KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Clark Hunt wants to set the record straight about Kansas City Chiefs fans.
The fans at Arrowhead made headlines on Sunday, after national media outlets reported they cheered when quarterback Matt Cassel was knocked out with a concussion in the home game against the Baltimore Ravens. Chiefs tackle Eric Winston lashed out at fans in a locker room interview that went viral, saying he'd "never been more embarrassed ... to play football" than when he heard the cheers.
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In a statement released Wednesday, Chiefs owner Hunt said that the team's fans are "the heart and soul of the Arrowhead experience," and that they know cheering injuries is unacceptable.
"A small few who may have cheered when Matt went down do not accurately represent the best fans in the National Football League. Period," he added.
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Jack Harry, who was at Sunday's game, said he believes fans were cheering because backup quarterback Brady Quinn was warming up to enter the game -- not that Cassel was injured.
Frustration with the 1-4 Chiefs is growing increasingly apparent in a city once renowned for the strong relationship between the team and its fans. Cassel was booed at a celebrity softball game this summer, and an airplane was hired to fly over Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday with a banner asking for him to be benched and general manager Scott Pioli to be fired.
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