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Cooper meeting team tonight to discuss racial slur

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As uncomfortable as being labeled a racist, or apologizing in a statement or holding a press conference might have been, the hard part for Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper begins tonight.

After video of Cooper using a racial slur hit the internet this afternoon, there was a hastily called press conference, at which time Cooper said he hadn’t spoken with any of his teammates.

I’m going to tell them exactly what I’m telling you,” Cooper said, via Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I’m extremely sorry. I should have never said what I said.

“Most of the ones that know me, which excludes the rookies coming in, they know the kind of person I am.”

Convincing teammates who have to work with him every day will be much harder than the typical act of contrition players begin as soon as they’re caught doing something illegal or dumb.

And there’s a reasonable chance that not all of them will accept his apology, which could cost him more than any fine from the team possibly could.

The video showed Cooper arguing with an African American security guard at a Kenny Chesney concert, and saying: “I will jump that fence and fight every n—– in here.”

But Cooper said he had never said the word before (which makes it really unfortunate for him that a camera caught him the one time he slipped).

“I wasn’t raised that way,” he said. “I got a great mom and dad at home. They’re extremely, extremely disappointed in me.”

They should be, but they’re his parents, and they’ll forgive him. They have to.

His teammates aren’t bound by that same obligation.

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58 Responses to “Cooper meeting team tonight to discuss racial slur”
  1. bleedpurplenblack says: Jul 31, 2013 6:56 PM

    Why is this even happening?

    Cooper sucks… release and move on.

  2. 858bolts says: Jul 31, 2013 6:57 PM

    What he said was insanely unacceptable and it has to be really awkward in that locker room right now, but I’m not gonna lie the way he is acting like he’s about to burst into tears over this shows that he probably isn’t really a racist, he just can’t handle some liquor.

  3. seabreezes51 says: Jul 31, 2013 7:04 PM

    Lots of lessons for him to learn in this. I hope he learns them.

  4. theuglitruth says: Jul 31, 2013 7:09 PM

    I’m pretty sure a meeting for an apology will look good to the public…but there will definitely be doubt about this guy in the minds of those players moving forward.

  5. youarejealousof6rings says: Jul 31, 2013 7:20 PM

    This is bound to cause locker room problems down the road. It would probably be a good move to just let him go, considering he isn’t that good anyway.

  6. rolloversports says: Jul 31, 2013 7:23 PM

    He should also apologize for being caught at a kenny Chesney show

  7. phillyrick22 says: Jul 31, 2013 7:27 PM

    Not cool, not good riley cooper. You should be cut! Period!

  8. puckthefatriots says: Jul 31, 2013 7:33 PM

    Another one of Urban’s boys.

  9. tremoluxman says: Jul 31, 2013 7:43 PM

    Never said it before the incident? Gimme a break. You don’t just blurt something out like that.

  10. jdphx says: Jul 31, 2013 7:57 PM

    He and Paula Dean are getting together for a drink…

  11. tbutler704 says: Jul 31, 2013 8:02 PM

    He deserves what he will inevitably get for this.

  12. 737driver69 says: Jul 31, 2013 8:05 PM

    I think he should be cut, its definitely going to strained the relationship among players…especially when Chip Kelly bringing his new system….just saying

  13. showtyme34 says: Jul 31, 2013 8:08 PM

    He should be fined and forced to apologize for being caught at a Kenny Chesney concert!

  14. jimmylions says: Jul 31, 2013 8:15 PM

    It’s called growing up.

    Cooper just got a look at part of himself that he can’t believe was there. In the suburbs, kids say horribly stupid stuff like this all the time without thinking about what they are really saying.

    That video is a mirror and he can’t believe what he’s seeing. He’s in shock. He’s mortified with embarrassment. He’s deeply ashamed — with good reason.

    This incident is going to change this guy … profoundly. Not only will he never say anything like this again, he won’t tolerate it from anyone. And not everyone in his real life will embrace that change in his attitude.

  15. proflonghair says: Jul 31, 2013 9:24 PM

    Before we all condemn him, how about we first ask how many times he hears that in the locker room after any given day?

