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Fans in Kansas City cast in disparaging light

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 9 2012 4:25 p.m. MDT

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel (7) walks off the field with trainers during the second half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. The Ravens defeated the Chiefs 9-6.  (Colin E. Braley, Associated Press) Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel (7) walks off the field with trainers during the second half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. The Ravens defeated the Chiefs 9-6. (Colin E. Braley, Associated Press)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Sports fans in Kansas City are back in the national spotlight.

Once again, it's a glaring one.

The latest flashpoint occurred Sunday, when Chiefs offensive lineman Eric Winston laid into a small percentage of Chiefs fans who cheered when embattled quarterback Matt Cassel sustained a concussion in the fourth quarter of a 9-6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

Winston called the cheering fans "sickening," and his locker-room diatribe went viral, picked up by everyone from ESPN to "Good Morning America." It's left the city with a black eye, and has served as the impetus for a discussion in what is considered uncouth behavior.

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