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Anonymous grumbling about Cooper begins

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As if the earlier remarks of LeSean McCoy were not indication enough, it’s now clear that Eagles coach Chip Kelly has a serious and perhaps defining situation on his hands thanks to Riley Cooper’s racist remark.

Via to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the anonymous players are beginning to sing, and they’re not signing “Kum ba yah.”

“I’ll tell you one thing, if it was Andy Reid, he would have gotten more than a fine,” one player said without using his name.

“The coaches are saying we should think team first, but this is just crazy,” another said. “Was he thinking about the team when he said that?”

“If he’s on the team, he’s on the team,” a player said. “Don’t mean I have to like him.”

The simple fact of the matter is, not every player on the roster is going to be as forgiving as quarterback Michael Vick, who is inclined to offer second chances having received a considerable one himself.

Kelly admitted concern with how the situation was going to play out, and whether his locker room would be divided.

Yeah, there is a concern with that,” Kelly said, via CSNPhilly.com. “Obviously, it’s a very hot topic and that’s why I encouraged our team [that] we’ve got to have some open communication so everybody knows what went on and what Riley is doing to atone for it.”

The easy choice for Kelly to make would be to deem Cooper more trouble than he’s worth, especially in light of the immediate anonymous backlash. If two or three guys are already chirping, more are in the background waiting to join the chorus, especially if they have no background with the third-year wideout.

And the question of value is a real one. Even with Jeremy Maclin out for the year, Cooper’s a guy who has caught 46 passes in three seasons. There are players on the street who could offer that, if not more.

But keeping him, managing the situation, and reeling in the strong emotions could also strengthen Kelly’s hold over the team.

That’s worth more, especially for a first year coach, than any single player. But Kelly’s going to have to handle this one delicately, because feelings are obviously raw, and they’re not going to be smoothed over today or tomorrow.

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  1. goraidersgospurs says: Aug 1, 2013 4:30 PM

    just release the turd and move on!!!!

  2. mdpickles says: Aug 1, 2013 4:30 PM

    So which is worse? A dog killer or a racist? To be honest, the Eagles would be a better team without both of them.

  3. steelbloggin says: Aug 1, 2013 4:31 PM

    Hey Riley, how many fights was that you said you’d have?

  4. staff2cj says: Aug 1, 2013 4:32 PM

    Send a message and cut him. Comments like this should not be tolerated. Kudos to the Food Network (see Paula Dean)

  5. justintuckrule says: Aug 1, 2013 4:33 PM

    His career is over. His only other option is to learn how to ice skate and join the NHL.

  6. officialmiamidolphinsspokesperson says: Aug 1, 2013 4:33 PM

    Im a black guy.

    This was blown out of proportion. If i was Mike Vick i would say:

    “I forgive him. Look, we all say some things we regret at some point in life. Coop had one of those moments, unfortunately it was on camera and broadcast to the nation. Honeslty, Coop comes to work everyday, works hard, and shows me respect. Thats all i care about. What he does on his own time or what he says on his own time isnt my business. Again we ALL have put our foot in our mouth at somepoint and i refuse to crucify him because he was filmed and broadcast. ..HEY RILEY! ITS ALL GOOD BRO. SHAKE IT OFF, WE GOT PRACTICE TOMORROW” ..

    and then i would shake his hand or give him dap.

    and THAT my friends is how you end the CYCLE #beabiggerperson

  7. pryor4heisman says: Aug 1, 2013 4:34 PM

    The eagles are CLASSLESS for not letting this racist go. Lets all be honest. If Macklin was still there, Cooper WOULDN’T be.

    They will be forever cursed because of this.

  8. racistchecker says: Aug 1, 2013 4:34 PM

    I can see Michael Vick throwing a touchdown pass to Cooper and no one celebrating with him.

    As a Non-White teammate, I wouldn’t be able to trust him but it does beg the question of how many other White players feel the same way but aren’t dumb enough to get caught saying it?

  9. rolandg337 says: Aug 1, 2013 4:34 PM

    Do something, if it was anybody else they a be suspended are cut,

  10. redbullenergydrink says: Aug 1, 2013 4:34 PM

    A week from now, everyone will go back to their normal lives.

  11. eaglesw00t says: Aug 1, 2013 4:35 PM

    I’ll preface this once again by stating I’m a black male.

    It sounds like a bunch of petulant hypocrites on our team right now. I never thought I would say it but I side with Mike Vick here.

  12. dryzzt23 says: Aug 1, 2013 4:36 PM

    Where is Cooper’s “second chance”? Vick kills dogs and he got a second chance.

    Oh he’s white…so no second chance for him.

  13. hotwings4u says: Aug 1, 2013 4:36 PM

    Feel bad for Cooper. Opposing defenses (black players) are going to kill him once the games start.

    That’s if he is still on the Eagles roster…..

  14. norseyapper says: Aug 1, 2013 4:36 PM

    So what are the chances of him going over the middle to catch a pass in one of the next practices and having his head taken off by one or more of his less “forgiving” teammates?

  15. truthfactory says: Aug 1, 2013 4:36 PM

    Not condoning his choice of words at all. But everyone look around you right now. Chances are whoever you’re looking at has used that word before, or another derogatory word at some point in their life. Usually its in the heat of an angry moment. Just because his got caught on tape, now he doesnt deserve a job??

    Its unfortunate, but he who is without sin should cast the first stone.

  16. rl52hof says: Aug 1, 2013 4:37 PM

    It’s funny how yesterday in one of your posts Riley wasn’t a scrub. Now, today it’s, “There are players on the street who could offer that, if not more.”

    So, which is it?

