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Cooper’s future in Philly hinges on whether Eagles can replace him

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The unexpected but not surprising (given the new “retirement” trend among troubled players) decision of Eagles receiver Riley Cooper to step aside from pro football gives the Eagles two things they desperately need.

First, they need to bring an end to what quickly had become a major distraction, both externally and internally.  Second, they need to find out if they can function without Cooper.

As one source with direct knowledge of the situation tells PFT, Cooper already would have been cut if Jeremy Maclin hadn’t torn an ACL six days ago.  With both Maclin and Cooper gone, the Eagles have DeSean Jackson, Jason Avant, and pretty much no one.

This gives the Eagles a chance to see who’ll step up and/or who else they may bring in before making a final decision on Cooper.

Likewise, the Eagles will be able to see whether the internal problems subside — and they’ll be able to predict whether Cooper’s return would rip off any lingering scabs.

The decision ultimately will be driven, we’re told, by football considerations.  If the Eagles believe they need Cooper in order to be competitive, they’ll keep him.  If the Eagles believe they don’t, they’ll move on.

They don’t have much time to make a decision.  By August 27, the roster must be cut from 90 to 75.  Four days later, the Eagles must get to 53.

That gives the Eagles four weeks and one day to keep Cooper on the active roster, to cut him, or to move him to a reserve list.

Possibly, the reserve/retired list.

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127 Responses to “Cooper’s future in Philly hinges on whether Eagles can replace him”
  1. goraidersgospurs says: Aug 2, 2013 1:26 PM

    TO!!!

  2. logicalvoicesays says: Aug 2, 2013 1:30 PM

    What an INCOMPOTENT franchise. Thank GOD sensible PEOPLE run things here under Snyder, Allen and Shanahan. #BurgundyandGoldSTANDARD

  3. blacknole08 says: Aug 2, 2013 1:31 PM

    Are they gonna replace Mike Vick too? What about DeSean Jackson? Or Shady McCoy?

    Please stop fueling the fire. This is beyond ridiculous right now.

  4. bucrightoff says: Aug 2, 2013 1:33 PM

    Here’s the kicker in all of this: Riley Cooper isn’t actually that good a player. In 3 years he has 46 receptions for 679 yards and 5 TDs. For reference, the following players have outdone that in one season:

    Austin Collie
    Louis Murphy
    Nate Burleson
    Jason Avant (his teammate)
    David Nelson
    Andre Roberts
    Donnie Avery
    Titus Young!!!

    This guy is easily replaceable. Its not like he’s some big time player here. There are 20-30 Riley Coopers available every draft. Is possibly dividing your locker room really worth it?

  5. chiadam says: Aug 2, 2013 1:33 PM

    If you need Riley Cooper to be competitive, that means you need Riley Cooper to be competitive. Probably not good.

  6. howiefeltersnatch says: Aug 2, 2013 1:33 PM

    You guys are making it sound like he was wearing Bruce Willis’ sign in Die Hard 3.

  7. ziggy7358 says: Aug 2, 2013 1:33 PM

    you the media … have ruined this guys career..amazing well done .. you all should be asamhed ..what a joke .. feel so bad for this man ..

  8. reesesteel23 says: Aug 2, 2013 1:34 PM

    80 years ago ALL black people couldnt understand why they werent allowed to do ANYTHING whatsoever, especially in the same area as white people

    In 2013 white people are losing their mind because the only thing they have ever been asked not to do, is use the word N____

    THE ONLY THING!

  9. dstep24 says: Aug 2, 2013 1:36 PM

    @logicalvoicesays

    Sorry, did you use “sensible” and “Snyder” in the same sentence?

    Can I get an “LOL” please.

  10. clarenceoveur says: Aug 2, 2013 1:36 PM

    How tough is it to replace a 4th receiver with limited production? Pretty sure some no name on hand will give them the same numbers when given the same reps.

  11. myeaglescantwin says: Aug 2, 2013 1:36 PM

    isn’t that the worst part.

    “hey we really disagree with what you said.
    and we would cut you,,,, if we could..”

    have a flipping back bone!
    I have swollowed a lot of BS as an eagles fan,, but this is by far the worst.

    there is no grey area on this matter.

    this atrocity is so egregious that it necessitates a cut, or the fine was enough…

    The philadelphia eagles should be ashamed. Not because of Riley.. but because they just might accept his actions if they can’t replace his value..