  16. blancodiablo says: Jul 31, 2013 9:32 PM

    The same team that supports a dog killer but dare say the dreaded N word? It’s the end of the world! Hand wringing time!

  17. mattcapelle says: Jul 31, 2013 9:44 PM

    It’s horrible what he said and he should be reprimanded for it. That being said, there’s a severe double standard involving race in this country, which is even more horrible–even pathetic. It’s amazing how a white person can get so chastised for saying the n-word, but blacks can say it whenever they want and it means nothing.

  18. knowmewell85 says: Jul 31, 2013 9:44 PM

    RIP RILEY

  19. taintedsaints2009 says: Jul 31, 2013 9:51 PM

    Judging by the media reaction to this, you’d think somebody was just killed.

  20. boonevol says: Jul 31, 2013 9:54 PM

    Sounds like the Coronas were talking a little loud that night.

    How many more AA’s did he expect to have to fight at a Kenny Chesney show? He stood a better chance of running into Peyton Manning and Sean Payton, together.

    The Eagles just got more entertaining than that clown car that is the Jets.

  21. cpo187 says: Jul 31, 2013 10:10 PM

    As he should…

  22. nflpoker says: Jul 31, 2013 10:13 PM

    Obviously, Cooper was way out of line and what he said was disgusting. But we all have said things or have done things which were totally out of character and which we are not proud of. And if you say you never did, you are either lying or kidding yourself. This is not to excuse or condone what he said, but a lot of you are acting holier-than-thou. Cooper has a lot of work ahead him trying to rectify things now. Not fun, but he messed up big time and he has no one to blame but himself.

  23. nflofficeadmin says: Jul 31, 2013 10:15 PM

    Ignorant comment. Very unfortunate.

  24. msclemons67 says: Jul 31, 2013 10:17 PM

    That wasn’t politically correct at all. The Sisterhood of the Perpetually Offended will piss and moan until Cooper is cut.

  25. richndc says: Jul 31, 2013 10:28 PM

    He just showed his true colors, if he does not know any better than that at his age, then that is who he is. I bet he had a lot of friends who congratulated him privately (racism like this does not exist in a vacuum). He is only sorry there was a video of it. He ain’t sorry at all, he is just sorry he got caught. Like his teammate, the other loser. At least he is on the right team!

  26. cardinalfanatics says: Jul 31, 2013 10:29 PM

    I hope Cooper is financially set because he’s always going to have a bounty on him for this through his AND other teamates!

  27. hack19 says: Jul 31, 2013 10:44 PM

    How many times do you think he has heard his fellow African American teammates use the same word? Should every player that uses that word be fined, suspened and cut. That’s right…when an African American uses it, it’s a term of endearment. It doesn’t make it right for Cooper to say what he did, but if that term is ever going to go away for good it has to be stopped being used in any context and be terrible for all.

  28. ishudbgm says: Jul 31, 2013 10:46 PM

    You can be as NAIVE as you want to be. Nothing in his incident with the security guard should have caused him to use the N-word….he used it because he felt like he was in a setting it which it was acceptable. If I am his team mate I deck him right in his nose…only way to make him think twice. Those of you defending this behavior probably use it at home or have no idea how upset you make a black person by calling them the n-word.

  29. msstiller58 says: Jul 31, 2013 10:53 PM

    Our nation’s history. Mark Twain used that word in his classic American novels. George Wallace used it when he was governor of Alabama and most assuredly many other politicians did over the pre-1960s, too. But anyone ANYONE who is a high profile person who uses it should no longer be a high profile person. If Paula Deen gets fired, so should a football player. AND! A musician. Any musician. A word can’t be a acceptable to some when used here, or a other when used here. It should not be used. Period.

  30. richndc says: Jul 31, 2013 10:58 PM

    I am white, but I will tell you this for sure. Every black person has (by necessity) had to judge whether or not any white person they meet will treat them fairly or to what degree they are racist. If this cat is a racist, I am sure it has already been noticed by his black teammates. But hey, it’s not like people ever talk about race or who is not cool with race or who is racist…if this guy is known to be the cracker he looked like in this video, well, this could get VERY interesting. His apology will ring kinda hollow in that case, no matter what is said publicly. Might be some black people in Philadelphia who have seen this video and may not buy his apology. I don’t know him, so I cannot say.