  17. donth8thehorns says: Aug 1, 2013 4:37 PM

    Wow! Schism! Get ahold of the team!
    Seriously??? This has really manifested into something far to big!!! Typical eagles

  18. Kaz says: Aug 1, 2013 4:37 PM

    Why do non african americans always try to use the fact that black people use the word to justify their use of it. If you got mad at your mom/wife/husband/child and called him/her stupid while talking about it to me. does that mean I can? Would? or Should? 9 times out of 10 you wouldn’t.

    Black people use the word, but not like you think. Not as a sign to lynch someone, or not let them use the same bathroom as you. Not because they ran away from you and you want to whip them. Not because you want to rape them so that you can have free labor. Not because you want to sick dogs on them… Stop them from voting. The problem with non blacks using it is you don’t know and can’t trust what they mean by it.

    Personally I don’t think any race should use it. It’s a horrible word and reminder of one of the worst times in American history for a whole race of people. But just because Black people use it shouldn’t be the excuse for non blacks to use it like they keep pointing to as an excuse. If you use it’s because you want to. And the reasoning behind your use of it is all on you.

  19. siggtacular says: Aug 1, 2013 4:37 PM

    Cut the racist

  20. ud1hens says: Aug 1, 2013 4:38 PM

    I hate “unnamed sources” and “players who wished to remain anonymous.” You are a grown man, step out from behind the curtain and own up to your opinion. It just seems cowardly that you’d talk about something through a reporter…if you feel it, own up to it.

  21. prmpft says: Aug 1, 2013 4:39 PM

    jesse jackson & rev. sharpton will soon be on the scene (wearing eagles hoodies)- this is approaching Tebomania proportions

  22. rex1979 says: Aug 1, 2013 4:39 PM

    goraidersgospurs says:
    Aug 1, 2013 4:30 PM
    just release the turd and move on!!!!

    _________________

    But if you release the turd it will be an Eagle in the Super Bowl!

  23. norseyapper says: Aug 1, 2013 4:40 PM

    Hey officialmiamidolphinsspokesperson you got a cumbersome handle but your thoughts are spot on. Be the bigger man, move on…and that’s how this garbage gets defeated.

  24. nagganike says: Aug 1, 2013 4:40 PM

    Stop calling him a racist. He made a stupid comment. It does not make anyone a racist. I’m sure McCoy has used white slang terms in life as most all of us have

  25. ibreathefootball says: Aug 1, 2013 4:40 PM

    Anonymous reports are bogus, don’t read into them. Put your name by it, if you stand for it.

  26. vsica1 says: Aug 1, 2013 4:41 PM

    OMG this is getting out of hand. I can assure you everyone on the team has said something racist about another group. They just happened to not get recorded. Any of these players still castrating him for this are complete hypocrites. I’m not saying everyone’s racist but everyone’s said something racist before in their lives. I assume they hated him prior to this and are using this as a spark.

  27. nfl4days says: Aug 1, 2013 4:42 PM

    Funny how Vick forgave and defended Cooper and he still gets attacked. I’m black and think they need to get over it. They’re gonna cost this man his job over a mistake.

  28. whatnojets says: Aug 1, 2013 4:42 PM

    What has the NFL become??

    A bunch of law-breaking, over paid bigots, morons, illiterates, alcoholics, wife beaters, girlfriends smackers, womanizer’s, adulteress , over weight, uneducated and self centered group!!

  29. nineroutsider says: Aug 1, 2013 4:42 PM

    Removing my opinion and thinking as the coach here, I would have cut him almost immediately after this came out (of course I’d have some research done to verify everything).

    Talk about a hostile work environment, they way he said it can’t be smoothed over. He has to go. It would have been a smart move for Chip to gain immediate respect, but he missed that chance now and needs to quickly drop him to avoid a mutiny.

    White guys can use the term if done properly, with an ‘a’ at the end and used to say what up ____ or something like that, but not they way he used it.

    For all of you screaming about it being a double standard…get a clue! They were called that for centuries and turned it into a term of endearment towards each other. We white guys don’t get to be part of that club…deal with it. Of course, you are going to say what you say behind closed doors anyway, but disguise your thinly veiled racism a little better.

    Also, they never say it with an ‘er’ at the end like that. Cooper deserves all that he is getting and more…

  30. qbcoach9 says: Aug 1, 2013 4:43 PM

    If Maclin wasn’t hurt, he’d probably be gone, but since he is, Chip needs all the help he can get, and Cooper is a big wr with good hands who needs to step up. His views don’t change his ability to play, so the rest of the team is going to have to put up and shut up going forward. First year of a new head coach, nobody’s position is safe in the long term, so if they’re smart, they’ll let the storm pass.

  31. ace8842 says: Aug 1, 2013 4:45 PM

    Don’t release him. Players are paid to be professional. Republicans and Democrats must get along. Pro union guys and and right to work guys. Pro gay marriage and traditional marriage guys…you aren’t paid to like everyone on the team. Geez…

    The Philly media is going to try to blow this out of proportion…we better not be talking about it in a day or two. Andy Reid and the team forgave Vick for far, far larger transgressions.

  32. steelnucs says: Aug 1, 2013 4:47 PM

    “There are players on the street who could offer that, if not more.”

    An idiotic statement for an idiotic story.

    This will soon be as out of control as the “gay players please come out” story.

    Please make it stop.

  33. jack3dsd says: Aug 1, 2013 4:47 PM

    anybody have any idea how many white remarks this guy has probably heard in his career?

  34. onebucplace says: Aug 1, 2013 4:47 PM

    Remember when PFT wasn’t the TMZ of football? Yeah, me neither.

