It’s takes one kind of crazy for someone to take a video of themselves paying $200 bucks for a Matt Schaub jersey only to light said jersey on fire. It take a completely different kind of crazy and potentially sick individual(s) to do what a group of “fans” reportedly did to Matt Schaub Tuesday evening.
According to Sports Radio 610 in Houston, police were called to the home of the embattled quarterback (who’s thrown a pick-six in four straight games) after a group of fans confronted Schaub and let their feelings on his recent play be known.
No arrests were made as the fans left the scene before police arrived. Schaub has reportedly contacted NFL Security.
“A fan went to his house and told him off,” a source told The Fred and Ted Show, adding that another person “took pictures of his family,” which were allegedly posted on Facebook.
I’m sorry, I don’t care how poorly someone is playing, there are certain lines that should never be crossed, and this is by and large the biggest one. As a deeply-vested fan of sports teams in a city that very rarely sees success (I’m talking championships, not just making the playoffs or winning a lot of games), I know what it’s like to suffer through defeat. But never would I ever think to physically confront any of the people I felt were responsible for my teams’ misfortunes. For one, I’m not a very sizable individual, so I don’t know how intimidating I would really be. Second, and more importantly, that’s a completely insane, and asinine way to go about venting your frustrations. It’s completely uncalled for and out of line to invade someone’s privacy simply because your team’s not winning. You have to remember that—no matter how many fantasy football lineups you have Schaub starting in—he’s just a person. They all are, and they deserve as much respect and privacy as the next person.
It’s just a sport, people! Quit taking it so personally.
Honestly, though, I’m surprised we don’t hear more stories like this. And for what it’s worth, I’m glad we don’t.