    Look at the Patriots,,, they made a statement..
    “THIS MAN HAS NO PART ON THIS TEAM..”

    there is no clause that states “unless we can’t replace him.”

    this is a joke.
    Jeff Laurie, you should be ashamed.
    Howie Roseman,, show a backbone you pencil pushing coward.

    either it is or it aint.

  12. cowpiesnotcowboys says: Aug 2, 2013 1:37 PM

    He should be fired. His actions were inexcusable, deplorable, and repulsive. There is simply no excuse for attending a Kenny Chesney concert.

  13. marvsleezy says: Aug 2, 2013 1:37 PM

    Cant wait till a video comes out of a black player using the word “cracker” – According to the new standard he should be cut!

    But he wont be cut due to the double standard that exists.

    This situation is stupid.

  14. chargerdillon says: Aug 2, 2013 1:39 PM

    If Riley Cooper was a pro bowl superstar, the Eagles would consider this a non-issue

    That being said, it’s still a non issue

    Imagine that somebody belligerently drunk who said something inappropriate.

    I find it hard to believe all this mercenary black men suddenly became so sensitive.

  15. gcbean says: Aug 2, 2013 1:40 PM

    Just stop the mayhem! Leave him alone!

  16. upperdecker19 says: Aug 2, 2013 1:40 PM

    I see nothing wrong w/ Riley Cooper’s actions.

    Regards,
    Mel Gibson

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

    Who cares? Besides Eagle fans. No one.

  18. raiderufan says: Aug 2, 2013 1:41 PM

    Watch the Amukamura hazing video…it’s said 3 times, aggressively and with a very clear “ER” at the end. Not to mention by multiple people leaving the person involved to feel ganged up on.

    That’s done in an NFL locker room, by NFL players on NFL time that happen to be black.

    This man is being destroyed over this. Being treated like he has a mental issue. Having his money taken. His career drug threw the mud…

    And all because he used a word out side of his work place.

    If you can’t see the double standard in this you’re simply blissfully ignorant.

  19. htown1035 says: Aug 2, 2013 1:41 PM

    The guy apologized, regretted he said it, said it was reprehensible and paid his fine to the team for it.

    Quit trying to fuel the fire and bury the guy and force him out of his livelihood for something stupid he did away from the game and the team.

  20. Spencer says: Aug 2, 2013 1:44 PM

    He should be easy enough to replace. This happened early enough in camp that it shouldn’t be too big a deal.

  21. sikoix says: Aug 2, 2013 1:45 PM

    The window to release this guy was within 24 hours of this becoming breaking news. If they decide to cut and run now, it will look like a very poorly managed situation on behalf of the Eagles.

    Personally, I was shocked he wasn’t immediately cut — I thought that would have been the right move. Maybe he would have caught on somewhere else when this blew over, maybe not. But this has gotten very messy.

  22. siggtacular says: Aug 2, 2013 1:45 PM

    Riley Cooper sucks

  23. mountaindont says: Aug 2, 2013 1:46 PM

    I haven`t been following the news for a few days. Did Copper kill somebody ?

  24. Youknowimright says: Aug 2, 2013 1:48 PM

    So if we can find a replacement we ll do the right thing and cut you riley. If not we ll welcome you back with open arms. This is the same thinking in penn state with sandusky. It s just sports. Do the right thing regardless of finacial ramifications.

  25. bluereign says: Aug 2, 2013 1:48 PM

    He said something horribly stupid and fractured the locker room which ultimately caused his NFL future to be in jeopardy.

    With that being said, it’s absolutely pathetic that some of the African Americans in the locker room can’t get over this. This is a big deal to some, but while all of the African Americans share a race, they also have mothers, sisters and other female family members so they should be just as offended when the likes of Shady McCoy beat women.

    But also, African Americans do have the right to act like this and no matter how immature it may come across as, Cooper made his own bed.

