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 I am not a football fan.  I watch my kids play but have no interest in watching it on Monday night or on the weekend. 

I heard this on the way to school this morning with my kiddos and I was disgusted by it.  What in the world is going on with society when we cheer the injury of another person?  Is winning a football game more important than a person?

Chiefs unhappy over fans cheering injury to Cassel

By DAVE SKRETTA (AP Sports Writer) | The Associated Press - 17 hours ago
  • KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Members of the Kansas City Chiefs angrily spoke out Sunday against thousands of fans who cheered when quarterback  Matt Cassel left a 9-6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens with a head injury.

Cassel has been the focus of frustrated fans for the past couple years, many of them booing him when he appeared during a celebrity softball game this summer. Some had even hired an airplane to fly over Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday with a banner asking for him to be benched.

The angst reached a tipping point when Cassel, who committed four turnovers against Baltimore, was hammered by the Ravens' Haloti Ngata while completing a pass in the fourth quarter.

Cassel remained on his back for several minutes while fans began to cheer. He eventually got to his feet with some help and walked off the field under his own power.

''It's 100-percent sickening,'' Chiefs tackle Eric Winston said. ''I've never, ever - and I've been in some rough times on some rough teams - I've never been more embarrassed in my life to play football than at that moment right there. I get emotional about it because these guys, they work their butts off.  Matt Cassel hasn't done anything to you people.

''Hey, if he's not the best quarterback, he's not the best quarterback, and that's OK, but he's a person,'' Winston continued, the big offensive lineman's voice slowly rising. ''And he got knocked out in a game and we've got 70,000 people cheering that he got knocked out.''

The Chiefs have only said that Cassel has a ''head injury,'' and coach Romeo Crennel said he wasn't sure whether he'd been taken to a hospital. Brady Quinn finished the game.

''We are not gladiators and this is not the Roman Colosseum. This is a game,'' said Winston, who spoke to Cassel briefly in the locker room after the game. ''This is a game that's going to cost us a lot down the road. That's OK. We picked it. We deserve it. I don't want your pity. But we've got a lot of problems as a society if people think that's OK.''

Cassel was intercepted twice by the Ravens, though both passes were tipped. He was also hit with two lost fumbles, one of them on a pitch that was mishandled by running back Cyrus Gray and the other on a flubbed exchange with Kansas City facing first-and-goal at the Baltimore 1.

''It's not right, you know what I'm saying? I'll speak that for any stadium, any player to get hurt,'' said Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, who missed most of last season with a torn ACL.

''When someone gets booed, it's not right. It's his health. You know what I'm saying? He got hurt. You have to respect,'' Charles said. ''It wasn't right that he got booed.''

Once a Pro Bowl quarterback, Cassel is completing just 58.5 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and nine interceptions. He's averaging just 6.5 yards per pass attempt.

''I knew I hit him hard, but I didn't think it was hard enough to take him out. I thought I hit him right in the ribs,'' Ngata said. ''Hopefully, he bounces back and gets better.''

As for the cheering? Even the Ravens thought it uncouth.

''For them to cheer for him being hurt,'' Ngata said, ''that's just not cool.''

What are your thoughts?

by on Oct. 8, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Replies (11-20):
canadianmom1974
by Gold Member on Oct. 8, 2012 at 1:10 PM
I think you are taking an isolated event and projecting it on the whole league. You admit you don't watch football, don't like football so you are basing this whole attitude off one incident.

I love football, I watch a lot of football. I have seen a team boo and heckle their QB, wish he'd retire or just get off the field, but when he was knocked down they were quiet, they clapped him off.

And this occurred last weekend as well, in Winnipeg, MB. I'm sure the fans are happy he won't be playing today, I know a lot of Bomber fans. But none of them are happy he's injured. In fact the ones I know think he should retire for his health. There are only so many concussions a guy can have before it starts doing long term damage.

You can't take one incident and judge all fans, all of football by it. No one will say this was acceptable.


Quoting Godgaveme4:

 What ever happened to taking a knee while waiting for the injured player to either be carried off the field or gets up?  What ever happened to waiting quietly while the medics work on the player and then cheering for the player when they are carried off or walk off the field?

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ramita
by Member on Oct. 8, 2012 at 1:16 PM
Its a horrible thing for those fans to do. Glad someone on the team spoke out about it...
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Godgaveme4
by Platinum Member on Oct. 8, 2012 at 1:16 PM

 There is a stadium of fans that found it appropriate.  I am not saying all fans found it appropriate.  In fact many players have spoken out against it. 

It is still disgusting.

And i wonder if this really is the only incident.  And i am not just talking football.  IT seems to happen in all sports where the fans cannot seperate the desire to have their team win and caring about the players.

Quoting canadianmom1974:

I think you are taking an isolated event and projecting it on the whole league. You admit you don't watch football, don't like football so you are basing this whole attitude off one incident.

I love football, I watch a lot of football. I have seen a team boo and heckle their QB, wish he'd retire or just get off the field, but when he was knocked down they were quiet, they clapped him off.

And this occurred last weekend as well, in Winnipeg, MB. I'm sure the fans are happy he won't be playing today, I know a lot of Bomber fans. But none of them are happy he's injured. In fact the ones I know think he should retire for his health. There are only so many concussions a guy can have before it starts doing long term damage.

You can't take one incident and judge all fans, all of football by it. No one will say this was acceptable.


Quoting Godgaveme4:

 What ever happened to taking a knee while waiting for the injured player to either be carried off the field or gets up?  What ever happened to waiting quietly while the medics work on the player and then cheering for the player when they are carried off or walk off the field?

 

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Oct. 8, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Where is Charlie, the expert?

Veni.Vidi.Vici.
by on Oct. 8, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Practically my entire family are football fans and my siblings are chiefs fans. I find die hrd sports fans to get a little bonkers during the season.

Godgaveme4
by Platinum Member on Oct. 8, 2012 at 1:20 PM
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Quoting Veni.Vidi.Vici.:

Practically my entire family are football fans and my siblings are chiefs fans. I find die hrd sports fans to get a little bonkers during the season.

 I think that can be said for all sports and fans.

Veni.Vidi.Vici.
by on Oct. 8, 2012 at 1:22 PM


Quoting Godgaveme4:

 

Quoting Veni.Vidi.Vici.:

Practically my entire family are football fans and my siblings are chiefs fans. I find die hrd sports fans to get a little bonkers during the season.

 I think that can be said for all sports and fans.

I agree. That's why I said die hard sports fans and not die hard football fans.

= )

Godgaveme4
by Platinum Member on Oct. 8, 2012 at 1:26 PM
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Quoting Veni.Vidi.Vici.:


Quoting Godgaveme4:

 

Quoting Veni.Vidi.Vici.:

Practically my entire family are football fans and my siblings are chiefs fans. I find die hrd sports fans to get a little bonkers during the season.

 I think that can be said for all sports and fans.

I agree. That's why I said die hard sports fans and not die hard football fans.

= )

 I see it now.  I am claiming mommy of 2 sick kiddos this morning.

caito
by Silver Member on Oct. 8, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Yeah it's really shitty to cheer when someone gets hurt. You're supposed to cheer when they're coming off the field, not when they get hurt.

GLWerth
by Gina on Oct. 8, 2012 at 1:46 PM

That is disgusting.

Those who cheered another human having an injury are not decent people. Decent people don't do that.

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