Chiefs offensive lineman Eric Winston is standing by his criticism of the Chiefs fans who cheered on Sunday while quarterback Matt Cassel was on the ground after suffering a concussion.
“I meant what I said. I didn’t say it off the cuff,” Winston said, via Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star. “I look back on it and I’m happy with what I said.”
Winston did clarify that he didn’t think all or even most Chiefs fans were among those cheering seeing Cassel hurt.
“I didn’t mean all 70,000 [fans] were cheering. It might have been 7,000. It might have been 700. It’s still too many,” Winston said.
Cassel was having an absolutely dismal start to the season, with nine interceptions and four lost fumbles, when he went down on Sunday. He’s expected to miss at least one game with his concussion, and Brady Quinn is expected to start this week at Tampa Bay. Chiefs fans may cheer seeing their quarterback replaced, but it’s probably safe to say that the vast majority of fans would agree with Winston that the way the fans in Kansas City on Sunday went about it was wrong.
We’ll let PFT Planet weigh in on Winston’s comments.