Posted October 07, 2012

Eric Winston rips Chiefs fans for cheering Matt Cassel injury

Kansas City Chiefs

Matt Cassel left the game against the Ravens with a head injury. (Dave Kaup/Reuters)

Matt Cassel has been a lightning rod for criticism during Kansas City’s disappointing 1-4 start to the season. But Chiefs offensive lineman Eric Winston put his foot down after the home fans cheered Sunday when Cassel suffered an injury in the fourth quarter.

Cassel was hit hard by Baltimore’s Haloti Ngata and Pernell McPhee and stayed down on the field while trainers attended to him. Chiefs fans cheered the development as backup Brady Quinn warmed up.

Winston waited for members of the media to gather by his locker after the game, then told them: “If this isn’t posted in the paper or run on your (website), this is the last time you’re going to talk to me.”

He followed that warning with some stern words for the Kansas City fans. You can read the transcript below, and [si_launchNFLPopup video='23de22dca73a496a9cba9c96ed296470']watch the video here[/si_launchNFLPopup].

“We are athletes. We are not gladiators. This isn’t the Roman Coliseum. People pay their hard-earned money to come in here. I believe they can boo, they can cheer, they can do whatever they want … we’re lucky to play this game. It’s hard economic times, and they still pay the money to go to these.

“There are long-lasting ramifications to the game we play … I’ve come to the understanding I won’t live as long because I play this game. That’s OK.

“But when you cheer somebody getting knocked out, I don’t care who it is, and just so happened to be Matt Cassel, it’s 100 percent sickening. I’ve been in some rough times on some rough teams, I’ve never been so embarrassed in my life to play football, than at that moment right there.

“But when you cheer somebody getting knocked out, I don’t care who it is, and just so happened to be Matt Cassel, it’s 100 percent sickening. I’ve been in some rough times on some rough teams, I’ve never been so embarrassed in my life to play football, than at 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 the media writers who kill him, hasn’t done anything wrong to the people who come out here and cheer him. If he’s not the best quarterback, 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 got 70,000 people cheering. 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’ve got to protect him more … but if you’re one of those people who were out there cheering, or even smiled, when he got knocked out, I just want everyone to know it’s sickening and disgusting.

“Don’t blame a guy and don’t cheer for a guy (when injured) who has done everything in his power to play as good as he can for the fans. It’s sickening. I want every fan to know it. We have a lot of problems as a society if people think that’s okay.”

Quinn finished out the game for Kansas City, while Cassel headed to the locker room for further evaluation. The Chiefs play at Tampa Bay next week, then have a bye in Week 7. Their next home game will be on Oct. 28 against Oakland.

8 comments
MarkH
MarkH

DREW D YOU ARE RIGHT YOU'VE ALWAYS BEEN RIGHT YOUR THE SMARTEST FAN EVER..                                   NOT C'MON MAN YOUR A DUMB ASS OR ATLEAST A CASE OF HEAD UP ASS  SYNDROME

Mark Erhart
Mark Erhart

Drew D ... no YOU are the delusional one.  I was at the game....there were a few drunks that cheered when Cassel went down.  Most were cheering still (while he was on the ground) because of the completed pass.  Cheers immediately after that were for Quinn warming up. We are tired of a QB that has a rating less than Forrest Gump's IQ.  The biggest cheers came when Cassel stood up.   70,000 fans were NOT cheering for Cassel being hurt. 

 

Unless you were there, I recommend you S T F U.

DrewD
DrewD

Finn and MarkH are possibly the most delusional idiots I've ever ran across on the internet. You virgins need to get out of moms basement for awhile, get some sun, and start thinking a little more clearly.

Finn
Finn

Winston is delusional if he thinks there were 70k people in the first quarter, let alone the fourth. And fans weren't cheering the injury, they were cheering Brady Quinn warming up. They would have done the same thing if Lovie had just sat Cassel's ass down. Chiefs would be better off with 51-year-old Todd Blackledge running the offense at this point.

MarkH
MarkH

i dont  think people were really clapping that Matt was hurt but the fact that Quinn was gonna get a chance and the fans thought atleast they had a chance to possibly win with Matt out of the game  BECAUSE  FACE IT HE'S NOT GETTING THE JOB DONE EVEN ROMEO DOESN'T HAVE ANY CONFIDENCE IN HIS PERFORMANCE THATS WHY AT THE END OF THE FIRST HALF HE WOULDN'T LET HIM THROW THE BALL .IF WE WANT TO BLAME ANYONE FOR THIS MR PIOLLI IS TO BLAME HIS ARROGANCE HAS GOT IN THE WAY OF WHATS BEST FOR THE TEAM AND EVERYONE KNOWS IT  SO WHEN MATT GOT HURT ITS MORE OF A WAY OF THE FANS TO EXPRESS THEMSELF'S   THAT MATT NEEDED TO BE PULLED AND PIOLLI WOULDN'T DO IT

KarenLamm
KarenLamm

I will agree with you 100% anyone that cheered when Matt Cassel got injured takes the GAME way to seriously, That's not cool. But let's get to the root of the fans frustration it's appearant the head coach will not pull the starting quarterback no matter how ineffective he is. Also you claim when it's 3rd & 7 you will run the the ball Horse**** do you believe that's the reason the Bronco's spent all that money on Payton Manning is because when it's 3rd & 7 they will run the ball no I didn't think so. But Kansas City will because apperantly the coaching staff is afraid to let their quarterback throw for fear of a turnover.

Mile High Colt
Mile High Colt

 @KarenLamm While I agree with you Karen, apparently the Broncos would rather run on 3rd and 3 or 3rd and 4 and get stuffed instead of letting Peyton throw the freaking ball.  Idiots.