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Eagles will seek “outside assistance” for Riley Cooper

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The Eagles were “shocked and appalled” by receiver Riley Cooper’s choice of word while in the crowd at a Kenny Chesney concert.  Sufficiently “shocked and appalled” to fine Cooper.

And, as it turns out, sufficiently “shocked and appalled” to arrange for someone to tell him things he already should have known.

“In meeting with Riley yesterday, we decided together that his next step will be to seek outside assistance to help him fully understand the impact of his words and actions,” the team said in a statement issued Thursday.  “He needs to reflect.  As an organization, we will provide the resources he needs to do so.”

We realize the Eagles are trying to strike the right balance between taking a stand against Cooper’s unacceptable behavior and not getting rid of a guy they need.  But what kind of “outside assistance” can make a grown man who said something he knows he shouldn’t have said not say it again?

For something like this, the public humiliation is all the “outside assistance” he should need.

Perhaps the Eagles are providing “outside assistance” to minimize any external scrutiny for not doing enough in response to something that supposedly left the organization “shocked and appalled.”  Unwilling to suspend or fire him, the Eagles will instead take some of his money and then have someone lecture to him about things he already knew — and if he didn’t already know them he surely knows them now.

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  1. fdugrad says: Aug 1, 2013 1:23 PM

    ” Calling Tony Dungy.” Coach Herm would be a good call to place as well.

  2. jpb12 says: Aug 1, 2013 1:25 PM

    Is this guy any good? Why not cut their losses?

  3. joetoronto says: Aug 1, 2013 1:25 PM

    This is unreal, is this how sensitive we’ve become as a society?

    Wow, SMH.

  4. bucrightoff says: Aug 1, 2013 1:28 PM

    Outside assistance for what? He’s only sorry he got caught, not for what he said. So what, assistance on how not to get caught again?

  5. slashrageblog says: Aug 1, 2013 1:29 PM

    Good, because we shouldn’t fire the guy whose going to be the second WR because he made a Paula Deen-esque mistake.

    Too bad that this will probably stick with him for the rest of his career.

  6. Pat says: Aug 1, 2013 1:29 PM

    I know I shouldn’t hit my wife, I guess they should get rid of counseling for that too.

  7. jesse1834 says: Aug 1, 2013 1:29 PM

    Football really needs to start!!!

  8. ccjcsr says: Aug 1, 2013 1:30 PM

    NFL teams waste more money for stupid things that players do.

  9. michaeljacksonisback says: Aug 1, 2013 1:33 PM

    It’s just a word! Rappers use it everyday

  10. floratiotime says: Aug 1, 2013 1:37 PM

    Perhaps they should spend their resources on something more important. Like maybe GEDs for their fans?

  11. milkmandanimal says: Aug 1, 2013 1:38 PM

    “Outside assistance” is going to be code for “rehab” which is code for “somebody in the public eye did something stupid, and needs a socially-acceptable way to explain why”.

  12. truthfactory says: Aug 1, 2013 1:38 PM

    But what kind of “outside assistance” can make a grown man who said something he knows he shouldn’t have said not say it again?
    ——-

    If they didnt do this, you’d say they didnt do enough. Damned if you do, damned if you dont

  13. cajunaise says: Aug 1, 2013 1:39 PM

    I agree: it was a “Paula Deen-esque mistake” = a mistake which exposes a nasty part of one’s conscious to the public.

  14. raiderufan says: Aug 1, 2013 1:39 PM

    This is pathetic.

    I completely disagree with his actions but to now act like he’s a broken man that needs out side assistance is lunacy? If the goal is to eliminate the use of this word than any black player that uses it needs to be fined and treated the same.

  15. scoops1 says: Aug 1, 2013 1:40 PM

    I hear John Rocker is available

  16. raiderufan says: Aug 1, 2013 1:40 PM

    Not sure where that question mark came from.

  17. modhairken says: Aug 1, 2013 1:41 PM

    Will they take the same steps when one black player uses the word towards another black player? I bet it happens every day in that locker room.

    Slurs are wrong. Period. But this intentional overreaction is just hypocritical PC BS.

  18. dolphindubs says: Aug 1, 2013 1:42 PM

    This is WAYYYYYY overblown!

  19. johnthehillboy says: Aug 1, 2013 1:42 PM

    I’m appalled at the name Redskins!

    I think that whole Washington team and fan base should be cut and the league should be subject to outside counseling.

  20. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Aug 1, 2013 1:46 PM

    Top performers/people who are more important to the company, team etc…always get cut more slack than lower level/less important employees. Why is this so hard for you to understand and accept? I can’t figure out why you’re still talking about the Eagles cutting him or suspending him when you know full well that nothing like that is going to happen. It seems like nothing more than an attempt to smear the Eagles.

