Posted October 15, 2013

Texans teammates furious about home crowd cheering Matt Schaub’s injury

Houston Texans, St. Louis Rams
Matt Schaub was injured in the fourth quarter of Houston's loss to the St. Louis Rams.

Matt Schaub was injured in the fourth quarter of Houston’s loss to the St. Louis Rams. (Patric Schneider/AP)

Football is an emotional game, and fans certainly have every right to be outraged over subpar play from their teams. The emotional and visceral release provided by the game is one of the reasons so many people watch it. However, like everything else, there is a line, and when you’re hacked off at your team, that line starts right about the point where you’re cheering for the injury suffered by your starting quarterback. Some Texans fans crossed that line at Reliant Stadium on Sunday when Matt Schaub went down with a lower leg injury with 3:54 left in the third quarter of Houston’s 38-13 loss to the St. Louis Rams. After the game, Schaub’s teammates were, shall we say, not impressed by the lunatic fringe.

“It’s disgusting,” left tackle Duane Brown said. “I don’t want to address them first; I want to address the fans that were there until the end cheering us on into the tunnel. We appreciate you loyal fans and the fans that stick by us. For the fans that cheered when he got hurt, that’s disgusting. You can feel how you want about him as a player, but this is his livelihood and how he provides for his family. When a man goes down and he is not able to get up, you don’t know what is wrong with him at that point; that could be the last play of his career and for you to applaud at that … I have no words for that. Shout out to the fans that stick by us; we really appreciate y’all.”

It wouldn’t be the first time someone in Houston took Schaub’s recent on-field failures far too seriously — one individual pulled into the driveway of the Schaub home last Tuesday and yelled obscenities from his car. This was done after Schaub set an NFL record with his fourth straight game with a pick-six, but most reasonable people would agree that there’s no excuse for taking things this far.

“That is just tactless and tasteless,” said running back Arian Foster. “I was extremely heated at that. They have to go home and look at themselves in the mirror and if they were born to hurt a man, that’s fine. They can do what they do. The fans can get emotional. That is just not how I was brought up. That is not the kind of man I am. I’ve got to go home and raise a daughter, and teach her right from wrong. That is just not something you do. I don’t care how you feel about a man. You don’t kick him when he is down.”

The Texans have lost four straight games. Head coach Gary Kubiak is under fire, and Wade Phillips’ defense looked unusually porous against a Rams offense that generally struggles to score. Of course, backup quarterback T.J. Yates, who replaced Schaub, helped out by throwing an interception to Rams linebacker Alec Ogltree — which Ogletree returned 98 yards for a touchdown with 50 seconds left in the third quarter.

Still, the venom directed at Schaub seemed to put things in perspective for a lot of unhappy Texans players.

“Yeah, that is disrespectful,” Yates concluded. “The guy is laying there on the ground holding his ankle, and the fans are cheering. For all that guy has done for this city and this team, for the fans to be booing him when he is hurt on the ground, [that's] straight-up disrespectful.”

And that’s the bigger picture right there. Matt Schaub may be a hot mess as a quarterback right now, but he’s still a human being, and a decent one by most accounts. It would do a few people in Houston good to keep that in mind.

76 comments
MoisesAlmaguer
MoisesAlmaguer

Matt Schaub had a string of bad luck ending with his injury. But when your down there's nowhere to go but up. He is a good qb, last years stats do the talking and when he comes back he's going to make those untrue Texans fans choke on their boo's, where is your Texans pride anyway Houston? Win or lose you always have your teams back. So get well quick Matt, and good luck to Case on SNF!

Mary11
Mary11

BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW HOW MUCH SCHAUB CARES ABOUT HIS FAN BASE.....PAY ME A FEW MILLION AND I'LL LET ANYBODY CHEER AT MY ANKLE INJURY.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

There is NEVER an excuse to cheer an injury. For any reason. At any time. 

