Barbaric Chiefs fans enthusiastically applauded yesterday when embattled quarterback Matt Cassel was concussed in the fourth quarter of a 9-6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.
The Chiefs are 1-4 after five games and the 30-year-old Cassel, a 2010 Pro Bowl selection who the New England Patriots took out of the University of Southern California in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft, has struggled and only thrown five touchdowns, in contrast to nine picks, for 1,150 yards.
Nevertheless, regardless of the substandard play of the 6-foot-5, 230 pound Cassel, a two-time AFC Offensive Player of the Week in 2008 who has tossed 81 scores, in comparison to 54 interceptions, for 12,849 yards in his career, all of Kanas City should be ashamed of their subhuman behavior.
“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,” said Winston, 28, who the Houston Texans took out of the University of Miami with the 66th pick in the 2006 NFL Draft.
“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.”
The 6-foot-7, 317 pound Winston continued harshly criticizing Kansas City’s lowlife supporters.
“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. 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.”
As Eric Winston perfectly stated, “Matt Cassel hasn’t done anything to you people.”
Supporters of the Kansas City Chiefs are flatly “sickening” and “I want every fan to know it.”by