  21. larrydavid7000 says: Aug 1, 2013 1:47 PM

    Let’s get a grip on this situation. This is now way over blown out of the water. The man slipped and is sorry about it. Time to move on.

  22. somethingsmellsrotten says: Aug 1, 2013 1:49 PM

    Political correctness once again blown way out of proportion…our society is turning into nothing but a bunch of wussies.

  23. kerryc21realty says: Aug 1, 2013 1:50 PM

    The liberal media needs to let go of this, the Zimmerman thing is just starting to wind down. way overblown

  24. ampats says: Aug 1, 2013 1:50 PM

    I can’t believe that I actually agree with joetoronto !

  25. buckybadger says: Aug 1, 2013 1:51 PM

    We aren’t in the deadzone anymore. Why waste so much time on this story. It was wrong but blown way out of proportion. He has to deal with his teammates, nothing else.

  26. cuda1234 says: Aug 1, 2013 1:53 PM

    MUST. INDOCTRINATE.

    MUST. THINK. LIKE. US.

    FREE SPEECH BAD!

  27. hatesycophants says: Aug 1, 2013 1:53 PM

    Are there really so many of you itching to be “allowed” to use this word because black players and rappers use it? Go ahead and use it then. But, keep in mind that this is what happens when you do.

  28. nflcrimerankingscom says: Aug 1, 2013 1:54 PM

    aka the MAFIA

  29. bucrightoff says: Aug 1, 2013 1:57 PM

    cuda1234 says:Aug 1, 2013 1:53 PM

    MUST. INDOCTRINATE.

    MUST. THINK. LIKE. US.

    FREE SPEECH BAD!
    ____________________________________________

    For to ten thousandth time, freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequence. Say whatever the hell you want…just realize others have the right to do whatever they want with your comments.

  30. micknangold says: Aug 1, 2013 1:58 PM

    I’m shocked and appalled that you didn’t bring up the Redskins in this article.

  31. folkcrusader says: Aug 1, 2013 2:00 PM

    He needs help with that hair do, man.

  32. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 1, 2013 2:02 PM

    Marcus Vick has offered “outside assistance” to make sure Cooper gets it.

  33. daubs17 says: Aug 1, 2013 2:02 PM

    outside assistance. hahahaha

  34. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 1, 2013 2:04 PM

    Where was Riley Cooper when Trayvon Martin was shot?

  35. jetfan28 says: Aug 1, 2013 2:04 PM

    michaeljacksonisback says:
    Aug 1, 2013 1:33 PM
    It’s just a word! Rappers use it everyday

    It never ceases to amaze me how many adults (supposedly) use the “they say it so why can’t I?” Logic.

    Jeez. Be a freaking adult please? Wrong is wrong. And someone else’s wrong doesn’t justify your wrong

  36. delmonte55 says: Aug 1, 2013 2:09 PM

    nflcrimerankingscom says:
    Aug 1, 2013 1:54 PM
    aka the MAFIA
    ___________________________________

    Being Italian I find the Mafia reference racist.

  37. metalhead65 says: Aug 1, 2013 2:10 PM

    just awful that he said the “word”. a word so terrible and horrible it never should be uttered,unless it is used in everyday talk and in entertainment and is part of the culture of the very people it is supposed to offend. amazing how we such a double standard in our society that certain people are allowed to say and do whatever they want because it is part of their culture but if someone else utters it even if they are only trying to be part of the hip hop culture they must be vilified for it.

  38. reesesteel23 says: Aug 1, 2013 2:10 PM

    How about everyone act like adults and stop using the “they use it why cant we excuse”…Everyone here knows why the word is offensive…

    Mom taught you a long time ago just because Billy does something doesnt mean its right and you should do it too.

    There’s no way you guys have kids…no way

  39. digitalsasquatch says: Aug 1, 2013 2:11 PM

    Mr. Cooper will get plenty of outside assistance to provide negative reinforcement regarding the error of his ways…every time he crosses the middle: brothas across the league are gonna be getting in line just to find new and creative ways to light you up, Riley.

  40. sillec28 says: Aug 1, 2013 2:12 PM

    Marcus Vick – now there’s a class act.

  41. siggtacular says: Aug 1, 2013 2:17 PM

    Riley Cooper is a piece of trash

  42. germanstingray says: Aug 1, 2013 2:19 PM

    They’re sending him to a re-education camp run by the thought police.

  43. doe22us says: Aug 1, 2013 2:26 PM

    michaeljacksonisback says:
    Aug 1, 2013 1:33 PM
    It’s just a word! Rappers use it everyday

    Educate yourself about the word, just because rappers use it doesnt mean he should or you should use it. It shouldnt be used period.

