Coach Romeo Crennel: 'Majority of Chiefs fans are not going to cheer a player getting hurt'
Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel spoke to the media Wednesday to announce that Matt Cassel still hasn't been cleared to practice. Crennel also addressed the controversy centering on fans who cheered Cassel's injury.
|Winston called fans cheering Cassel's injury ''disgusting.'' Crennel weighed in Wednesday. (US Presswire)|
Following Sunday's nearly unwatchable 9-6 loss to the Ravens, Chiefs tackle Eric Winston lambasted fans at Arrowhead Stadium who cheered as quarterback Matt Cassel lay on the turf with a concussion.
"Boo him all you want; boo me all you want," Winston said at the time via CBSSports.com's C.J. Moore. "Throw me under the bus. Tell me I'm doing a bad job. Say I got to protect him more. But if you're one of those people that were out there cheering or even smiled when he got knocked out, I just want to let you know and I want everybody to know that I think it's sickening and disgusting."
Former Chiefs lineman Rich Baldinger called for Winston to apologize, telling a local television station that, "You embarrassed a lot of great people in the city of Kansas City that have been so supportive of this team. … I think you owe these fans an apology because you cannot lump together everyone with a few you-know-what's out there."
Three days later, and Winston's remarks are still in the news. Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel spoke to the media Wednesday to announce that Cassel still hasn't been cleared for practice. He also addressed the Winston-fans situation.
"Historically, the Chiefs fans are some of the best fans in the NFL," Crennel said via NFL.com. ... "Anytime a player gets injured it's unfortunate. I think the majority of the Kansas City Chiefs fans felt bad Matt was injured. There were some that expressed an opinion, a frustration that I have, that everybody else has about this season.
"They expressed it not in the way you would want it expressed. But you can't paint that broad brush of 70,000 people because that wasn't the case. I don't know how many did what they did. My concern is for my players and their health. ... I think that majority of Chiefs fans are not going to cheer a player getting hurt."
These sentiments were shared by some of the commenters in a post we wrote Monday: The majority of people at Arrowhead weren't cheering an injury. On the play in question, Cassel completed a pass to running back Jamaal Charles, who gained 16 yards and a first down. Some fans were apparently cheering anything resembling an offense.
That said, one person celebrating Cassel's concussion is unacceptable. No one disagrees with that, not even Winston, who said as much Monday.
“I didn't mean all 70,000 [fans] were cheering," he said. "It might have been 7,000. It might have been 700. It's still too many.”
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