  26. rkjacobson says: Aug 2, 2013 1:49 PM

    I understand that it is an insensitive and offensive word that shouldn’t be used by anyone (and I do mean ANYONE). On the other hand, what ever happened to ‘sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me’? Sure he should accept consequences for what he did (no argument on that). Just wondering why we have to treat the fact that he used word like an atomic bomb just went off and everyone loses their mind…Eagles should take care of it like business as they are…everyone else should relax a bit. (Just my opinion)

  27. wiitrainingcamp says: Aug 2, 2013 1:50 PM

    “they need to find out if they can function without Cooper.”

    What am I missing here? I’ve seen every one of Cooper’s pre-season and regular season games in his pro career. The guy is a marginal NFL receiver. He’s easily replaceable. We are talking about a guy who has been on the roster bubble each season and could barely beat out Chad Hall. (Not to disparage Chad Hall, but Megatron, he’s not.)

    I don’t know what the right move is for the Eagles. Obviously, it’s a tough and divisive issue. I just have a hard time buying that the reason he is still around is that the Eagles can’t replace him.

  28. nflgreedleague says: Aug 2, 2013 1:50 PM

    Can someone help me understand why people that make a mistake in the heat of the moment and say they “N-Word”
    are demonized by the media even after showing genuine contrition, i.e. Riley Cooper and Paula Dean. I’m not defending these people and I don’t believe that any one should use a word of hatred like this, but I fail to understand how so called artist / music moguls like Jay-Z and other gangster rappers are deified by the same media while using the N-Word over and over again? These supposed role models teach kids to use this word in every day life that promotes them to disrespect each other, commit violence against each other and hate themselves yet they are the heroes presented by the media for these young people to look up to. So it appears to me that this so called “political correctness” is just a sham to actually create more inequality and continue the subjugation of the under privileged!

  29. snowman36 says: Aug 2, 2013 1:51 PM

    Lavelle Hawkins
    T.O.
    Ochocinco
    Austin Collie
    Sinorice Moss
    Steve smith

  30. dsaville says: Aug 2, 2013 1:51 PM

    The nfl should start flagging people 15 yards every time a player uses that word in a game. And the second offense is an ejection. Until the NFL gets serious about stopping racial slurs, then its free game for all nfl players.

  31. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 2, 2013 1:51 PM

    bucrightoff says:
    Aug 2, 2013 1:33 PM
    Here’s the kicker in all of this: Riley Cooper isn’t actually that good a player. In 3 years he has 46 receptions for 679 yards and 5 TDs. For reference, the following players have outdone that in one season:

    Austin Collie
    Louis Murphy
    Nate Burleson
    Jason Avant (his teammate)
    David Nelson
    Andre Roberts
    Donnie Avery
    Titus Young!!!

    This guy is easily replaceable. Its not like he’s some big time player here. There are 20-30 Riley Coopers available every draft. Is possibly dividing your locker room really worth it?

    _________________________

    Don’t forget Pierre Garcon…. He’s apparently the 3rd best receiver in the league.

  32. mrshill0905 says: Aug 2, 2013 1:52 PM

    Time for Russell Shepard to step up!

  33. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 2, 2013 1:53 PM

    The Post Football Life Of Riley.

  34. blackandbluedivision says: Aug 2, 2013 1:53 PM

    People are too caught up in the use of the slur. No one caught on to the context.

    Since the Trayvon Martin case a lot of people are already on edge. Cooper was advocating violence against black people there. You get enough people, who are drunk, riled (no pun intended) up against one or two black people in the audience. It definitely leads up to a very uncomfortable situation.

    Yea, he’s a dummy but, I’d say he knew what he was doing. He was in a crowd full of white people. He felt untouchable.

  35. sf546 says: Aug 2, 2013 1:53 PM

    reesesteel23 says: Aug 2, 2013 1:34 PM

    80 years ago ALL black people couldnt understand why they werent allowed to do ANYTHING whatsoever, especially in the same area as white people

    In 2013 white people are losing their mind because the only thing they have ever been asked not to do, is use the word N____

    THE ONLY THING!
    ———
    marvsleezy says: Aug 2, 2013 1:37 PM

    Cant wait till a video comes out of a black player using the word “cracker” – According to the new standard he should be cut!

    But he wont be cut due to the double standard that exists.

    This situation is stupid.
    ————————————————

    Perhaps you two should meet up. That being said, I agree with marvsleezy, if you run Riley Cooper out on a rail, you better do the same with a black player calling someone a cracker.

