Eric Winston rips Chiefs fans for cheering Matt Cassel’s injury

Chiefs fans went to extreme measures on Sunday to voice their unhappiness with the team, and at least one player is calling them out for it.

Not only did a group of fans purchase an airplane to fly over Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday with an anti-Scott Pioli and anti-Matt Cassel message, but many fans in the stadium cheered when Cassel got hurt during the team’s 9-6 loss to the Ravens.

Cassel was hit hard by the Ravens on a fourth-quarter pass to Jamaal Charles. He appeared quite woozy and was rolling on the ground, and he was replaced by backup Brady Quinn after the play.

Chiefs offensive tackle Eric Winston went on a rant for the ages to call out Chiefs fans for the poor display.

Here’s what he said via Arrowhead Pride:

“We are athletes, OK? We are athletes. We are not gladiators. This is not the Roman Coliseum. People pay their hard-earned money when they come in here and I believe they can boo, they can cheer and they can do whatever they want, I believe that. We are lucky to play this game. People, it’s hard to economic times, and they still pay the money to do this.

“But when somebody gets hurt, there are long lasting ramifications to the game we play, long lasting ramifications to the game we play. I’ve already kinda come to the understanding that I won’t live as long because I play this game and that’s OK, that’s a choice I’ve made and a choice all of us have made.

“But when you cheer, when you cheer somebody getting knocked out, I don’t care who it is, and it just so happened to be Matt Cassel — it’s sickening. It’s 100 percent sickening. 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, they 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 then he’s not the best quarterback and that’s OK. But he’s a person. And he got knocked out in a game and we have 70,000 people cheering that he got knocked out?

“Boo him all you want. Boo me all you want. Throw me under the bus. Tell me I’m doing a bad job. Say I gotta protect him more. Do whatever you want. Say whatever you want. But if you are one of those people, one of those people that were out there cheering or even smiled when he got knocked out, I just want to let you know, and I want everybody to know that I think it’s sickening and disgusting. We are not gladiators and this is not the Roman Coliseum. This is a game.

“I’ll sit here and I’ll answer all your questions for the next 30 minutes if you want to ask them and I’ll take all the responsibility I can take because I deserve it but don’t blame a guy, and don’t cheer for a guy who has done everything in his power to play as good as he can for the fans.

“It’s sickening. And I was embarrassed. I want every single one of you people to put this on your station and in your newspapers because I want every fan to know that. This is a game that’s going to cost us a lot down the road. That’s OK. We picked it, we deserve it and I don’t want your pity. But we have a lot of problems as a society if people think that’s OK.”

I’m glad Winston said what he said and I really hope Chiefs fans heed his words. As fans, regardless of how upset we may be with our teams and players, we should never forget that they are people who are (usually) trying hard to please us. Arian Foster tried to remind us about that point last year, but it looks like thousands of Chiefs fans didn’t get the message.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/megan.schied Megan Schied

    yea it is eric. your right! however, its not personal. u havnt been here for the circus over the years. were not happy hes hurt. were hopeful hes done! guess u dont get paid enuff to block or keep ur mouth shut. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SAR6AQYN4RSGD2QPN5Q7EI6DQ4 Keith

    Wow, you are one sad son of a b**tch. 
    You can cheer if someone is fired, cheer if someone is benched, but an adult with half a brain, which appears to be half more than you have, does not cheer when anyone gets injured. A potentially career ending and life altering injury. 
    Whether you like their play or not they are trying to win. 
    Sad. You mother, if you have one, did a lousy job.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonathon.simon.3 Jonathon Simon

    who the hell are you to tell him to keep his mouth shut? why the hell should anyone listen to your retarded ass statement? he has alot more importance in this world than you ever will. so have fun being a fan but dont cheer somone whos hurt, thats just sad. total moron

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonathon.simon.3 Jonathon Simon

    i guarentee you would never say anything like that to their face. you feel almighty behind the keyboard dont u

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MMFWMVOWZQJFGON3XUK4VPW6TE Dawn

    I agree with Eric Winston.  I have supported Matt Cassel for years, but something happened to him when he left New England.  When he arrived in Kansas City, he had a really lousy offensive line.  A quarterback who has to run for his life, doesn’t have time to make his reads and throw to the best target. That has continued until this year.  Now you can say what you want, but there are still problems with that offensive line.  One of the biggest problems is Brandon Albert.  He doesn’t have the ability to play Left Tackle.  With his size, he should be playing Left Guard where he would  just block in one direction.  If you watch that sack today that took Cassel out of the game, the defender came right through Brandon Albert.  The other problem is  Cassel has had 4 different offensive coordinators in 4 years.  That is really too much to ask of anyone.  Get well soon Matt.

  • TonyinParkville

    Eric Winston went way too far with his comments.  Winston claims that 70,000 fans cheered when Cassel was hurt and on the ground. That’s pure cr@p! Since the paid attendance was 60,000+ fans, Winston was clearly accusing every fan there. For the minority of idiots that did cheer, that’s bush league.  But most Chiefs fans didn’t cheer until they saw Cassel sit up in a sign that he was under his own power again. That’s certainly the way it was in section 102.  The loudest applause came after Cassel was already off the field and Quinn came into the game. 

    Eric, if you’d block your freaking man, maybe your QB wouldn’t have gotten hurt. 

    Cassel seems like a nice guy–the kind of guy you’d like to have as your neighbor.  Humble, hard working, goes about his business, loyal. But he is what he is. He has the skill set of a back up QB. Nothing personal Matt, but you just don’t have what it takes to be a difference-maker as a starting QB in the NFL.  I hope you fully recover.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SZZLJJUOEZTGLOTIDN5XEILGBY Will

    Dear Mr. Winston,  It’s a shame you feel the way you do and if you were half as intelligent as you say you are, you would understand that the fans were not cheering for Cassel’s injury.  They were cheering to vent frustration at the many years of very poor quarterbacks in KC. Joe Montana was the best and he was already washed up.  I am sick of the Patriot castoffs from top to bottom.  The supposedly football smart GM should get us a quarterback that can lead us to the playoffs and beyond.  Anybody should know a 3rd string QB from USC is not that man! I have been a Chiefs fan since 1963 when they arrived in KC.  I was at the game when Grbac was injured and cheered.  Just play the game with passion and the fans will do their part!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GXDKVZAZAODGGMTQQQGR65PVCI Richard Schultz

    If it was not for the fans,,You would not be paid. Plain and simple.  If you think that Gladiators are not athletes…or that football payers are not gladiators..you need to re-think your life choices..and get a life..The fans want this..if they dont like their home team players,,they paid that right to say so. in ticket sales and in most states,,added taxes for the new stadiums that was implied…For the amount of money we pay to see you sissy ass galdiators play,,There should be some heads ripped off..would also be better if you throw a few lions in as tackles,,.Real lions…I want football to go back to what it was…real men played and the pussy’s stayed home..Go be a homemaker,,pussy

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GXDKVZAZAODGGMTQQQGR65PVCI Richard Schultz

    Im 6’5,,,280lbs,,Ill say it to their face,,Be a football player,,which in turn of our times,,is a gladiator…Stop being a pussy..send them on over..