Chiefs OT Eric Winston not happy with fans

  • Justin "Arby" Arbogast

Eric Winston upset at Chiefs fans after loss (Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE)

After yet another loss for the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium, Chiefs fans have the right to be upset. Most of the fans are upset at quarterback Matt Cassel for how things have gone for the Chiefs thusfar.

So when Cassel went down with an injury today, the fans cheered. Something that is completely unacceptable, and Chiefs tackle Eric Winston is not happy with how the fans handled the situation.

Winston gathered with the media shortly after the loss and said that he was disgusted how the fans handled it, 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.”

Cassel has been booed before, most notably at a celebrity softball game in which the fans showed him no love, but to cheer at an injury of a human being is not right.

There has been no update on the extent of Cassel’s injury, but nonetheless, Chiefs fans should be ashamed of themselves.

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7 Responses to Chiefs OT Eric Winston not happy with fans

  • No one cheered because Matt Cassel got hurt, they cheered for a new quarterback comming in. stop the false attack on the fans Eric. you know you are just tryin to deflect the fact that you lost again with four more turnovers. and Romeo refused to let Matt pass the ball because it floats like a duck, sorry Eric 60 million dollar contract for Matt a back up QB
    time to move to a new QB. you owe the fan an appology.

    • The fans weren’t cheering for a new quarterback, they were cheering because Cassell was going out and they knew that injury wasn’t going to let him come back in. So in other words, they were cheering for Cassell getting hurt. Winston was airing his opinion and he doesn’t owe an apology to anyone because he’s right about everything he said. KC fans should be ashamed and to defend their behavior is just as bad as their actions.

    • “you owe the fan an appology.”

      Your implication is that KC has just one fan, it’s good that you have come to grips with that. And please, go back to middle school and learn some basic grammar, I lost two IQ points skimming your barely coherent musing.

    • Scott – you are one of the many examples of the sickening fan base that goes to or watches these games on TV. Stop kidding yourself that you and your fellow fans where cheering for the back-up QB to come in. Brady Quinn? Please, just stop with the BS. To cheer when anyone gets hurts just shows a complete lack of class.

  • Having been to a couple of Chief games I am truly amazed at the lack of class the fans had yesterday. This is appalling and inexcusable. I thought what the Braves fans did Friday was bad unloading several thousand beer cans on the field, but that is classy compared to cheering because a player got hurt serious enough to where he could not finish the game. Stay Classy Kansas City, free agents will take notice of this when KC offers them a chance to play there.

  • Any sports writers trying to get the fans POV heard from the Chiefs Game? Only one side of the story is being showed and portraying a great organization that Lamar Hunt built up, as well as, a great fan base. This was from a buddy of mine, more so than that he is a die hard chiefs fan that has had season tickets in the same seats for years. The email from him goes:

    “I was at the game, and can tell you EXACTLY what took place since Winston decided to deflect the team’s poor play by lashing out at us the fans (the ONLY ones who count IMO) to the media.

    Lets start with this: He said something very telling in his interview, and its this; ” If you do not print this and cover this on your shows, this will be the last time I do an interview with you.” Must be nice to demand to be heard eh? Must be awesome to have people flock to hear what your opinion is on a subject. Well Eric, we as fans do not get that option. We have to make signs and HOPE they are seen on TV, or as some fans did RENT A PLANE to fly a banner asking for the firing of Scott Pioli and the benching of Matt Cassel. Even then, we are subjected to the product WE PAY TO SEE be constantly decided by ego’s instead of whats best for the TEAM. So our only other option as fans, is to come out and either support or denounce with either cheers or boos. We BOO’ed Cassel….we have been putting up with his brand of suck for years and we know where it stems from. We know its our #1 issue, and so does the front office. We booed him because he had about as many completions in the game by half time as he had interceptions. We booed him because we need to pressure this franchise to step up and make a change….and it seems we are the only ones who care enough to do so. We cheered LOUDLY for the defense. We cheered LOUDLY whenever other players made a play. I mean…the head coach doesn’t trust him! He made a game plan that was pathetic…run run run, and punt. No play action. No go routes. Just run.

    Most importantly, NO ONE cheered Matt Cassel getting hurt. We cheered for the first DOWN!!! He actually threw a pass that got a first down…last time I checked, that is when you cheer. We then went on to being rather loud discussing what was wrong…who hit whom, who was laying down. We clapped for Cassel when he stood up. We cheered the LOUDEST when Brady Quinn came into the game. We cheered loudly because even though Brady Quinn may suck…he’s a DIFFERENT suck than the suck we’ve had for the past 4 years.

    I don’t care what Eric Winston thinks. He’s new to KC, and he hasn’t suffered through 20 years of not a single playoff win. He doesn’t spend his hard earned money to come out and live and die with the Kansas City Chiefs. WE DO. I also don’t care if once again the media depicts us as the new Philly…if anyone paid any attention to what it takes to get our fur up, you’d know we were MORE than just in our response.”

    Watch and listen… Even the announcer states that they are cheering for Quinn coming onto the field. Not that Quinn is the answer… Maybe geno smith.

  • As a Patriots Fan, I miss Matt Cassell and was sad to see him go. He stepped up when Brady was hurt and still brought the Pats to the playoffs. In 2010, Cassel led the Chiefs to their first division title in seven years, I guess he couldn’t have “sucked” for the few years he’s been with the Chiefs. You are just fair-weathered fans. It’s not all Cassell’s fault, it’s trying to execute the lame-ass plays that are being sent in from the coaching staff. Not to mention the offensive line not protecting him and giving him the time to try to make a decent play. All players have their bad years too, look at Sanchez, Romo, etc….Perhaps the whole Chiefs squad should come up with new plays than those predictable ones they’ve been running and the defenses won’t know how to play against them. I wish Matt Cassell a speedy recovery and know that I am still a fan of his. He is a decent, hard working human being. Let’s also not forget about his involvement with the high school team that was devastated by the tornado.

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