A Kansas City Chiefs fan hold a sign after Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel was injured in the 4th quarter of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, in Kansas City, MO. (AP Photo/Colin E Braley)
FAIRWAY, KS (KCTV) -
Is this the cheering Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Eric Winston blamed fans for?
It is the only cheering KCTV5 could find looking through raw footage of Sunday night's game.
Look at the right side of the video. That is Dwayne Bowe urging the crowd to cheer and it responds.
Does this change your opinion? It is definitely enough to make you re-consider.
Bob Fescoe, of 610 Sports, was at the stadium when Cassel went down. Fescoe said it is unacceptable for anyone to cheer for an injury, but says Winston was wrong for calling out the entire fan base.
Fescoe said he believes the majority of fans were not cheering because Cassel got hit but instead because Brady Quinn was entering the game.
Fans had rallied to fly a banner over the stadium that said, "Fire general manager Scott Pioli. Bench Cassel."
"I'd love to have Eric Winston as my teammate. I'd love to work with a guy like Eric Winston who has got your back 100 percent. From a teammate standpoint, he was absolutely right to go and defend his guy. But again, you have to remember this is a starving fan base. It has been 19 years since we won a playoff game in any sport here in Kansas City. So fans are on edge," Fescoe said. "This is a different season. I haven't seen fans like this fans so mad so upset with this organization ever. It's a different kind of upset this year."
At one point during Winston's statement in the locker room, he did say 70,000 fans. Shortly after, Winston clarified saying he was upset with the fans who did cheer when Cassel was injured.
"I've said what I wanted to say and I won't be talking about it any further. I stand by what I have said. I believe what I said," Winston tweeted Sunday.
Tight end Kevin Boss defends his teammate on Twitter by saying, "God Bless @ericwinston for having the stones to speak his mind & speak the TRUTH! You could not ask for a better teammate then (sic) this guy!"
Fescoe said fans shouldn't cheer when someone on their own team goes down.
"You don't cheer when anybody goes down. It is a tough game and people are risking a lot out there. You don't cheer for injuries, but for Eric Winston to sit there and blame 70,000 fans, I think that is wrong on his part because Chiefs fans are loyal fans," he said. "The fans that did cheer that was wrong, but Eric Winston was also wrong for calling out the entire fan base."
Fescoe also said the Chiefs have to find a way to win, and it is time Clark Hunt makes big changes.
"We are in a different spot than ever before. People didn't like Carl Peterson, but nobody ever flew a banner that said fire Carl Peterson or bench Trent Green or anybody of that nature," he said. "This is a different type of upset. This isn't just fans are mad. These are fans that are angry. These fans that are venomous. Fans are ticked off right now, and rightfully so."
Fescoe believes the Chiefs franchise, since Scott Pioli has taken over, has not been a very good football organization.
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