Allowe me to preface this, I am a Buffalo Bills fan so I have no bias in this at all, but I am a human being first.
Today in the game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Baltimore Ravens, Kansas City Chiefs fans at Arrowhead Stadium were cheering when their starting quarterback Matt Cassel got injured today. I understand the distaste for him due to his unpopularity, but to cheer his injury is beyond reprehensible in my mind.
Chiefs offensive lineman Eric Winston blasted the Chiefs fans, and rightfully so by saying the following:
“We are athletes, OK? We are athletes. We are not gladiators. This is not the Roman Coliseum. 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. …
“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.
“It’s sickening. And 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.”
I must commend Eric for standing up for his quarterback and being an actual human being, but that’s just my take. I want to know what you think on this sickening act disguised as fandom. So thanks for reading this, please leave a comment on here or hit me up on twitter @TheProfessorSD. Have a great day!