  31. aic2276 says: Jul 31, 2013 11:00 PM

    I don’t see the big deal about a word especially when young blacks refer to each other using that word. It’s also pervasive in hip hop too, but no one complains about that.

  32. bigblu73 says: Jul 31, 2013 11:05 PM

    IT IS WHAT IT IS!!!! This concert was over a month ago. If he was truly contrite and embarrassed he would of made the organization/league aware of the incident shortly after it happened. He’s only sorry because he got caught on video and it went viral. Even if he didn’t want to tell the eagles/league he could have signed up for some type of racial sensitivity workshop/class and worked on his issues on his own. He didn’t do anything, only now that he is put on front street is he confronting his demons. Racism is a disease, not something that can be swept under the rug. In order to be “healed” he has to be “treated” an apology is not going to fix this. I hope for his sake he figures out why he harbors the hate that allowed him to say such a thing.

  33. tjjohnson98 says: Jul 31, 2013 11:09 PM

    Forget the offensiveness of the word for a second… was he aware that he was at a Kenny Chesney concert when he said that? I’m a little confused at how many people he thought he was going to fight. One, maybe?

  34. ubepunkedagain says: Jul 31, 2013 11:16 PM

    The real story here is that he went to a Kenny Chesney concert and has more youtube highlights from that night than he does from playing football.

  35. eagles512 says: Jul 31, 2013 11:20 PM

    This might be unpopular but if a black player used a racial slur against another race, the media would barely cover it.

  36. fballguy says: Jul 31, 2013 11:24 PM

    Boo hoo…It’s a word people. Let’s stop acting like he just capped Odin Lloyd and left him in an industrial park.

  37. jason1980 says: Jul 31, 2013 11:41 PM

    His teammates are not going to be nearly as forgiving. There’s a reason why the N-word is not used in polite society, it’s intent is to offend. Cooper knew exactly what he was saying, just didn’t know the camera was there to catch it. Let the shunning begin in Eagles town. This is gonna be a hard climb when 90% of your co-workers are black.

  38. michaelwone says: Jul 31, 2013 11:43 PM

    I guess Al Sharpton just secured a nice seat for the first Monday Night Football game.

  39. aic2276 says: Jul 31, 2013 11:48 PM

    Why is it such a big deal. This word is said by hip hop artists and young blåck youth on a daily basis and no one complains about that!

  40. bluez32 says: Aug 1, 2013 12:15 AM

    what he said was wrong no doubt but is there a double standard in this country ? black people call white people “whitie ” & make rap videos about shooting white people . how is this any different ?

  41. skin94249 says: Aug 1, 2013 12:25 AM

    Remember what I said about all the talk about “Redskins” being a so called racial term as it relates to our Washington Football Team on this site? Now if you want to be politically correct and just, I want to see you attack this guy like you do our team. This offends a far greater number of Americans of all ethnic backgrounds.

  42. jdpollard13 says: Aug 1, 2013 12:28 AM

    lighten up people if he was black it wouldnt even make the news but he’s white so he should be cut? jimmylions is right he didnt think about it he just said it and blurted it out, one stupid comment doesnt make you a racist.

  43. tdubdizzle says: Aug 1, 2013 12:35 AM

    I think they should put him in a room with every black person involved with the Philadelphia Eagles organization and make him repeat what he said over and over again until he realizes how stupid he sounds.

  44. tdubdizzle says: Aug 1, 2013 12:36 AM

    Scratch that, make him go into the slums of Oakland and make him say that. See if that man is as confident as he was around a bunch of racist..

  45. tdubdizzle says: Aug 1, 2013 12:37 AM

    For those of you saying they should cut him, What better replacement are they going to get? Maclin just got injured and Deseans a one trick pony diva. Sadly, you need Riley Cooper.

