|10-08-2012, 11:05 PM||#1|
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Eric Winston Defends His Criticism Of Chiefs Fans
After Sunday's loss to the Ravens, Chiefs offensive tackle Eric Winston unloaded on those fans at Arrowhead Stadium who cheered when quarterback Matt Cassel was down on the turf with a concussion.
A day later, Winston stood by the criticism that he leveled at those fans cheering Cassel's injury.
I meant what I said. I didn't say it off the cuff, Winston said. I look back on it, and I'm happy with what I said.
Not everybody felt that way. Former Chiefs offensive lineman Rich Baldinger thinks Winston needs to apologize to the people of Kansas City.
"Needless to say, you cannot, after a game in a highly emotional situation, take your rant that way," Baldinger said. "It came off wrong. You embarrassed a lot of great people in the city of Kansas City that have been so supportive of this team. You go to any other city, and it's worse. These fans have been here through thick and thin.
"I was here in the '80s. It was bad, it got good and these fans have stayed here forever. Eric Winston, I think you owe these fans an apology because you cannot lump together everyone with a few you-know-what's out there -- a few jerks that might've had maybe one too many in the stands. So let's not put all these Kansas City fans together Sometimes it's better to stop, take a breath, think about think about what you [say] before you say it."
Winston, meanwhile, offered this clarification on Monday: 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.
Source: CBS Sports
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