Eric Winston Was Pissed About Fans Cheering Matt Cassel's Injury: "We Are Not Gladiators"

By Jason Lisk

Eric Winston was not happy with some fans cheering Matt Cassel getting knocked out of the game late in the Chiefs 9-6 loss to Baltimore:

We are athletes. We’re not gladiators. This isn’t the Roman Coliseum. People pay their hard earned money to come in here and I believe they can boo, they can cheer, they can do whatever they want. . . . But when you cheer somebody getting knocked out, and I don’t care who it is, and it just so happened to be Matt Cassel, it’s sickening. It’s 100% sickening. I’ve never, ever–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. I get emotional about it because these guys work their butts off. Matt Cassel hasn’t done anything to you people, hasn’t done anything to you people. Hasn’t done anything to the media writers that kill him, hasn’t done anything wrong to the people that come out here and cheer him. Hey, if he’s not the best quarterback, he’s not the best quarterback, and that’s okay. But he’s a person, and he got knocked out in a game, and we’ve got 70,000 people out here cheering that he got knocked out.

Good for you, Eric. The full audio can be found here. [audio via 610 sports and @dannyparkins]