified damages.
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