Letter: There are other, more civilized ways, to show frustration during sporting events
Colin E. Braley, ASSOCIATED PRESS
On Oct. 7, during the football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Baltimore Ravens, the Chiefs' quarterback Matt Cassel took a hard hit to the head when he was sacked by the Ravens' defense.
The hit was clean; no penalty flags were thrown. The interesting part of this story was the reaction of the fans — the fans of the injured quarterback, that is. They cheered; they actually applauded at the situation of their quarterback getting injured.
This is wrong and shameful to the sport of football. Cassel has not been a fan favorite by any means this year. He is starting in front of the much more popular Brady Quinn. It is common in all sports for fans to question a player's performance and to even question the decision of a coach. This is not a crime.
It is a commonly accepted practice in the game of football to cheer when a player from either team rises from an injury and is carried or limps off the field. This mutual respect from both teams is shown almost in every game. It is clear that a certain level of respect should be given to the injured player, regardless of allegiance to team.
The thought that fans loyal to a team could applaud one of their own being seriously hurt is quite unnerving to fans and players alike around the country. What the fans did in Kansas City was wrong. As a fan of the sport and as a player, I am disappointed. There are other, more civilized ways, to show your frustration about the performance of a player.
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