Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub has faced a lot of heat this season from Texans' fans, including two guys who yelled insults outside his house.
The hometown hate for Schaub took an uglier turn on Sunday when some fans cheered the quarterback's ankle injury during a game against the St. Louis Rams.
Schaub went down in the the third quarter of the 38-13 loss, causing some fans let out a loud and pro-longed cheer in Reliant Stadium (video below).
Several Texans players expressed their shock and disgust on CBS Houston.
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“It just happened to Matt today, it could have been me any other day, so I’ll never agree with it, I’m never for it," said Johnathan Joseph. "I don’t stand for it. If they’re going to do that don’t show the f--- up. Period.”
T.J. Yates added: “For all that guy [Schaub] has done for this city and this team for fans to be booing him when the man is hurt and on the ground, that’s straight up disrespectful.”
Ironically, after Yates relieved Schaub, he threw a 98-yard pick-six, which the Texans' fans have attacked Schaub for in the past.
“I sure hope they don’t truly feel that way," stated J.J. Watt. "That’s a pretty tough life if you’re cheering somebody else getting injured. That’s a man with a wife and kids.”
“This is a guy that gives everything he has to the game of football, to this city, and does way more outside of this stadium that people seem to forget about," opined Brian Cushing. "He’s a great teammate and a great person and when people react like that, it’s barbaric.”
According to ESPN, more of Schaub's teammates came to his defense.
"For the fans that cheered when he got hurt, that's disgusting. You can feel how you want about him as a player, but this is his livelihood. This is how he provides for his family," said Duane Brown.
Andre Johnson stated, "It's bad when members of the other team are saying that's messed up that they would do something like that. It just shows no class. It wasn't all the fans. But those are the same people that you're out somewhere with your family and you tell them they can't have an autograph right now, those are the same people that tell you you're rude."
So far there is no update on Schaub's ankle injury.