Lurie says Eagles are “shocked and appalled” by Cooper’s comments


With Riley Cooper being caught on camera using the strongest possible racial epithet, his employer is reacting.  Strongly.

“We are shocked and appalled by Riley Cooper’s words,” owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement issued by the team.  “This sort of behavior or attitude from anyone has no role in a civil society.  He has accepted responsibility for his words and his actions.  He has been fined for this incident.“

There’s a disconnect, it seems, between being “shocked and appalled” by an employee’s behavior and responding to it with only a fine.  Conduct that prompts shock and/or whatever the noun for “appalled” is in most workplaces will get the employee fired.

But here’s where the great double standard comes into play.  The Eagles need Cooper, especially with Jeremy Maclin gone for the year.  So they’ll say that what Cooper said was horrible — and they won’t fire him.

If he were floating at the bottom of the roster, he’d already be gone.

That’s the way it goes in sports of every kind and at every level.  Unless the conduct is grossly criminal (e.g., dogfighting or alleged murder), a skilled professional athlete gets his second chance with his current team.  Otherwise, one of the competing teams will be the team who provides the player with a shot at redemption — to the possible detriment of the team that cut him.

20 responses to “Lurie says Eagles are “shocked and appalled” by Cooper’s comments

  1. I don’t see him being cut. Suspended yes but cut no. They need him since J-Mac is done for the year. He needs to really man up and be responsible for his actions. Just stupid for what he said. He should be ashamed. Granted the N-bomb gets thrown around so casually that it may seem acceptable but it is not. If he is still playing, don’t be surprised if he has a target on him now.

  2. LOL Cooper was a bubble player to begin with. Sure Maclins injury made him more important, but there was no guarantee that he would even make the team this year.

  3. Cooper is fortunate Maclin got hurt and the Eagles need him. If not, he’d be released and no other team would touch him. His career would be over.

  4. He was contrite in his apology. A reprimand and some community work should suffice.

    He was stupid. Just don’t put him on that fool show Big Brother.

  5. The most shocking thing about Cooper is that the Eagles tried to go to deep to him with their season on the line in the 2010 Wild Card vs. Green Bay.

    INT and end of season.

  6. Marcus Vick was right to be offended by what Cooper said but come on Marcus stop being selfish and think about big bro. He has been through enough and now has to try to down plat your remarks, grow up Marcus. Hey Mike stop giving ur brother money, you owe him nothing. He is grown.

  7. Don’t be so sure the Eagles won’t cut Cooper. This just happened and before you jump all over the Eagles give it time to play out. From a football standpoint Cooper is easily replaced even with Macklin down.

  8. Should he have to apologize to his teammates, especially those of the race he slurred? Yes. Most DEFINATELY. To the owner, whose team gets a bad look in the public eye? Yes, absolutely.
    Should he be cut? no.

  9. tarmacjerry says: Jul 31, 2013 10:04 PM

    Oh my… I just watched the clip… he said it with hate in his heart… how does he still have a job?


    Where is clip? Haven’t been able to find it.

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