  35. nyyjetsknicks says: Aug 1, 2013 4:48 PM

    dryzzt23 says:
    Aug 1, 2013 4:36 PM
    Where is Cooper’s “second chance”? Vick kills dogs and he got a second chance.

    Oh he’s white…so no second chance for him.

    _________________

    Did people not say negative things about Vick when the dog fighting charges were brought?

  36. patriots420 says: Aug 1, 2013 4:50 PM

    officialmiamidolphinsspokesperson says:
    Aug 1, 2013 4:33 PM
    Im a black guy.

    This was blown out of proportion. If i was Mike Vick i would say:

    “I forgive him. Look, we all say some things we regret at some point in life. Coop had one of those moments, unfortunately it was on camera and broadcast to the nation. Honeslty, Coop comes to work everyday, works hard, and shows me respect. Thats all i care about. What he does on his own time or what he says on his own time isnt my business. Again we ALL have put our foot in our mouth at somepoint and i refuse to crucify him because he was filmed and broadcast. ..HEY RILEY! ITS ALL GOOD BRO. SHAKE IT OFF, WE GOT PRACTICE TOMORROW” ..

    and then i would shake his hand or give him dap.

    and THAT my friends is how you end the CYCLE #beabiggerperson

    ———————————

    Comment of the year. You have my utmost respect from a patriots fan.

    Also kudos to Vick, him coming out in support may have won him the starting job, showing true unmasked leadership during a trying situation with class and grace shows just how far e has come and I would not hesitate pointing to his transformation to my students or kids as on to look upon in reverence saying “this is how you take advantage of a second chance”

  37. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 1, 2013 4:50 PM

    While the media is blowing this way out of proportion, and people are being overly-sensitive, the Eagles, as a football organization, should realize that Cooper will only divide the team at this point. Because of that, they should release him. He will simply be more of a problem in the locker room than he will be an asset on the field.

  38. 106reasons says: Aug 1, 2013 4:51 PM

    What Riley said was deplorable, and needed to be punished.

    …but is anyone else just a little disturbed that public/player sentiment is seemingly much stronger against him than it was against a player who actually killed someone in a drunk driving accident (Stallworth)?

    Personally, I don’t think drunk talking is anywhere near as bad as drunk driving.

  39. johndont says: Aug 1, 2013 4:52 PM

    Solution = Paint the football black and white. Done

  40. salvi18 says: Aug 1, 2013 4:52 PM

    Bottom line is he said a stupid thing and now it is blown out of proportion, give the race thing a rest others have said far worse especially on ESPN! White, black, chinese whatever just play ball and be men, life is too short to harp on a stupid thin that came out of a stupid guys mouth

  41. redskinfansince82 says: Aug 1, 2013 4:52 PM

    He’s Toast!

    Signed Deangalo Hall.

  42. stoutfiles says: Aug 1, 2013 4:52 PM

    Kelly has no choice now. He has to make out with Cooper in front of the whole team for a few minutes. It’ll be so awkward and uncomfortable that everyone will forget about the racism.

  43. twreck13 says: Aug 1, 2013 4:53 PM

    You know how many times Cooper probably hears that word during practice?? Sorry that many African Americans have desensitized everyone to the word because many use it as slang twice per sentence.

  44. phiddysent says: Aug 1, 2013 4:53 PM

    Everyone wants equality, right? So then lets apply the same standard across the board. What do teams, or the NFL, do when a player makes a derogatory comment about women, gays or any other group of “protected” individuals? It’s always a fine and some sensitivity training. So why would they crucify Cooper for this situation? Simply because the protected group happens to be black? I’m in no way condoning his comment…but you folks want to apply stiffer penalties on selective situations…and that throws all of the historical battles for equality out the window. A person should not be banished from their career over a stupid comment. He’s being publicly humiliated, he’s being fined, and he’s going to have to attend specified training. That’s the same exact punishment that has been applied to similar situations in the NFL, the NBA and other professional sports. Get over it people. I guarantee 90% of the black players on that roster have made a gay slur before. Quit being a bunch of hypocrits.

  45. ralphtherealravenfan says: Aug 1, 2013 4:53 PM

    First of all, there’s no comparison between a dog killer and a racist. Killing dogs or any animal needlessly is senseless, EVIL, and should be addressed through the legal system. Which in Mike Vick’s case, it was and he got exactly what he deserved.

    However that isn’t anywhere on the scale of a racist or racist attitude. Racists in this country have a loooong history of genocide against blacks and Native Americans. So let’s not even pretend that those two crimes are tantamount, because they’re not. Although upon reconsidering, America has shown itself to care more for animals than humans who happen to be a different race than white….But moving on…

    I don’t think Riley Cooper is an out and out racist per se. I think he just revealed a part of his personality in a drunken stupor. I don’t see him as someone with real vitriol and hate for a whole race of people. This is America, which was built on the backs of slaves in free labor. Our modern day society’s refusal to come to terms with that, choosing rather to smooth it over with civil rights laws to placate the masses, doesn’t fully address the wounds of the past. Therefore through the years, it is the very definition of being American to have *some* sort of prejudice for other races. I think it comes from general ignorance, and lack of understanding of each other. We don’t talk. We assume what a whole race of people’s feelings are based on Fox News and straw polls based on an agenda.

    What Riley Cooper did was wrong, yes. But he should be given the opportunity to redeem himself. I hope he gets that chance. And please, spare me the “double standard” bullcrap. Don’t show yourself as a closet racist. What you and your family call each other among yourselves gives me no right to call you that too. We don’t have that relationship or understanding of each other for that to be remotely ok to do. And if you don’t understand that, than hopefully your children will because you’re a lost cause.

