Kansas City offensive lineman, Eric Winston, blasted Chiefs fans on Sunday following the team's 9-6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
Winston’s main gripe was to fans that were cheering the injury to quarterback Matt Cassel after he suffered a concussion late in the game.
Winston stated, “When you cheer somebody getting knocked out, I don’t care who it is, it’s sickening. It’s 100 percent sickening. I’ve never ever, and 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.”
Winston went on to say that 70,000 fans were booing the injury to Cassel. Winston half heartedly retracted his rant/statement on Monday saying “70,000 or 700 fans shouldn’t be booing an injury.”
Maybe a few drunken fans were booing the injury to Cassel. He has had a rough year. He has been a turnover machine in five games. Cassel also had four turnovers against the Ravens on Sunday, despite the coaching staff trying desperately to keep him from having to throw the ball.
Why Romeo Crennel and Scott Pioli have continued to keep him as the starter, must be because of his starting contract alone.
The cheers that Winston heard were from the fourth quarter fans being excited that Brady Quinn was finally getting a chance to play. Quinn was out on the field before the injured and woozy Cassel could get off.
The offense immediately looked like they had just been injected with Red Bull. Steps had spring again, receivers appeared alert, and Jamaal Charles breathed a sigh of relief knowing he could get a rest for a moment of two. The Chiefs had run the ball 50 times to help keep Cassel from making another turnover.
Fans perked up and were cheering and excited. Quinn was crisp and threw a touchdown pass to Dwayne Bowe that would have giving the team the lead.
The fans went wild! However it was pulled of the board due to a penalty. The fans booed! The Chiefs went on to lose the game.
Winston made some great points in his after game rant. Yes football players aren’t gladiators, and yes this game leaves players with concussion problems and fans should respect when a player gets injured by not booing, no one disagrees with that.
But Winston was wrong slamming all the fans. He misunderstood the cheering. In the 50th anniversary of the franchise, Chiefs fans have had zero to cheer for this season. Quinn was the reason for the excitement.
Winston is a media money maker. He talks to the press after losses, he talks when in its not going well. He never hides and has plenty to say. Winston probably has a career in broadcasting someday, and enjoys hearing him self speak and does it well.
If anything Winston’s rant helped the general manager that brought him from Houston to Kansas City just last spring.
GM Scott Pioli will appreciate the heat that Winston redirected from him.
He aimed the heat towards the fans that pay their hard earned money to support this losing franchise.