Texans quarterback was cheered as he left field injured.
Pittsburgh Steelers star Ben Roethlisberger has labelled the cheering of injured Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub on Sunday as “sickening”.
Schaub left the an eventual 38-13 loss to the St. Louis Rams with an ankle injury, but after admitting that he didn’t initially hear the cheers when leaving the field, he was “disappointed” to have been made aware of it after.
The pair came through the draft together back in 2004 and have known each other for years, and “Big Ben” has given some advice to his friend by insisting he must not be distracted by goings-on off the field.
“It’s truly, truly unfortunate,” Roethlisberger said on 93.7 The Fan as reported by ESPN.
“Booing when somebody gets hurt, it was just sickening. It’s just so hard to understand, especially your home crowd.”
Steelers quarterback Roethlisberger also took issue with fans loitering around outside of Schaub’s house back on October 6 after the defeat to the San Francisco 49ers, where he set an NFL record by throwing an interception which was returned for a touchdown for a fourth consecutive game.
The Steelers star was keen to stress that although supporters have the right to make their feelings known during the games at the stadium, the players are all human-beings outside of the game and have families which must be taken into account.
Meanwhile, it is unclear at this stage as to whether or not the injury will keep Schaub out of the next game against the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs.
Coach Gary Kubiak admitted that they will “see where we’re at” at the end of the week, with the embattled quarterback insisting he is working hard on his recovery after the diagnosis showed it wasn’t as serious as first thought.