Matt Stewart, former KCTV5 morning anchor and current reporter at FOX 4, has written an inflammatory article on the FOX4 Web site saying Chiefs fans wanted to see quarterback Matt Cassel get injured.
Stewart even added his thought that Cassel’s injury didn’t look that bad.
Stewart’s views are particularly surprising since he played college football at Northwestern and has written a book about his experiences there as a walk-on player.
“Cassel’s injury is exactly what Chiefs fans wanted to see,” wrote Stewart, tarring the entire Chiefs fan base with a very broad brush. “I can respect offensive tackle Eric Winston stepping up for his hurt QB and defending him in the media, saying it was disgusting the fans cheered when he was hurt, but let’s be real.”
Stewart even had a diagnosis for the injury, which is believed to be a concussion.
“First of all, the injury didn’t look that bad. It’s not like Cassel had a bone sticking out of his leg,” he added. “It looked like he had the wind knocked out of him, and so the fans thought in the long run, he’d be fine. They (me included) wanted to see Brady Quinn under center, and we were not disappointed.”
Stewart was correct in his assessment that Chiefs fans were upset with the team’s awful play againsts the Ravens. And, yes, they definitely wanted to see head coach Romeo Crenel replace Cassell at quarterback.
But to say the Kansas City fans were so bloodthirsty they hoped that Cassel would be injured is not a fair assessment of the situation or the majority of dedicated fans that fill the stadium for every game.
It is irresponsible.