  36. turdfurgerson68 says: Aug 2, 2013 1:53 PM

    ziggy7358 says:

    you the media … have ruined this guys career..amazing well done .. you all should be asamhed ..what a joke .. feel so bad for this man ..

    —————————————————–

    Wow, when did the media become so powerful that they made Cooper say the awful things he said???

    Cooper did this to himself. The media? Total vultures for sure. But in no way can you blame the media for Cooper’s comments.

    Personal responsibility!

  37. briscocountyjr says: Aug 2, 2013 1:53 PM

    This situation and the fallout speaks more about the condition and values of society more than anything else about it. In this culture we can see that image, appearance, and words are propped up as values over understanding, compassion, let alone racism and solving it. Because of that and our inability to intelligently, collectively cure societal problems, we can see double-standards play out like a carnival that invite media frenzies and attention, over legitimate concerns for humanity, such as financial/social inequalities that actually breed contempt at the foundation of our collective experience. Deteriorated education and the capitalist scheme, minus integrated educational programs perpetuate the cycle we continue to share together. Understanding human behaviors is largely ignored to the point that labels are used to stomp out and blame the symptom that individuals like Riley become. At the end of the day it just is what it is when it comes to Riley becoming ostracized– because he is not an elite talent, only then does the capitalist media/corporate culture find forgiveness. If you don’t have skills, there is less forgiveness, and will to understand.

  38. snowman36 says: Aug 2, 2013 1:54 PM

    @ziggy7358

    Poor cooper. He might loose his $100,000 Job because its deemed inappropriate to use a word that was hurled at people while they hung from trees. Yeah, poor cooper.

  39. ilovefoolsball says: Aug 2, 2013 1:54 PM

    I was so outraged when I saw this video. Then I put on some Kanye and my faith in humanity was restored because he said the same word at least 20 times in one song.

  40. doe22us says: Aug 2, 2013 1:55 PM

    One of the fringe WR players better take advantage of this opportunity and seize that spot. If its now a 50/50 that he may or may not come back. With these things, i think he may be done in the NFL.. Sorry but be careful what you say.

  41. blackandbluedivision says: Aug 2, 2013 1:55 PM

    htown1035 says:
    Aug 2, 2013 1:41 PM
    The guy apologized, regretted he said it, said it was reprehensible and paid his fine to the team for it.

    Quit trying to fuel the fire and bury the guy and force him out of his livelihood for something stupid he did away from the game and the team.
    ____________________

    He forced himself out of his livelihood. It’s easy to get over offending black people when they’re 13% of the overall population. It’s not so easy when they make-up 90-95% of the defenses you have to go against every Sunday.

    His teammates can probably forgive him. But, lets see who steps up and defends him if he gets in trouble on Sunday.

  42. richardmswartz says: Aug 2, 2013 1:56 PM

    myeaglescantwin says:
    Aug 2, 2013 1:36 PM
    isn’t that the worst part.

    “hey we really disagree with what you said.
    and we would cut you,,,, if we could..”

    have a flipping back bone!
    I have swollowed a lot of BS as an eagles fan,, but this is by far the worst.

    there is no grey area on this matter.

    this atrocity is so egregious that it necessitates a cut, or the fine was enough…

    The philadelphia eagles should be ashamed. Not because of Riley.. but because they just might accept his actions if they can’t replace his value..

    Look at the Patriots,,, they made a statement..
    “THIS MAN HAS NO PART ON THIS TEAM..”

    there is no clause that states “unless we can’t replace him.”

    this is a joke.
    Jeff Laurie, you should be ashamed.
    Howie Roseman,, show a backbone you pencil pushing coward.

    either it is or it aint.

    ______________

    Dude, Hernandez is being held on murder charges, it’s the difference between shooting a bullet and throwing it.

    I actually think Cooper has more ability than he has shown. Not by much, he’s no probowler, but he could be a solid starter.

  43. snowman36 says: Aug 2, 2013 1:57 PM

    African Americans have attempted to transform a word that was solely meant for hate into a term of endearment amoungst each-other.

  44. reesesteel23 says: Aug 2, 2013 1:57 PM

    How on earth will they ever replace his 15 rec 226 Yards per season average!!

  45. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 2, 2013 1:59 PM

    Well as said before, I think the Eagles should trade for Nate Burleson. He’s just about the best WR you are going to find on the cheap.

