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Eric Winston rips Chiefs fans for cheering Matt Cassel’s injury

Fans expressed their unhappiness with Matt Cassel, even after he was injured. (Colin E. Braley / AP)

Good for Eric Winston.

The Kansas City Chiefs tackle stood up for quarterback Matt Cassel, who was cheered by Arrowhead Stadium fans when he was injured in the Chiefs’ 9-6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Cassel, as he has all season, was struggling Sunday and suffered a concussion late in the game.

“We are athletes, okay? We are athletes. We are not gladiators. This is not the Roman Coliseum,” Winston said (via Arrowhead Pride, which has all of Winston’s comments). “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 economic times, and they still pay the money to do this.

Matt Cassel suffered a concussion Sunday. (Colin E. Braley / AP)

“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 okay, 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.”

Winston said he spoke with Cassel after the game but wouldn’t divulge how Cassel was feeling or anything else about the conversation. Winston took some blowback from fans, who tweeted that they were cheering the entrance of Brady Quinn and not the exit of Cassel.




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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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