AshtonDimmick
AshtonDimmick

This is hillarious, I still remember chief fans chearing when Cassel got a concussion, philidelphia chearing when andy Reid got fired....yall dont know anything about houston or its fans. We are tired pf sub par qbs reckless management, and losing teams. We pay for our tickets just like every other fan and we expect results. Now I dont condone any of this behavior but you cant judge all fans because of one pshyco or a group of jackrabbits at a game...get of your high horses everyone because if youve ever booed your team you are no better

playemball
playemball

Texan fans showed a lot of class yesterday!  For the true fans..you should be getting on them yourselves!  Maybe it's time for the players to start wearing bags on their heads for you!

Goldlw2
Goldlw2

Did anyone stop and think that maybe they were actually  cheering the fact that someone other than Shaub was playing? Didn't yates actually have their only playoff win?

beast
beast

Classless fans in Texas! 

bobcamp1
bobcamp1

No class in Houston.  At least karma is still around.  Yates immediately threw a 98-yard pick six.  

redman71
redman71

Idiots.  Why do these fans feel such a sense of entitlement? They never won anything with the Oilers, and now with the Texans. Careful what you wish for. 

RicoK
RicoK

Shaub is a sub par quarterback.  The Texans are putting out a sub par product.  For the money shaub is getting he should grow a pair and realize its just a game and not take it seriously.   With that said, it is time for Shaub to get out of Houston.  We will all be better off.

JulesG
JulesG

It's crazy that people truly believe that pro players deserve any treatment someone dishes out as a so called "fan" because of their salary. That sounds like a form of slavery to me. I can spit on you because you make millions, but, I am happy with paying to see you perform as long as you appease me. Man, this is what is wrong with the FANS in pro sports, that b.s. entitlement crap. They loved Schaub when he was winning, they want to see him dead because he is losing. At the end of the day, it's just a game, none of that other crap about fans being emotional matters if you cannot separate real life from entertainment.

eg.salazar02
eg.salazar02

All I can say is GO TEXANS! Being drunk isn't an excuse to act like f*n hillbillies!! Fake as* fans this is the time we' re supposed to show our team support just like when they are winning!! Win or loose we are TEXANS❤️

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

Houston.....the new ghetto white trash Philly

acannedham
acannedham

Fans have a "right" to be "outraged" over sub-par play by their team?  

Anyone emotionally immature enough to be outraged over the quality of a football game really needs to grow up.

EdwardL
EdwardL

Scrolled through the posts for a few laughs and saw the serious defense of fans cheering his injury.  First, not sure if that's true and to what scale (there are always drunk idiots that would do crap like that at any game).  If it is, the posters below using his high salary or the thugery of the NFL or whatever else as a defense/excuse prove my first point.  Classless behavior has no valid excuse on the field or in the stands.  Either you're a knuckle dragging mouth breather or your not.  Pretty easy concept.

DwightSproull
DwightSproull

Matt Schaub makes more in a year than most of those paying fans will make in a lifetime of hard work.  It's not like he was in danger of paralysis or something.  Get over it people.  

MikeKing
MikeKing

Sure glad they are furious about the fans and not the way they have been playing.  Huh, you mean if you would play better they would not do this?  Go figure...

Pretty funny Brown talking about his livelihood with a guy making 15 million per year that people making 50K per year really is not concerned how he, his kids and his grand children are going to spend all that money.  So out of touch!

Fethdarman
Fethdarman

I remember the old Houston Oiler kicker that tried to commit suicide after a game by hanging himself, but he couldn't kick the chair away.

Fethdarman
Fethdarman

Disrespectful,??  27 NFL Players Who Have Been Arrested Since The 2013 Super Bowl. 


JacobJones
JacobJones

Deflect, deflect, deflect.. I don't wanna talk about how we and I suck, so let's grab this toehold, the fans, who have every right to be fed up with this dog and pony show.. Weak..

tfaw
tfaw

this is a classic case of the pot calling the kettle black,  within the NFL, a high percentage of the players are drug taking thugs, a high percentage of the players show little respect or class on the field, and many of them get called on the field for doing wrong things.  in summary this is a violent and crazy game with high emotions.  so when i hear the players get all high and mighty about the proper way to behave as a fan, that is really funny.  