  46. waterboy420 says: Aug 1, 2013 4:53 PM

    A word only has as much power as YOU give it. There is not any words that are going to hurt me much less define me. Officialmiamispokesman I couldn’t agree more. Lets all put on our big boy pants here. It’s funny that children are tougher than adults in this country anymore. Remember what we said on the playground when we were kids and someone said something mean or hurtful? Something like sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me. It’s time for the adults to stop acting more thin skinned and childish than children.

  47. seankp822 says: Aug 1, 2013 4:55 PM

    No excuses for Cooper, he was in the wrong 100%. But how many black players (or anyone in general) have said something derogatory about anyone of a different race kidding or not? My guess is a lot.

    Get over it, he was wrong and is going to pay for it. Can the season begin already?

  48. fwippel says: Aug 1, 2013 4:55 PM

    If Riley Cooper was a black man, and had said the same words, would we even know about it? Something to think about.

  49. edelmanfanclub says: Aug 1, 2013 4:55 PM

    The older I get the more I rationalize things. Feel free to thumbs down if you don’t agree. Cooper is an employee of the Eagles. So because he uttered a racial slur while (very likely) under the influence his base salary was reduced due to a fine. This is because he is white. Now if someone who is of African American decent uses the same term (regardless of the context) there is no way he would be fined. Isn’t that racist too?! Double Standard. A very big one. Btw, I’m Indian and a Patriots Fan.

  50. bsaleen12 says: Aug 1, 2013 4:55 PM

    Cooper owned up to his comments, can’t say the same for his teammates that are giving quotes to the media under “anonymous”.

    If it bothers you that much, put your name on the comment.

  51. koolaidcircusbeast says: Aug 1, 2013 4:56 PM

    There’s also the travesty of Cooper wearing a “Git-R-Done” shirt to think about; should the player’s consider this trashy garb just as tasteless?

  52. vicnocal says: Aug 1, 2013 4:56 PM

    I used to be a very good student at school. I’d get nothing but straight As and all my teachers liked me and liked the quality of my work.

    However, on more than one occasion, I failed to turn in a homework assignment, or came to class hungover and kept falling asleep the whole time, or just blew off the class altogether and went to the movies instead.

    Those were instances of bad student behavior. However, it didn’t mean that I was a bad student.

  53. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 1, 2013 4:57 PM

    nyyjetsknicks says:
    Aug 1, 2013 4:48 PM
    dryzzt23 says:
    Aug 1, 2013 4:36 PM
    Where is Cooper’s “second chance”? Vick kills dogs and he got a second chance.

    Oh he’s white…so no second chance for him.

    _________________

    Did people not say negative things about Vick when the dog fighting charges were brought?

    _________________

    Vick also spent 2 years in prison…. and lost just about all the money he had.

    People may disagree with my, my wife certainly does, but I think he’s paid his debt to society.

  54. ducksouped says: Aug 1, 2013 4:58 PM

    I bet this is hardly worse than what you could hear in any locker room on a daily basis. He doesnt need counseling. Reality check is needed for everyone who acts like he just ran over their dog.

  55. bensstinkyfingers says: Aug 1, 2013 4:58 PM

    What’s the over and under for Sharpton or Jesse showing up to protest outside Eagles training camp in the next few days?

  56. @HowdyDoobie says: Aug 1, 2013 4:59 PM

    It’s not just that he said it, it’s how he said it. That’s the reason he should be punished.

  57. officialmiamidolphinsspokesperson says: Aug 1, 2013 4:59 PM

    Waterboy420. Exactly. thank you for seeing through the fog

  58. nineroutsider says: Aug 1, 2013 4:59 PM

    @ace8842 – Yes but that still stings many African-Americans in a very deep way that we (white people) could never fully understand. I think you have to know the full history of American slavery, Jim Crow laws, etc to fully understand it unless you lived it. It was worse than what is taught in k-high school education. It’s not the same as being republican or democrat. I get what you are saying, but its something they will think about every time when they look at him. A nasty fight will happen. Its not a good situation and Riley Cooper isn’t worth that drama. Chip could have turned this into something to gain respect in the locker room, a locker room that I said when he was first hired he would lose pretty quickly given his demeanor. Hope I’m wrong, but its already starting earlier than I thought it would. He needs to play his hand right or be the next Ritchie Kotite.

  59. blackstrat says: Aug 1, 2013 5:00 PM

    Don’t we have the freedom in this country to get caught saying something stupid and insensitive without losing your job over it, as some of you intolerant folks suggest?
    In fact, some people of all colors harbor racist feelings.
    Are you going to deny them (should you be able to flush them out) all jobs in this free country?
    Sick of all the pc pressure to deny the freedom so many have fought and sacrificed for.

  60. zukny1 says: Aug 1, 2013 5:01 PM

    for god sakes.. It’s a WORD

    I’m all for him apologizing and talking w/ his teammates, but for people to say: “he should be kicked off the team.” FOR A WORD

    It’s not like he killed dogs, or ran over a person while driving drunk. The man freaking used the wrong word. IT IS A WORD.

    Get over yourselves. And the players need/will get over it in time as well. It wasn’t said to them and if they have any clue they would understand that just because someone calls Person A a name, it doesn’t mean they are calling their entire team that name.

    This ain’t 1960

  61. officialmiamidolphinsspokesperson says: Aug 1, 2013 5:01 PM

    “STICKS AND STONES MAY BREAK MY BONES BUT WORDS WILL NEVER HURT ME”

    - me since kindergarten

  62. bernbeard says: Aug 1, 2013 5:03 PM

    If we were all on camera all the time nobody would like anybody!!??

