Chiefs offensive tackle Eric Winston sat at his locker and chose his words wisely following a 9-6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens before an angry crowd at Arrowhead Stadium. And then he ripped into the Kansas City faithful for cheering Matt Cassel as he was knocked out of the game.
"We are athletes, OK? We are athletes. We are not gladiators. This is not the Roman Coliseum. People pay their hard-earned money when they come in here and I believe they can boo, they can cheer and they can do whatever they want, I believe that. We are lucky to play this game. People, it's hard to economic times, and they still pay the money to do this," Winston told media gathered around him.
Although Cassel turned the ball over four times in the loss, Winston defended his quarterback, who left the game with an injury. Cassel was replaced by Brady Quinn after suffering a head injury.
"When somebody gets hurt, there are long lasting ramifications to the game we play, long lasting ramif...