    Thats like a kids argument he did it so why can’t i.. The word in on itself is loaded with too much meaning and history to justify its use or non-use. Frankly i could care less what some kid said, but people who stand on their high horse rappers use it blah blah dont even try to justify it.

  44. teecouch says: Aug 1, 2013 2:27 PM

    He needs an attitude adjustment for going to a Chesney concert……that will ‘turn’ you into a piece of trash.

  45. reesesteel23 says: Aug 1, 2013 2:31 PM

    Everyone is taught not to put hands on women

    Man smacks woman

    PFT readers response: “People smack women all the time….why does he need counseling and why is everyone so upset?”

  46. tonybabo20 says: Aug 1, 2013 2:31 PM

    He said something wrong, morally wrong people have a right to criticize him and not like it but he has a right to say what ever he wants. The Eagles should not be able to fine him. To penalize someone for something freedom of speech makes it not really free. This is how they circumvent the constitution they fire people and fine them for doing something that is there right. People don’t have to like it, people can say what they want but cooper should be protected from penalty on the fact that he is protected in his speech. When we punish people no matter if its financially,criminally, in a job through public pressure then or what have you then this is violating his rights. Eagles violated his rights. Government fails to do its only real job to protect those rights. Yes it’s horrible what he said people don’t have to like it but the speech that is protected is the speech most don’t like not what everyone agrees with. Marcus Vick thinks everyone should forgivehis brother who committed a crime and yet can’t be open to forgiving a guy for stupid comments. I hate these corporations violating people’s right on guise of making a “privilege” more meaningful then a right.

  47. iceburgskin202 says: Aug 1, 2013 2:33 PM

    The problem is the word was apart of white culture it’s where it started and it was to classify someone as a substandard being not even considered human. And if you saw the tape you know he meant that from the bottom of his heart. But he was ” drunk”.

  48. tonybabo20 says: Aug 1, 2013 2:35 PM

    Sorry for sloppy post using a little phone to write.

  49. reesesteel23 says: Aug 1, 2013 2:42 PM

    metalhead65 says:

    …….. amazing how we such a double standard in our society that certain people are allowed to say and do whatever they want because it is part of their culture but if someone else utters it even if they are only trying to be part of the hip hop culture they must be vilified for it.

    wait wait wait…This guy just played the ” Only certain people are allowed to do what they want” card??…..Where was this society about 60-70 years ago? Or were you dozing off in history class? Your parents and their parents and their parents know ALL about being those “certain people” that were allowed to do what they wanted and when they wanted…That is hilarious!!

  50. thegonz13 says: Aug 1, 2013 2:45 PM

    “Outside assistance” is fine and dandy but no “outside assistance” will ever fix brain farts and stupidity.

  51. returntoexcellence says: Aug 1, 2013 2:49 PM

    doe22us says:
    Aug 1, 2013 2:26 PM
    michaeljacksonisback says:
    Aug 1, 2013 1:33 PM
    It’s just a word! Rappers use it everyday

    Educate yourself about the word, just because rappers use it doesnt mean he should or you should use it. It shouldnt be used period.

    Thats like a kids argument he did it so why can’t i.. The word in on itself is loaded with too much meaning and history to justify its use or non-use. Frankly i could care less what some kid said, but people who stand on their high horse rappers use it blah blah dont even try to justify it.
    _______________________________

    And maybe you should try to understand what people are actually trying to say. No body is saying, ” he said it so why can’t I?” They’re saying that it is hypocritical for there to be CONSEQUENCES for one race saying it and not another. ANYBODY that wants to say that word can… but only one race will be punished for it. Get the difference now?

  52. tmatic74 says: Aug 1, 2013 2:49 PM

    Cutting Cooper is the easy way out. I like the move by the Eagles. They have decided to deal with a issue that most are too scared to touch. Black man proud to be a Eagles fan.

  53. racistchecker says: Aug 1, 2013 2:50 PM

    If Cooper needs “outside assistance” then 100 million white people need the same!

  54. pickensclause says: Aug 1, 2013 2:53 PM

    I see a visit to Oprah in Riley’s future.

  55. tmatic74 says: Aug 1, 2013 2:54 PM

    It’s not the word it’s the context it’s used in people!!!

  56. timbuttrum says: Aug 1, 2013 2:54 PM

    What a joke! If therapy was required for anyone who has ever said a hateful word, then we’d all be nut jobs. Get over it people.