  63. jaggedmark says: Aug 1, 2013 5:03 PM

    A growing snowball rolling downhill. Never ends well.

  64. deathonwings410 says: Aug 1, 2013 5:03 PM

    Riley Cooper incident happens and white people are still talking about Mike Vick/dog killing. Lol!

  65. dryzzt23 says: Aug 1, 2013 5:06 PM

    Black players don’t know what it’s like to be white, therefore they can never ever comment nor can they assume, what it’s like to be a white player who is denied the opportunity to play RB or CB in the NFL.

    The next time a black player makes a “slow white boy” comment regarding a white WR or SS/FS, that player had better be fined and/or suspended immediately in addition to a full-on hate fest by the sports media (just like they’ve done to Cooper).

  66. flipola says: Aug 1, 2013 5:08 PM

    I wonder how many of these “anonymous” guys are behind Cooper on the depth chart.

    The same people that are pissed about this are the same people that have used the term “creepy ass cracker” recently.

  67. olhoss1884 says: Aug 1, 2013 5:08 PM

    I know Riley Cooper went to a Kenny Chesney concert, but I still think he deserves a second chance.

  68. 6packsteelers says: Aug 1, 2013 5:08 PM

    All the people talking about how Vick is much worse don’t have a clue! While I admit what Vick did was reprehensible in no way does it compare to Cooper. Cooper plays a team sport and the majority of his team is African American. Football is about camaraderie, how can those players trust someone that they think feels a certain (negative) way about them? He’s probably 4th or 5th on the depth chart even with Maclin out. Cut your losses and send him packin. He’ll be out of the league guaranteed within 2 years.

  69. cfballfan1 says: Aug 1, 2013 5:10 PM

    Maybe they should hang him from a goal post.

  70. modellforprez says: Aug 1, 2013 5:12 PM

    I was just upstairs listening to my new Will Smith CD and i thought cooper the pooper was just telling everybody what his Favorite NAS album is

  71. ravenouso says: Aug 1, 2013 5:14 PM

    I’m black first off and I didn’t take offense to what Cooper said. It wasn’t a good thing for him to say but at the same time lets remember he WAS drunk. I dont take what inebriated people say seriously no matter what the subject. A fine was good enough. He damaged his own reputation which is punishment enough.

  72. thirdistheworrd says: Aug 1, 2013 5:15 PM

    pryor4heisman says: Aug 1, 2013 4:34 PM

    The eagles are CLASSLESS for not letting this racist go. Lets all be honest. If Macklin was still there, Cooper WOULDN’T be.

    They will be forever cursed because of this.
    _________
    truthfactory says: Aug 1, 2013 4:36 PM

    Not condoning his choice of words at all. But everyone look around you right now. Chances are whoever you’re looking at has used that word before, or another derogatory word at some point in their life. Usually its in the heat of an angry moment. Just because his got caught on tape, now he doesnt deserve a job??

    Its unfortunate, but he who is without sin should cast the first stone.
    _________________
    I was going to respond to pryorforheisman, but truthfactory has it spot on. As a black man, I am very offended by the words that came out of Cooper’s mouth, but as a realistic human being, I understand that many people have thoughts similar to this, or say something stupid, obscene, and uncalled for in the heat of the moment or to impress the group they are associating with. As much as I hate the Eagles, the organization should not be held responsible for Cooper’s actions or the potential of his release.

    If I discovered that someone I knew held prejudices against me because of the color of my skin, I would cease to associate with that person. But it simply isn’t realistic for me to run thorough psychological batteries on every new person I meet to find evidence of bigotry. Similarly, Cooper has proven himself a racist, or at very least an idiot, and he will receive his just comeuppance every time he runs a crossing route this Fall.

    But unless the NFL goes on an all-out witch hunt for racists in the league and expels all of them, Cooper’s only crime is getting caught (though that in no way excuses his behavior). Unless his gaffe causes problems in the locker room (and one could certainly see that happening), the Eagles have no obligation to release him.

    Basically, everyone is entitled to their own views and sentiments, and while those beliefs may make one a bad person, expressing them should not necessitate official sanctions; short of abuse of a woman or child (Perrish Cox’s NFL salary is a disgrace to professional sports).

  73. audient says: Aug 1, 2013 5:15 PM

    You know what is precious? When white people cry that it is unfair that they can’t use the N-word like black people can. Life is so unfair, that I can’t spout off like a racist and suffer the consequences.

    Kudos to Vick, of all people, for being the bigger man about it. Maybe he did learn something from his mistake after all.

  74. finsguy says: Aug 1, 2013 5:16 PM

    I think this puts Chip in a bad spot, he didn’t cut him immediately so if he does it now it will look like he is caving under pressure.

    If he doesn’t it looks like he is insensitive to many on his team and he will also have a divided locker room.

    Oddly, this situation REALLY helps Mike Vick in a couple of ways. First, kuddos to him (whether you agree with it or not) for assuming a leadership role and supporting a teammate when he had good reason not to. Second, since Chip didn’t cut Cooper if he then decides to start Foles there is going to be even more resentment from many on his team.

    I hope Chip goes with Vick, to me it was always an easy choice anyway but if this situation nudges him in that direction at least some good has come out of it.

  75. browniebuck says: Aug 1, 2013 5:16 PM

    WOW!!! His words were offensive, no doubt. Was it the first time that he has used the word, as he claims? Doubtful. Does he hate all African Americans? No.

    By blowing this up the way that we have, we are setting race relations back decades. Sooner or later, we have to realize that he made an ignorant, ill informed, disrespectful as hell comment…he didn’t go out and act his comment out, he didn’t hit the African American security guard, he didn’t DO anything. He is guilty of being ignorant. He is guilty of bad judgement, impaired or not.