MDHokiefan
MDHokiefan

Does your mom know you're online?

Stew_ball
Stew_ball

@AshtonDimmick You're confusing one man's performance with the whole team. The man was injured, it might have ended his career. 

playemball
playemball

@AshtonDimmick There's a big difference of booing a team..and cheering when a player gets hurt..hello?

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

@Goldlw2 

A) Schaub was the QB last Jan when they beat the Bengals.

B) The audio in the embedded video disagrees with you. Fans cheered when he stayed down.

Facts

AshtonDimmick
AshtonDimmick

Entitlement?? Do you even know the meaning of that word because your using it wayyy out of context

RobRomero
RobRomero

@RicoK When you have angry fans showing up at your doorstep and taking snapshots of your family on their camera phones, there's no "don't take it seriously" option anymore.  The line has been crossed beyond the point of  "growing a thick skin and deal with it."   There's no doubt that Schaub and Kubiak's days are numbered but, for all the classless behavior exhibited, the Texans fans deserve to suffer a losing season.

RicoK
RicoK

no hard feelings shaub... just get out of our city.

BY
BY

@JulesG Jules, very well expressed. I could not agree with you more.

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

@JulesG I'm with you on everything except the "slavery" thing. These athletes aren't being forced to play ball. While the fans cheering for an injured player is ridiculous and just flat out ignorant, it should come as no surprise to anyone on the Texans roster that the fans are happy to see him on the sideline. Schaub will land a nice little 3rd string spot soon enough and then the fans will find someone else to put the blame on. 

DaveMurderer
DaveMurderer

@EdwardL This is football not golf. You are ignorant as hell if you think the typical football fan have a refined tastes or tact. You not agreeing with them doesn't make them drunk idiots or neanderthals though. Schaub deserved it. He had all the power to stop this from happening. If he had them winning this year, the place would have been dead silent when he went down. Regardless of if you approve or not they paid for the right to cheer what they want.

DwightSproull
DwightSproull

I watch a lot of MMA, and no one ever cheers a fighter's injury....Probably because, unlike the Texans, they actually put a fight before sustaining the injury.  The NFL is an entertainment product, and a very profitable one.  If the product is inferior, people have the right to express contempt and disgust.  The NFL wants its fans to be passionate...and to spend a lot of money, but doesn't want those fans to express their displeasure......sure, that works in the real world. 

danboz11
danboz11

@MikeKing Out of touch is wishing injury on someone and being happy about it because a game isn't going your way.  Then again I expect nothing less from Texas.

Kyle Spillman
Kyle Spillman

@Fethdarman jokes about suicide are completely disgusting, dont joke about something publicly like that, grow up

sfst
sfst

@Fethdarman Was Schaub one of those players arrested? NO, so why does that matter?

danboz11
danboz11

@tfaw Is Schaub one of those people?  Please use your two brain cells before posting.

RobRomero
RobRomero

@Voiceover310 @JulesG More like indentured servitude.  It's an "I pay your salary by buying tickets, so I own you" type of entitlement mentality.

BY
BY

@DwightSproull Dwight, it is better to be silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt. Do you really think these men don't endure tremendous pain to be an NFL player? How will your body react when a guy like JJ Watt runs into you at full speed?

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

@DwightSproull " but doesn't want those fans to express their displeasure......sure, that works in the real world."

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Better remember who is running the show. his kind don't want you to think for yourself or express anything as you'll be a racist or insensitive. Just do what your told, like the minorities 

DwightSproull
DwightSproull

Well if the fans are just drunken trash, they were in good company with the home team on Sunday then, because the product the Texans put out there was pure trash.  

DwightSproull
DwightSproull

@BY @DwightSproull   Lots of people in lots of occupations around the world endure tremendous amounts of pain, and most get paid very little to do so.  If J.J.Watt ran into me at full speed, it would mean I was a starting NFL qb, making in a few years what most people will never make in a lifetime, all while experiencing the attention of healthcare professionals at the top of their profession.  People watch football for the toughness and violence of it, not for the community service public relations stuff the players do in the offseason.