  57. brandomonium215 says: Aug 1, 2013 2:57 PM

    How heck is that people are more offended this over all the other degenerates in the league who have been charged with multiple DUIs, assaults and even murder, domestic abuse, have multiple babys mamas and so on and so forth? What he said was horrible but people need to chill out. It was in the heat of the moment and its not like he has a known history of it. People make mistakes and many other people in the NFL have and are making far worse mistakes to this day. This shouldn’t even be a national story. You all argue otherwise are nothinbg but pawns to this over-bloated media sensationalism PC machine lol

  58. Steeler's Didn't-but-Will-eventually says: Aug 1, 2013 3:01 PM

    “outside assistance” involves some large black men, a room with a locked door, and nobody hearing the screams.

  59. favresweiner says: Aug 1, 2013 3:05 PM

    Send him to the ‘hood for outside assistance.

  60. doe22us says: Aug 1, 2013 3:08 PM

    returntoexcellence says:
    Aug 1, 2013 2:49 PM
    doe22us says:
    Aug 1, 2013 2:26 PM
    michaeljacksonisback says:
    Aug 1, 2013 1:33 PM
    It’s just a word! Rappers use it everyday

    Educate yourself about the word, just because rappers use it doesnt mean he should or you should use it. It shouldnt be used period.

    Thats like a kids argument he did it so why can’t i.. The word in on itself is loaded with too much meaning and history to justify its use or non-use. Frankly i could care less what some kid said, but people who stand on their high horse rappers use it blah blah dont even try to justify it.
    _______________________________

    And maybe you should try to understand what people are actually trying to say. No body is saying, ” he said it so why can’t I?” They’re saying that it is hypocritical for there to be CONSEQUENCES for one race saying it and not another. ANYBODY that wants to say that word can… but only one race will be punished for it. Get the difference now?

    And i am saying the word shouldnt be used period. This is not the board to go back in time to know the history of the word. It shouldnt be used period and to say rappers use it.. double standard blah blah, that is irrelevant to the point i am trying to make.

  61. tonybabo20 says: Aug 1, 2013 3:15 PM

    This country is so messed up!!!!! We are screwed!!!!!!

  62. footballchic777 says: Aug 1, 2013 3:27 PM

    FINE ONE. ……. FINE ALL! You can’t pick and choose who gets to use the word.

  63. tonybabo20 says: Aug 1, 2013 3:43 PM

    Fine nobody. People can say what they want no matter how horrible. We don’t have to like him, we don’t agree but you can’t violate free speech. That’s for anyone and everyone. What next? What do people want? Fire him? Arrest him? Who do we empower to do these things? Every time someone says something people don’t like we should penalize them? The constitution is meant to protect unpopular speech not popular. We don’t like it, him is our right but eagles don’t have the right to play cop. Neither does the public. Hate what he says, what he did, hate him but be careful how we treat those we disagree with cause we are making it easy to put all of our rights at risk

  64. mrpowers88 says: Aug 1, 2013 3:52 PM

    Outside Assistance?

    Look no further than his college roommate: One Mr. Timothy Tebow

  65. jimmylions says: Aug 1, 2013 4:39 PM

    This is standard HR procedure. When someone does something like this, you send them to class to help him/her correct the behavior.

    The cynics won’t like hearing this, but frequently it works.

  66. arwiv says: Aug 1, 2013 4:45 PM

    and to all of the people yelling at other posters for using the “this person says it so why cant I say it” argument…..uh, that’s not what they’re saying. they are saying that yeah, cooper is a clown for saying something like that but so are all of the black criminals, aka rappers, who use it. wrong is wrong fellas. kill cooper as much as you want; unless you also go off on your rap star heroes though, you guys are nothing but hypocrites.

  67. stanleyhalas says: Aug 1, 2013 8:27 PM

    When I was 12 years old I used that word in anger. Two older kids hurt and embarrassed me and I got angry and called them the most hurtful thing I could think of. Instead of getting angry or writing me off, one of them took me to the side and explained to me what I had just done and what the actual impact was. He answered my questions and apologized for what they had done. I’m a better person because of that and I hope someone will do the same for Riley, and that it will have as great an impact on him as it did on me.

  68. hatesycophants says: Aug 1, 2013 8:43 PM

    Who is the dolt that keeps posting “fine one… fine all”? On what planet is that a legitimate, thoughtful, cogent argument?

  69. royaldawgz says: Aug 2, 2013 10:47 AM

    The guy is an idiot man… There are things you just don’t say as a Caucasian-that’s one of them. If African Americans want to call themselves that so be it. Whether we like it our not there is a severe double standard born of the actions of those who came before us. Not to say racism isn’t alive and well now, but now it is the minorities who feed off it and use it as a sharpened sword, that for many of us “crackers” seems to have two edges. The flip side is that there are people like Riley Stuper…Cooper, who gas the flame and give it new life. Like the Trayvon Tragedy wasn’t enough… It’s funny how, though Martin looks about as white as Juan Valdez, that the whites are the ones getting beaten for revenge…. Oh yes, racism is alive and well…

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