    The players that are cowardly talking negatively about him need to man up and put their name to their comments and/or go face to face to Cooper to address their concerns. This “I don’t want my name attached to my comments” BS is simply that, BS. If you have a beef with someone, their words, their actions, etc…, sack up and talk the beef out face to face, otherwise you are a coward.

    That said…if he shows anything like this again, THEN you move him out. Use this as an opportunity to educate him, be the bigger person.

  76. Stiller43 says: Aug 1, 2013 5:17 PM

    Herm Edwards said it best on ESPN.

    He said something like, “my parents always told me, ‘we gave you a great name…and if someone calls you another name, dont worry about it, because thats not you.’”

    I wish others would take the same approach…

  77. godofwine330 says: Aug 1, 2013 5:19 PM

    Stop bringing Michael Vick’s dogs into this. They were just dogs. And pit bulls – the most vicious of all dogs, no less. How are 2% of the dog population going to account for 62% of the maulings? When I feed live mice to my snake they are just mice. Are they animals? Yes, but they are animals, meaning worth less than people. People say Vick was forgiven for killing dogs when the crime he was convicted of wasn’t for killing dogs. I value people, even Riley Cooper’s racist behind, more than some animal’s life.

  78. nineroutsider says: Aug 1, 2013 5:20 PM

    dryzzt23 says: Aug 1, 2013 5:06 PM

    Black players don’t know what it’s like to be white, therefore they can never ever comment nor can they assume, what it’s like to be a white player who is denied the opportunity to play RB or CB in the NFL.

    The next time a black player makes a “slow white boy” comment regarding a white WR or SS/FS, that player had better be fined and/or suspended immediately in addition to a full-on hate fest by the sports media (just like they’ve done to Cooper).
    —————————————————-
    OK cool, but swing by my place and make sure to bring the family, your extended family too, so that I can show what slavery was like circa 1850 in the American South. Then the following week I will show you the Jim Crow era and the civil rights era. You’ll have a blast bro. I’ve studied it quite a bit and know all of the in and outs of it that aren’t taught in k-8/high school education, so I’ll be sure to give you a very thorough experience.

  79. GenXJay says: Aug 1, 2013 5:21 PM

    the Russians are laughing.

  80. truckenlauten says: Aug 1, 2013 5:25 PM

    GET OVER IT. He made a mistake and said he was sorry and also fined. How many of you can look in the mirror and say in all my lifetime i have never said that word.?

  81. mossyroad says: Aug 1, 2013 5:26 PM

    Great post by Kaz. The fact that it received so many negative votes is telling.

    Cooper’s problem is that he just doesn’t get it. Sure, he’s sorry. Of course he’s sorry! Only the apology was hardly believable. He’s only said the word once in his life? He said it twice in the clip, and it came out pretty easy. It seems like he just wants to say sorry and have everyone move on and forget.

    I’m surprised no one has compared this to Aaron Hernandez yet. A history of enabling and no doubt hanging out with many people who share the same feelings ideas he does, followed by self-character/career assassination.

    I get the feeling if he went all out and admitted he has been racist before and would be denouncing it and actually trying to raise awareness about it he would be turning on those good ol’ boys — and maybe in time make a few friends back in the locker room — no sign of that yet though.

  82. hor2012 says: Aug 1, 2013 5:26 PM

    I think the time has come in American to redefine our understanding of what a racist is. Riley Cooper used a word that I’ve heard and even used myself. Now, I’m a middle age african american male- and yes to all white americans that makes it alright from this context. The meaning of the word when used by african americans carries a different context than when it’s used by other ethnic groups. When it’s used by most-not all but most white americans it’s meant only to demean. Now, in this case. I don’t know Cooper. But, I just didn’t get a sense that he’s a racist. And, in this context in which he uttered the word it would be more likely that he meant it to issue a challange. The real issue here is that we in American finally admitt that we still have some issue to work through. And, that’s alright. This Nation isn’t really that old. And, slavery isn’t ancient history. Honestly I think we as a nation have come a long way. Things like this just should serve as a reminder that we have a ways to go. As far as mr Cooper is concerned. Let’s just move on. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s used the word or at least heard it being uttered by Black players on the team. This just isn’t that serious people.

  83. mrpowers88 says: Aug 1, 2013 5:29 PM

    I sure hope these players have never/do not:

    1. Use/used the slur at issue here in regular/semi-regular conversation-especially in the locker room

    2. Listen to/like rap music where this slur is used regularly (Here’s lookin at you Desean Jackson, I just listened to “Diamonds on my Neck” where you may not have dropped an n-bomb, but Snoop sure did-I’m sure you had an issue with it then)

    Because if they did/do either of these, they are hypocrites. It doesn’t excuse Cooper, but at the same time it shouldn’t get him cut.

  84. cuda1234 says: Aug 1, 2013 5:35 PM

    So let me get this straight – there are separate rules for blacks and whites regarding this word and liberals are determined to keep it that way. So let’s apply that logic and have separate restrooms and water fountains, too. And maybe separate but equal football leagues, too. Is that what liberal “logic” is teaching us?

  85. patfic15 says: Aug 1, 2013 5:42 PM

    Cracker is the only excusable term, Riley.

