Kansas City Chiefs fans cheered when Matt Cassel was knocked out of today's game vs. the Baltimore Ravens. He was hit by Haloti Ngata in the fourth quarter and the Chiefs had already committed four turnovers. One of Cassel's teammates was rather disgusted with the way the fans handled themselves. Check what Chiefs OL Eric Winston told reporters after the game:
"We are athletes. We’re not gladiators. This isn’t the Roman Coliseum. People pay their hard earned money to come in here and I believe they can boo, they can cheer, they can do whatever they want. . . But when you cheer somebody getting knocked out, and I don’t care who it is, and it just so happened to be Matt Cassel, it’s sickening. It’s 100% sickening. I’ve never, ever–I’ve been in some rough times on some rough teams–I’ve never been more embarrassed in my life to play football than in that moment right there. I get emotional about it because these guys work their butts off. Matt Cassel hasn’t done anything to you people, hasn’t done anything to you people. Hasn’t done anything to the media writers that kill him, hasn’t done anything wrong to the people that come out here and cheer him. Hey, if he’s not the best quarterback, he’s not the best quarterback, and that’s okay. But he’s a person, and he got knocked out in a game, and we’ve got 70,000 people out here cheering that he got knocked out."
Before the game, a plane flew over Arrowhead Stadium with a banner asking for GM Scott Pioli to step down and for Cassel to be benched. Regardless if the fans like Cassel or not, cheering an injury is lowlife shit. It's not even kosher to cheer an injury to a player on the opposing team. Winston is absolutely right and we're glad he came out and stood up for his teammate.
Listen to the full audio here.
[via The Big Lead]