  46. tdubdizzle says: Aug 1, 2013 12:38 AM

    I’m sure we have all made mistakes in life, whatever the case may be. I shall not condemn this man to hell because he made an ignorant remark. God is good all the time, all the time God is good.

  47. Robb_Fett says: Aug 1, 2013 1:17 AM

    I know…how about if everyone, regardless of race…stops using that word. Lets stop being hypocrites.

    Time to grow up.

  48. backfir3 says: Aug 1, 2013 1:18 AM

    Alot of this racial stuff is overblown if a black dude said this it wouldnt have even been an issue. The way he used it though and who he used it to there is not other way to take it other than racist. But honestly how many African Americans are really at a Kenny Chesney concert? Who was he going to fight besides the security guard? Def the liquid courage talking but i bet he would have bit his tounge if it was at a Jaz-y concert of something.

  49. rukkus1 says: Aug 1, 2013 1:27 AM

    The locker room will probably move on from it for the most part they are all grown men. There might be a couple of people who hold a grudge on it and they wouldnt be wrong to but its not the end of the world… Minus the negative word he used to imply he was gonna “jump the fence and fight everyone in here”… what he said was pretty funny. What got him so worked up in the first place?

  50. rukkus1 says: Aug 1, 2013 1:29 AM

    *what was him and the security guard going at it for****

  51. squatch9 says: Aug 1, 2013 1:36 AM

    Not saying it’s the most plausible one, but, it’s a theory.

  52. coachbeck says: Aug 1, 2013 4:24 AM

    This generation of kids say this word like it means nothing. White,black, Hispanic doesn’t matter.

  53. patriottony says: Aug 1, 2013 4:43 AM

    I will most gladly stop using that word,,,as soon as CHRIS ROCK, Rae Dawn Chong, Samuel Jackson, jessie jackson, harry belafonte, morgan freeman, jayz, and on and on and on……you wanna whats really bad,,,,I’m not even allowed to type the N word here or I will be banished by the censor,,,yet Most any channle I want I can see colored people calling each other “N”,,and yes I said COLORED,,why? Because the NAACP the National Association for the advancement of COLORED…….refuse to change their racist name,,so If I say COLORED, I’m offensive,,but if they send me something in the mail,,thats not right?

  54. snowman36 says: Aug 1, 2013 5:05 AM

    @jimmylions

    You have to be joking .
    >he won’t tolerate it from anyone else

    Please dude. Riley’s apology will not be sincere and he is sorry for the video going viral. He will continue to use this word.

  55. lagg1 says: Aug 1, 2013 5:30 AM

    Just a dumb peckerwood! Let’s face it we all have probably uttered words that we shouldn’t have said when WE WERE 10 OR 12. This is a grown man who plays in a team game for his living. Just wait when he catches a ball he will have a target on his back, chest, knees and head. If I were the Eagles management I would let him go. After all he has only caught 46 passes in three years.

  56. taron2in1 says: Aug 1, 2013 11:34 AM

    He said it and he meant it. Stop over thinking this. He represents a billion dollar organization and still has his job. Wow!!!

  57. taron2in1 says: Aug 1, 2013 12:09 PM

    Now it’s Hip Hop and all the Rappers fault he said this and it’s Ok. Entertainment and real life are two different things. If a black men said something racial at a Kenny Chesney concert to a White man what would happen?

  58. rukkus1 says: Aug 1, 2013 2:11 PM

    richndc says:Jul 31, 2013 10:58 PMI am white, but I will tell you this for sure. Every black person has (by necessity) had to judge whether or not any white person they meet will treat them fairly or to what degree they are racist. If this cat is a racist, I am sure it has already been noticed by his black teammates. But hey, it’s not like people ever talk about race or who is not cool with race or who is racist…if this guy is known to be the cracker he looked like in this video, well, this could get VERY interesting. His apology will ring kinda hollow in that case, no matter what is said publicly. Might be some black people in Philadelphia who have seen this video and may not buy his apology. I don’t know him, so I cannot say.

    ———————————–

    When youre busy using words like CRACKER to convey your feelings about him saying a racist word, whatever you say goes right out the window.

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