  86. bigmabel0916 says: Aug 1, 2013 5:45 PM

    Look, I keep hearing the phrase double standard thrown around surrounding this issue because the black players use the word all the time. Are there really people having trouble grasping the difference between how Cooper used the word and the way black players use it. I grew up in a melting pot of a town where black people, Hispanics, Asians, and whites all used the word as a term of endearment. Obviously this is not acceptable everywhere in the United States because frankly we are not there yet as a people. Older folks are always going to see that word as a reminder of what African-Americans went through as a people. Especially in the South where racial tensions are still very strong. I’ve come to the the conclusion that there is always going to be racism. There is acceptable racism such as the jokes that Chris Rock and Louis CK tell, and then there’s this. There was hate in his remark, even if for a moment. That’s the difference. This is going to haunt him for the rest of his career and always affect his relationships with his teammates.

  87. whatjusthapped says: Aug 1, 2013 5:50 PM

    For the first time in a long time, I found a reason to respect Mike Vick. Forgiveness is hardly ever easy but it takes a big man to lead the way.

    Forgiveness is not strictly a Christian concept but is often promoted from the pulpit. That’s why the secular progressives who are advocating that the Eagles cut ties with Riley Cooper can’t understand its core concept. They lack the courage to forgive.

  88. bigjd says: Aug 1, 2013 5:56 PM

    Seems like Riley’s teammates are showing their true colors.

  89. nflpoker says: Aug 1, 2013 5:58 PM

    One time in my life, I unfortunately used that word. I never used it before or since. I was wrong to say it. It was out of character, because I judge a person for who they are and not as a group. That was the way I was brought up. But before you condemn me, please note that I have friends who are of a different race, ethnic group, religion, etc.. So look in the mirror and say you haven’t said or done anything you wish had not done.

  90. theuglitruth says: Aug 1, 2013 6:09 PM

    Cooper Apologists….46 catches…is it really worth it to you to keep sticking up for this guy. It’s not like he’s good or anything.

  91. sandersmarcus10 says: Aug 1, 2013 6:17 PM

    dryzzt23 says:
    Aug 1, 2013 4:36 PM
    Where is Cooper’s “second chance”? Vick kills dogs and he got a second chance.

    Oh he’s white…so no second chance for him.

    ^^^Vick didnt get no second chance right off the bat he went to jail, was labeled the ONLY DOG killer in the WORLD before he got a chance. Like dog fighting has stopped at all. And once this clears the fact will still remain he aint the first or last to say it.

  92. hendeeze says: Aug 1, 2013 6:19 PM

    While Public acknowledgement is of attending a Kenny Chensy concert is punishment in of itself. Riley does deserve to feel all the heat people will give him.

  93. 10kmp says: Aug 1, 2013 6:21 PM

    @audient says:

    You know what is precious? When white people cry that it is unfair that they can’t use the N-word like black people can. Life is so unfair, that I can’t spout off like a racist and suffer the consequences.

    Kudos to Vick, of all people, for being the bigger man about it. Maybe he did learn something from his mistake after all.
    —————————————–
    “A mistake”… Is that what you call an adult man abusing, terrorizing and violently killing innocent animals? A mistake??? That’s rich. Now Cooper? He made a “mistake”. He said something unacceptable, on the spur of the (drunken) moment. That’s a “mistake”. In addition, Mike Vick is disagreeing with his moronic brother Marcus for many reasons, I’m sure. Public relations, to not be viewed as a hypocrite, to distance himself, family be damned, from an idiot like Marcus Vick. Mike Vick’s crime was premeditated, violent, psychotic and disgusting. That’s far more than a “mistake”. Marcus Vick and his 1k bounty on Cooper was also premeditated. All three of these guys (the brothers Vick and Cooper) seem like dopes to me, but on an idiot scale of 1-10 with ten being the king of idiocy, Cooper is, by a wide margin, the lesser of three evils.

  94. seabronco says: Aug 1, 2013 6:22 PM

    Get over it. Shut up. Let him play

  95. allhailkingflacco says: Aug 1, 2013 6:22 PM

    Cooper deserves credit in my opinion. He stood out there on his own and took it like a man, in front of the media, cameras, mics, cell phones, all on him.

    He didn’t just make a statement, he opened it up for questions and answered every single one. This went on for 7 minutes which had to feel like an eternity.

    Pathetic that people get so worked up over one word. I wonder if these same people have a word that could be spoken aloud that would bring an equal amount of joy to their lives. I seriously doubt it.

    Stop focusing on the negative, it’s real simple.

  96. mf8590 says: Aug 1, 2013 6:33 PM

    This clown just didn’t disrespect his black teammates but the black population in general. Sooner or later the Eagles will have to release him so save face and do it now. His career as an NFL player is over. Once a racist always a racist

  97. footballchic777 says: Aug 1, 2013 7:02 PM

    Oh my goodness! The dog killer forgives the guy who makes the derogatory remark, and some other guy who was not the target of the derogatory remark takes offense and wants him gone. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone! It will be a stone free environment!

  98. slick50ks says: Aug 1, 2013 7:11 PM

    Obama, Sharpton and Jessie Jackson are loving this.

    Anything to continue the divide of our country makes these “people” relevant.

  99. gooolions says: Aug 1, 2013 7:13 PM

    Your QB is a psychopath you have bigger things to worry about…

  100. eagles512 says: Aug 1, 2013 7:13 PM

    What he said is reprehensible but why is it all people are talking about when what Cruz and Roddy White said is much much worse. Answer-the media.

  101. TheWizard says: Aug 1, 2013 7:16 PM

    I’m sick of hearing / talking about race all the time.

    We’re in a county where everybody has opportunity.

    It doesn’t get better than that.

  102. rationalitybias says: Aug 1, 2013 7:24 PM

    You have “sing” then “signing”.

  103. plumbstl says: Aug 1, 2013 7:33 PM

    This can be workedout

    This can be worked out very easy, just let Mr. Cooper go out this weekend and make good on his words that will put a end to all of this and we can get too Football!!!

