Winston Doesn’t Regret His Post-Game Tirade

From the Truman Sports Complex

Right tackle Eric Winston had a chance Monday afternoon to walk back his post-game comments expressing disgust with the cheering that was heard at Arrowhead Stadium when QB Matt Cassel was injured in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against Baltimore.

But he did not take his emotions and words back, although he did want to clarify something that he said.

“I meant what I said,” Winston said. “I’m happy with what I said. I guess the only thing that I didn’t clarify … I didn’t mean all 70,000 were cheering. It might have been 7,000. It might have been 700. It’s still too many. Of anything I said, that’s the one thing that may have been misconstrued. I just want people to know I didn’t think it was the whole stadium.”

Winston’s words went viral on Sunday and Monday and became discussion fodder for sports outlets from coast to coast, not just in Kansas City and the Midwest.

“I shouldn’t be surprised; I know better,” said Winston. “But I am surprised about the national play that it’s gotten. I’ve gotten an overwhelming amount of support. There are always going to be people that are upset. You aren’t going to make everyone happy.”

11 Responses to “Winston Doesn’t Regret His Post-Game Tirade”

  • October 8, 2012  - Johnfromwichita says:

    I was there. I heard a few cheers. I heard a lot of clapping when Cassel got to his feet.

    I saw a lot of Raven fans down below, on sideline and endzone. Thank you season tickets owners for selling out.

    Eric Winston, I really thought to be a good pick up, isn’t very good. He needs to block more and talk less. His holding penalities has to stop. His whiffle blocks has to stop or he’ll get Quinn injured too. Wow, now I think I know why he was a free agent.

    The fact that he has dished all Chief fans at the game on Sunday, nationally, can’t block very well and holds a lot, makes me, almost, not yet, missing Barry Richardson. That is about as sad as I can get.

  • October 8, 2012  - Kenny says:

    It’s doesn’t matter whether Winston has been having a good season or bad. It wouldn’t matter if he was best or worst player in the league. His message was obviously lost with most of the posters in the forum if that is where you go.

    He called out a bunch of classless idiots cheering for injuries on their own player. He is right to say what he said and my respect for him increases knowing that he didn’t back away from his comments or apologize. I only wish more players on the team said something.

  • October 8, 2012  - Niblick says:

    I’m glad he at least stated that it was a small number, not the entire crowd of 70,000(it was more like 50,0000 left at that time). There were some fans cheering when he got injured, but like many have said on this site and others, it likely was primarily a bunch of fans who had to much to drink. They may have regretted their actions later, but they wanted a different quarterback regardless of how he got there. It’s made the national news and makes Kansas City fans look classless. It was just a small number.

  • October 8, 2012  - cychief24 says:

    Kenny- weren’t at the game were you.

    I agree with most of what Johnfw posted. I just feel much stronger about his comments. Winston has stunk all year. Just a little better than Richardson but not much. No wonder the Texans cut him. We were probably his only option.

    Winston slandered me and the 60,000 of us that were at the game and did the right thing. We have been dragged through the mud nationally. Every single one of my classes asked me today why I cheered when my QB got hurt. I had to address it in all 7 classes.

    That Hunt and Piloi didn’t come out today to defend their Season Ticket Holders and fan base is unbelievable.

    Bob- if you read these… remember when Super Fan I think his name was Ed something… led a fan strike in 1988? We all boycotted the last 2 games. Lamar finally eased Steadman out and fired Schaaf and Gansz.

    We need to do that again!

  • October 8, 2012  - FearTheKingdom says:

    Is this season messed up or what? I just checked the latest NFL stats after five weeks. Can you name the three teams that have BOTH a top ten TOTAL DEFENSE and a top ten TOTAL OFFENSE? 49ers, Lions and Chiefs. We are 9 Cassel turnovers from being a damn good team. Sad. Instead we have ineptitude, loss, ignorance, loud mouths, half assers and drunks on both sides of the railing. Sad.

