Kansas City Chiefs Fans Cheered When Their Team’s Quarterback Got Knocked Out Of A Game Yesterday
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassell has been pretty bad during the 2012-13 NFL season. And, his struggles continued yesterday afternoon when Cassel turned the ball over three times in a 9-6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. One of those turnovers was a fumble on the one-yard line that cost the Chiefs a touchdown and likely foiled their plans of pulling off an upset against one of the best teams in the NFL. But, did Cassel really deserve to be booed by his hometown fans in the fourth quarter yesterday after he got knocked out of the game with a concussion? Did he really deserve to be jeered as he was literally at his lowest? Did he really deserve to be kicked while he was down?
No. What the Chiefs faithful did yesterday was despicable. As Cassel laid on the ground motionless for several minutes, they actually cheered. Thousands and thousands of fans did it. And, it was embarrassing. It was embarrassing for Cassel. It was embarrassing for the rest of the Chiefs. Hell, you could go as far as to say that it was embarrassing for all of Kansas City. Is that really what they stand for there?
“When you cheer somebody getting knocked out…it’s sickening,” Chiefs offensive lineman Eric Winston said after the game. “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 now.”
And, he didn’t stop there. “Boo him all you want,” he said. “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.”
Some have argued that paying fans can say and do whatever they please in regards to their team. But, I have to agree with Winston here. Booing a guy while he’s out cold is just, well, cold. No matter how bad he’s been doing for your team.