By Danny Cox
NFL fans can be loud, rambunctious, loyal, confusing, awesome, and even downright exciting. There are also the times that they can be hurtful and disrespectful toward other teams and the fans of other teams. The things that took place on Sunday when Kansas City Chiefs’ quarterback Matt Cassel got injured though…well, that was just disgusting.
During the fourth quarter of Sunday’s close loss to the Baltimore Ravens at Arrowhead Stadium, Cassel got laid out and it was immediately known that he was injured. He was helped to his feet and walked off of the field to go to the locker room.
Cassel was later diagnosed with a concussion.
From there, Chiefs back-up Brady Quinn came in and tried to rally the team to a victory over the Ravens. Eventually, Baltimore picked up the slim victory 9-6 and all was over. Still, many wondered what the condition of Cassel actually was.
Well, not everyone was concerned for Cassel. Some Chiefs fans really didn’t care if Cassel was alright or not, and that was evidenced by the fact that they actually cheered when the Kansas City starter got injured.
Chiefs right tackle Eric Winston was not at all happy with how the fans at Arrowhead acted on Sunday.
“It’s 100 percent sickening,” right tackle Eric Winston said. “If he’s not the best quarterback, he’s not the best quarterback, and that’s OK. But he’s a person. And he got knocked out in a game and we’ve got 70,000 people cheering that he got knocked out.”
Winston has a very valid point because no matter how you may like someone or not, it just isn’t right to cheer that they got injured. It shows even less class to cheer the fact that someone ended up with a head injury.
What type of person does that?
Jamaal Charles, running back for the Kansas City Chiefs, said it much simpler than Winston did, but got the same point across.
“It’s just not right,” said Charles.
There really is nothing more to say than that.
This isn’t the first time in NFL history that the fans of a team started cheering when a player got injured. It doesn’t really matter though, because it’s classless every single time it happens.
Eric Winston continued on about the Cassel injury and what the fans did. He knows that it wasn’t all 70,000 people at Arrowhead cheering, but he isn’t going to accept the excuse that they were just cheering once Quinn came into the game.
Winston knows that the game of football is his career and that of Matt Cassel. He knows that winning is important and the time for a team to move forward is right now and an NFL championship is the goal. He also knows that the long-term effects of a concussion can forever alter a person’s health and that takes priority over all other things.
“I was embarrassed. I want every single one of you people to put this on your station and in your newspapers because I want every fan to know that. This is a game that’s going to cost us a lot down the road. That’s OK. We picked it, we deserve it and I don’t want your pity. But we have a lot of problems as a society if people think that’s OK.”
It could not have been better put than that. For anyone that would ever cheer the injury of someone in a professional sport or life, shame on you. Adding onto that touch of no class would be to cheer the injury of someone on your own team.
For that, the words that describe you cannot be said in this forum.
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