Texans fans cheer when Matt Schaub suffers ankle injury

October 14, 2013

Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub clutches his leg after being sacked Sunday. (Patric Schneider AP Photo)

Houston Texans fans are impatient and they’re angry and the focus of their ire is on quarterback Matt Schaub.

But that’s no excuse for what happened Sunday at Reliant Stadium, during the Texans’ 38-13 loss to the St. Louis Rams. When Schaub went down with an ankle injury, fans of the team he plays for cheered.

“It’s wrong. It’s wrong. At the same time, I really don’t want to talk about it, but I completely do not agree with it,” linebacker Brian Cushing said (via ESPN). “This is a guy who gives everything he has to the game of football, to the city and does way more outside this stadium that people seem to forget about. He’s a great teammate, a great person.

“When people react like that, it’s barbaric.”

Schaub has, to put it charitably, struggled this season. He threw a pick-six in four straight games and the Texans have fallen to 2-4 and a Houston restaurant said it was only joking when it offered a “Matt Schaub Pick Six Special.” Last week, he contacted NFL security when fans were taking photos outside his home.

“That is just tasteless and tactless,” Foster said (via the Houston Chronicle). “I was extremely heated at that. The fans can get emotional. That is just not how I was brought up. That is just tasteless and tactless. I was extremely heated at that. The fans can get emotional. That is just not how I was brought up. That is not the kind of man I am. I don’t care how you feel about a man. You don’t kick him when he is down.”

T.J. Yates came in and threw a pick-six. Then, to cap things off, Vince Young trolled the team for a job on Twitter.

Even the Rams noticed how bad it was.

“It’s bad when members of the other team are saying that’s messed up that [fans] would do something like that,” Andre Johnson said. “It just shows no class. It wasn’t all the fans. But those are the same people that you’re out somewhere with your family and you tell them they can’t have an autograph right now, those are the same people that tell you you’re rude.

“It shows what they’re all about. You don’t cheer about nobody being injured – I don’t care who it is.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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