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The Chiefs' Eric Winston Goes Off on Fans Who Cheered an Injury | The Nation

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Dave Zirin

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The Chiefs' Eric Winston Goes Off on Fans Who Cheered an Injury

Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Eric Winston went off on his hometown fans after last Sunday’s game in an epic rant. He ripped the Kansas City fans for cheering when Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel was knocked out of the game with a concussion. Winston attacks not only the fans but also the media. He speaks about understanding the fact that he has shortened his own life by playing this game, but that gives fans no right to act like Matt Cassel or any of them are anything less than human beings. As Winston says, “We’re not gladiators. This is not the Roman Coliseum.” This really needs to be seen to be believed: another athlete asserting his own humanity and telling fans, “Game over.

For another, more concise rant from a football player, read Dave Zirin on “The Smartest—or Dumbest Tweet an Athlete Ever Sent.”

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