The monumental struggles of Texans quarterback Matt Schaub have been one the stories of the season.
With a pick six in four straight games and his jersey being burnt by angry fans in previous weeks it seemed like Schaub's relationship with Texans fans couldn't get any worse.
However on Sunday vs the St Louis Rams things hit a new low. Schaub injured his ankle in the 3rd quarter and this was met with cheers from Texans fans as he was replaced with back up T.J Yates.
Texans fans are frustrated, I understand that. They are witnessing their season slip through their fingers and this failure is unacceptable for a roster this packed with talent. However there is a time where perspective is needed, and right now is definitely one of them.
No player deserves to hear cheers from his own fans as he lies injured on the field, no matter how atrocious his play has been.
As soon as an injury happens everything should be forgotten. As reasonable and empathetic people fans should remember that it is only a game and the health and livelihood of a player is at risk.
This is not to group all Texans fans together within this criticism. It was obviously a minority and most fans I've seen have strongly condemned the actions of their fellow fans. However the point must still be addressed.
Maybe we all are guilty of stripping players of their humanity, making them into just football playing robots in our minds. Perhaps it’s a necessity that makes it easier for us to watch such a violent sport.
But this was the kind of act that cannot become commonplace. There is a line that fans should not cross. We watch football because we love the violence, the sound of pad hitting pad.
Matt Schaub is paid $15million a year to risk his health playing a sport. But his decision to play football and risk his health does not make it unimportant and open to ridicule and celebration when he is hurt.
Schaub has been a great ambassador for the Texans franchise. A four game struggle shouldn't erase the previous years of good footballing play.
Fans have the right to boo poor play and stupid decisions. They can call for the backup quarterback and for the coaches job. They have a say in their franchises future because they’re the people who put their hard earned money into it, but they still have to respect the players as fellow human beings.
The Texans fans involved in the incident should be ashamed; they shouldn’t even be referred to as fans.
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