Chiefs Fan Reaction to Cassel Injury Causes Uproar
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City fans are known for being some of the best in the NFL. But on Sunday, did a few disgruntled Kansas City Chiefs fans go too far?
When Chiefs QB Matt Cassel was hit hard in Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens it sounded like fans were cheering that he was injured. Not everyone agrees about what happened in the stadium Sunday, but the story is getting national attention.
And now fans are being scolded by not only television analysts and a few of Cassel’s teammates, but former players as well.
Former Chiefs running back Kimble Anders, who played for the team from 1991-2000, says that he was in the stands on Sunday, and says fans were more loyal during his playing days.
“I’m not sure where the loyalty lies now,” says Anders.
The three-time pro bowler now spends his time on a different field-as athletic director for the Kansas City, Missouri School District. He says fans set an example for the kids he now works with on a day to day basis.
“The Kansas City fan base has always been great, I just ask them to pick it back up and support the Chiefs,” said Anders. “Every team in the NFL goes through some trying times, and unfortunately we’re in that situation now.”
Chiefs Tackle Eric Winston was furious with fans after Sunday’s 9-6 loss against the Ravens. Winston said he was embarrassed by what happened saying, “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% sickening.”
On Monday, Winston refused to back down from his comments, but did say that he didn’t mean to suggest that all 70,000 fans in attendance on Sunday were cheering Cassel’s injury, adding that he wasn’t sure if it was actually just a few hundred fans out of the tens of thousands in the stands.
“But it was still too many,” said Winston.
Some fans agreed with Winston. Chiefs fan Kiran Chunduri says it’s disgraceful.
“It’s still your hometown team, you cannot boo someone off the field,” says Chunduri.
Others say they weren’t cheering because Cassel was hurt – they were clapping when they realized he was moving and okay. Others say they were rooting for Brady Quinn to come in.
“I think people in the city want the momentum of the Chiefs to switch and win and they’re willing to kind of cheer for anyone who will push that momentum,” one fan told FOX 4.
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