When Kansas City Chiefs QB Matt Cassel was laying on the Arrowhead turf, barely moving following a nasty hit by Baltimore Ravens defensive lineman Haloti Ngata, you could here some fans applauding. With Cassel failing to get the job done this season, some felt the need to cheer an injury that would force a change at quarterback.
Offensive tackle Eric Winston was one of the first Chiefs players to attend to Cassel after the hit and he heard those cheers. To say Winston was unhappy with the Kansas City fans responsible is putting it mildly.
“There are long-lasting ramifications to the game we play … I’ve come to the understanding I won’t live as long because I play this game. That’s OK,” Winston told reporters in the locker room after the 9-6 loss.
“But when you cheer somebody getting knocked out, I don’t care who it is, and just so happened to be Matt Cassel, it’s 100 percent sickening. I’ve been in some rough times on some rough teams, I’ve never been so embarrassed in my life to play football, than at that moment right there.”
Obviously not every fan was cheering the Cassel injury — despite Winston saying it was 70,000 fans — and the majority of the stadium saved their applause for when the injured quarterback got to his feet and walked off the field. But Winston wanted to make it clear what he thought about anyone that was happy to see Cassel get 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’ve got to protect him more … but if you’re one of those people who were out there cheering, or even smiled, when he got knocked out, I just want everyone to know it’s sickening and disgusting.”
Cassel and Winston spoke after the game, but the right tackle didn’t want to talk about the details, calling it a “private conversation”.
You can hear all of Winston’s emotional comments here.
Winston took to Twitter after speaking with the media to say he knows not all the fans were cheering the injury. But he also doesn’t want to hear the excuse that the applause was for Quinn coming into the game.