  104. Sometimes Interesting says: Aug 1, 2013 7:47 PM

    If a word is offensive for one guy to use it, nobody should use it.

  105. officialgame says: Aug 1, 2013 7:51 PM

    Those anonymous guys better do their job on the field or they will be unceremoniously cut.

  106. mikemac1027 says: Aug 1, 2013 7:52 PM

    Excellent analysis of the situation Darin!

  107. vertskate900 says: Aug 1, 2013 8:00 PM

    Darin Gantt, have you ever spoken any slurs or vulgarities in your life?

  108. girthbrooks2013 says: Aug 1, 2013 8:03 PM

    hey i am American Indian!I am Irish Too!….Get over it!….The Miami Spokesperson above said it best…..But isn’t the real culprit here King Alcohol? Without the booze it all seems highly unlikely….Like I said….Part Irish i am

  109. SAV says: Aug 1, 2013 8:07 PM

    Blame it on alc-alc-alcohol blame it on the alc-alc-alcohol…

    Dream team anyone?

  110. SAV says: Aug 1, 2013 8:09 PM

    Who acts hard at a Kenny Chesney concert? lmao Next time you gonna act tough and say that do it at a Jay-Z show cowboy

  111. thermanmerman99 says: Aug 1, 2013 8:27 PM

    what about white WR’s who deal with racist stereotypes by black defenders, calling them “white boy” and other derogatory terms, this has been mentioned, the white WR in green bay whose name escapes me at the moment, even said that black defenders talk racist trash to him and they underestimate his skills, yet this never makes national news. of course we all know why

  112. robgilman says: Aug 1, 2013 8:38 PM

    Woah it’s just like Remember the Titans!

  113. nyjetsfan08 says: Aug 1, 2013 8:42 PM

    I wouldn’t even be against a suspension. But the guy will have suffered humiliation beyond belief. You can lose game checks. You can lose play time. But when you lose the respect of your peers, and you are put on display in the manner in which Cooper is, sitting on the sideline by himself, you know he’s contrite and sorry and this will change him. Long after the story dies down, even long after the players start learning to respect him and when he exits the game, he will still be feeling it. This will stick with him. This is a far worse humiliation than Te’o’s fake girlfriend fiasco. The latter was labeled a gullible, childish buffoon. The former stands to be called a racist bigot, something far worse in our society.

    I think a lot of the reaction from these players is 80% emotional (which is fair) and 20% logical. But when the emotions die down and reasoning comes back into the fore-front, I hope most of them would feel him being shunned by his team is the worst punishment of all. If the Eagles or the NFL suspend him, so be it.

    What’s fascinating is, and it was discussed on radio, Stephen A. Smith applauded Bill O’reilly for articulating that the black community spends so much time on the N-word and not enough time, focus, and resources on bettering their community. Maybe we can all learn something.

  114. fdugrad says: Aug 1, 2013 8:46 PM

    Coach Herm would say,” Put your name on it!”

  115. blueagle78 says: Aug 1, 2013 8:59 PM

    Bring Gary Fencik, Chuck Cecil and John Lynch out of retirement to handle their business…then, can’t blame it on racism. That’ll learn him!

  116. clayme52 says: Aug 1, 2013 9:56 PM

    Hey nineroutsider… were you or any of us present for any of those events? What’s that, no? Oh… so stop trying to get special treatment for it

  117. sillec28 says: Aug 1, 2013 10:51 PM

    Riley was drunk and very stupidly got very mad at a black security guard. So like most people do when they get very mad at another person and want to hurt them, he called them the name that he thought would be most hurtful, most offensive. Which certainly doesn’t make it right but I think makes it more understandable, and less racist, than if he had used the word more casually in a less emotional context.

  118. quinntheskimo0910 says: Aug 2, 2013 2:10 AM

    This situation has been blown way out of proportion.

  119. chi01town says: Aug 2, 2013 2:46 AM

    FIRE this fool now! kick him as far as posible away from the NFL. I dont understand why he is still in philly

  120. junebucket says: Aug 2, 2013 12:19 PM

    Lurie and Kelly dropped the ball, by allowing Cooper to get off with a fine. Cooper should have been suspended, not only to reflect the seriousness of his comments, but to create a cooling off period, during which Cooper would have the opportunity to redeem himself with the team and community. I am African-American and very disturbed by what Cooper had to say, but do not believe that this incident should be a career ender. Cooper didn’t actually jump over the fence and slug the security guard or otherwise cause a scuffle. He just ran his mouth in an undignified manner, like young men often do. Unfortunately for him it was caught on tape. However, for now Cooper needs to step away, get sensitivity training, and make a concerted effort to reach out to African-Americans, particularly African-American youth. If he takes this course of action, this whole mess could be a blessing in disguise for everybody.

  121. blueagle78 says: Aug 2, 2013 7:20 PM

    blueagle78 says: Aug 1, 2013 8:59 PM

    Bring Gary Fencik, Chuck Cecil and John Lynch out of retirement to handle their business…then, can’t blame it on racism. That’ll learn him!
    …and don’t forget Doug Plank!

  122. jolink653 says: Aug 2, 2013 8:05 PM

    Sends a real strong message to people when players don’t even have the guts to stand behind their comments and attach their names to what they say

  123. isithockeyseasonyet says: Aug 3, 2013 6:08 PM

    Personally, I would love to see the eagles overcome this and forgive cooper by showing some humility. I think this is a great opportunity for the sports community to take another stride towards ending racism. However, as a white dude, I’ll never fully understand how painful of a word that is and if the African American dudes on the team don’t want him there and don’t think they can get down w cooper on the team, then cut him and get the circus out of town

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