Matt Schaub got injured, some fans cheered, and then T.J. Yates threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown. Predictably, Houston Texans’ players are upset with the reaction, according to Tania Ganguli.
T.J. Yates had this to offer: “For all the guy’s done for the city & team … that’s straight up disrespectful.” Brian Cushing called it “barbaric.” You might recall that last year, former Texans lineman Eric Winston was in Kansas City and caused an uproar when he complained about Chiefs fans who cheered Matt Cassel’s injury, saying they were not gladiators.
The most powerful statement comes from Johnathan Joseph, though. According to Paul Gallant, he said: “They gonna do that, don’t show the fuck up.”
It’s understandable that players would be upset. I’m sure we will hear, “they should play better.” Matt Schaub today, by the way, was not the biggest problem. A fifteen yard illegal hands to the face doomed the first drive. DeAndre Hopkins fumbled in the red zone on the second one. A kickoff fumble basically ended the game right before the Schaub injury. Still, the ire was up, and enough people cheered an injury to another person to make plenty of guys upset about the lack of class.