  • October 8, 2012  - johnfromfairfax says:

    Everybody is frustrated. You can’t excuse fans who cheered when Cassel was knocked out but Winston should have chosen his words better and made it clear it was a small group of knuckleheads and not the whole stadium full of fans. The fact that Hunt nor Pioli have shown their heads, explained the situation and defended fans while speaking to the frustration that goes with entering a season with so much promise only to see it mishandled to the point that you’re eliminated after 5 games says more. I don’t think they have a clue how to handle this situation and are praying we stumble into a couple wins to quiet the fan base. They have a mess on their hands and there are no easy solutions. Does anybody want to defend Pioli or Romeo at this point? The team hasn’t been prepared for any game and there have been a lot of instances where it was obvious they weren’t going all out. Those are damning indictments of an organization in pro football. Starting over repeatedly is the hallmark of mediocre organizations but meaningful change in the leadership has to come to clean this mess up. I think a good GM with the right coach could take the nucleus we have and if allowed to actually spend some of the money Clark Hunt pocketed the last few years could turn the program around in a relatively short period of time. But maybe that’s just an old dog hoping to find a good bone under that pile of stink out on the field.

  • October 9, 2012  - bhive01 says:

    I agree that Winston shouldn’t “regret” what he said. Even 1 fan cheering for a guy to get hurt is wrong, even if he is on the other team. I think we were all thinking that we wanted to give someone else a chance at QB and Crennel/Pioli didn’t go with that. I do think it is a good thing to show your QB that you’re behind him, but this went too far.

    I don’t begrudge Winston for calling out the few that did celebrate when Cassel went down. He had better step up his game and keep Quinn’s jersey clean against Tampa.

    I don’t see Cassel hanging around KC after the end of this season…

  • October 9, 2012  - milkman says:

    Kenny, do you really think it’s okay for Winston to bash the whole stadium for something a few jerks did? And did you or Winston fail to realize there were also Raven’s fans at the game who most likely were cheering the injury? And name one NFL city who would have gone through the last four years(keeping in mind Winston has been here 7 months)we have and had the exact same scenerio happen without a few classless jerks cheering.

    Winston grouped the whole stadium into his tirade. And then he did not apologize to the ones who were there who did the right thing by remaining quiet until Cassel was off the field. He owed them that. I am glad he is the only one on this team who is arrogant enough to get in front of the camera twice and diss the whole fanbase, who for the most part has supported this team way more than most NFL cities.

  • October 9, 2012  - el cid says:

    Winston’s second comments will not make any national media reporting. So we get another black eye. I guess I will have to live with it. Do not like it one bit.

    I guess it is now Hunt, Pioli, and Winston against the fans. Those three are above us and we have no ability to effect anything they say or do.

    Is it time to consider, just consider, what would be be like without the Chiefs? I know it is unthinkable but when the unthinkable becomes thinkable, there are big problems in KC. I know I am wrong but there comes a time.

    cy, Ed “superfan” Beeler was on 810AM and made some real impact on the Chiefs using the fans. The only time I recall fans actually got the Hunt family’s attention and that was Lamar who was fond of KC not Clark. Last I heard, many years ago Ed was in CA doing his thing. I think he belongs in the “ring of honor” somewhere ahead of Stedman, Pioli, or Winston.

  • October 9, 2012  - leonard kryston says:

    Well there you go again el CID. Whine whine whine. Cychief slander you? Give me a break. I give Winston a big atta boy. Taking on the bozos.

  • October 9, 2012  - cychief24 says:

    Thanks el cid. That’s right Superfan Ed Beiler.
    We need another radio voice in KC to lead a STH strike for the last 2 games. I agree Superfan deserves to be on the ring of honor.

    Those posting in favor of Winston’s lies must NOT be STH or even attend any games. Frankly I couldn’t care less about the opinions of TV fans here or anywhere else. They have just a casual interest in the Chiefs.

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