First it was radio hosts ranting against the Chiefs, now it's the Chiefs having a go at their own fans. Chiefs QB Matt Cassel was injured in the 4th quarter of Kansas City's 9-6 home loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Cassel left with a head injury after another a rough day at the office, throwing for just 92 yards and 2 INTs. As Cassel remained on the ground after a hit from Haloti Ngata (video of the play), some Kansas City fans began to cheer, and let out another ovation once backup Brady Quinn entered the game.
Chiefs tackle Eric Winston heard those cheers while Cassel was injured and made a point to send a clear message to those fans after the game. To call the below audio a "rant" would do it a disservice, because Winston's impassioned statement makes all the sense in the world. Matt Cassel and the Chiefs may be one of the worst teams in the league, but there's no excuse for any fan to cheer an injury, especially a head injury. Winston rightfully calls the behavior sickening and disgusting and says he and his teammates are athletes, not Roman gladiators. In an age where player safety is always at the forefront of the league's conscious, it's a stand that should be applauded.
(audio via 610 Sports)
Congrats to Eric Winston, for calling out the fans. It is absolutely disgusting for any fan of the game of football, the game itself not just a particular team to cheer when a player gets hurt. I am not a Chiefs fan but Mr. Winston just became one of my favorite players.
Cheering an injury....the Fans in Kansas City, or anywhere is just plain wrong...the players teammates dont like to see it...more so the players family.....have to be grief stricken and shocked by the cheering when the QB went down.......
I think that it reminded me of Rome when the crowd got into watching people being murdered. Kansas City shame on you!, I,ve been all over the world and seen much suffering, Its a Game people!
This is a modern day gladiators sport,like nascar,people come to see carnage,the general public wana see ppl hurt,hard hits and horrific crashes,once that stops noone will watch.
I totally agree with the player who said these fans are disgusting for cheering about a man's inurry. Honestly that kind of behavior is best left to 2 year olds, at least they have an excuse of not knowing better.
those pics weren't Cassel's fault. the fumble at the goal line was, but that play call was also to blame. Dwayne Bowe should be the one getting the majority of the heat. First round pick with some hype...balls go through his hands off his pads every week and dumbass fans think it's Cassel's fault. I'm not a huge Cassel fan, but it is what it is.
@Stephen__Nelson he was better keeping his mouth shut. Just my opinion. It never works out when you blast the #Fans
@Stephen__Nelson Chief fans were cheering because that play hopefully ended the cassel and pioli era. These guys are losers we deserve more
@greshandzo @scottzolak RT @awfulannouncing Eric Winston defending Matt Cassel yesterday, it's must listen. http://t.co/uWEqHf9o
@awfulannouncing blah blah blah, the booing was wrong, but if you don't wanna get hurt, don't play, no one forcing you to.Fb is viokent
@SportsnWhatnot @ericwinston this is what happens when we have major sponsorship of Budweiser and Miller Lite.The abuse of alcohol at games.
@KarenEggers He called out 70,000 fans as if they all cheered. Chiefs fans, for the most part, are the best and most loyal in the NFL. He should be calling out the O-Line for not protecting Matt adequately, and not try to shift the focus to the great fans..
@Greeze21 in that situation it's about more than a personnel change–it's a guy's health. If a fan can't separate the two, that's an issue.
@AdamNasello @awfulannouncing he never said he didn't want to get hurt. Football players always get hurt. Not all fans cheer though.
@DannyB04 you lack reading comprehension is astounding, moron. I said the booing was wrong.comment was about the articles crying abt injurie
@BobbyKind @Greeze21 At the expense of a Chiefs player being knocked out? That's just plain idiotic. Further proof Chiefs fans are morons.
@Stephen__Nelson You think chief fans cheered because a mans life could have long term issues? Or because we were getting a new QB in?
@Greeze21 so you see nothing wrong about being happy when a person suffers an injury that could have major short/long-term effects?
@AdamNasello What you just said to me was one of the most pathetic attempts at creating an English sentence. Get back to the classroom.