  46. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 2, 2013 1:59 PM

    What’s next ?

    Have the Eagles removed his jersey from the pro shop yet ? Or offered to do an exchange ? (yes I know, he’s not a star and not many people probably have them)

    Has the NFL expunged him from the player listings / stats on nfl.com yet ??

    The press seem to be treating this guy like he killed somebody, that’s why I ask.

    Let the zero tolerance witch hunt continue.

  47. bux1022 says: Aug 2, 2013 1:59 PM

    Dump the scrub! Lol

  48. brownsfanhere says: Aug 2, 2013 2:00 PM

    First off, the context in which he said it is why its a “big deal”. Secondly the Eagles organization understands that the same people that is offended by what he said works for them, are ticket holders and pay money to watch their team play. To try and blow it off like its no big deal to “all involved” just because its cool for “some to say” isn’t rational and you come off as unsympathetic to others who disagree with his actions.

  49. chris6523 says: Aug 2, 2013 2:00 PM

    I’m shocked he hasn’t been thrown in jail yet. You can’t have people running around saying stuff like that. Yeah, that was sarcasm.

  50. bucs24 says: Aug 2, 2013 2:01 PM

    Really at NO MEANS I would ever want to be called that and I have been called that but you have players that beat there wife’s gf and there forgiving, players can run a dog fighting ring but its ok come back and play Marcus Vick your a pile of crap that didn’t make the NFL go cry a river I played 4 years of college ball alway games holy cow I heard it all unfortunately this is how it’s going to be so he messed up and first game he should get popped hard but there is way more going to worry about this.

  51. silencethecritics says: Aug 2, 2013 2:03 PM

    Why is it ok for blacks to greet and call each other the N word then turn around and get so butt hurt when someone of another race calls them the same thing?

    This is why racism will never end. If we want it to end we need to stop talking about it…. that will never happen with lame stream media

  52. vegasdestroyer says: Aug 2, 2013 2:05 PM

    What’s next? Is the NFL gonna crack down on the Confederate flag me and my buds wave on the way to Skins games and at tailgate parties. It’s the thought that counts.

  53. zeke2517 says: Aug 2, 2013 2:05 PM

    We here in America have come to love petty, knee-jerk panic reactions.

    Don’t have a problem? Just make one up and do something rash and ultimately counterproductive.

  54. jlmd17 says: Aug 2, 2013 2:05 PM

    Next stop on the runaway P.C train is to make it a crime to use offensive speech. Wake up.

  55. bux1022 says: Aug 2, 2013 2:05 PM

    The league is 85 percent black if the eagles cut him he’s going to play rugby. He could probably get away with saying it in that sport!

  56. nickynick04 says: Aug 2, 2013 2:05 PM

    This kid is going to commit suicide…

  57. 4grammarpolice says: Aug 2, 2013 2:06 PM

    Let’s see: he’s averaged one catch per game over a three year span, and he plays for a team that is projected to go 5-11 this season. Yeah, I’m pretty sure he’s replaceable.

  58. cfeeley52 says: Aug 2, 2013 2:06 PM

    Some guy just called me a “cracker” I demand he seek counseling and take sensitivity training… What has this world come to???

  59. 6thsense79 says: Aug 2, 2013 2:07 PM

    I remember when I was a a little kid crossing the street with my mom and we had the cross walk so I started skipping across the street before my mom yanked me back and asked me why I was rushing across when I saw a car speeding down the street. I protested that I had the cross walk so if the driver didn’t stop he would be punished. She said and you would dead..what good is it to be right and dead over something like this?

    Any case with all the people protesting about Cooper possibly losing his job and calling this a double standard because blacks say the same thing etc….I say you may be right….heck Cooper may be saying the same thing to himself privately….. but what good does it do him or anyone else if his career is dead? From Jimmy the Greek to Paula Dean we’ve seen how racial slurs such as this kills a white person’s career right or wrong…..

    Personally I hope he gets a second chance even if it’s not with the Eagles. I hate to see any man lose his lively hood.

  60. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 2, 2013 2:09 PM

    The Suddenly Upside Down Life Of Riley.

  61. claymatthewshairplugs says: Aug 2, 2013 2:10 PM

    Christ, the man made a mistake and people are calling for him to lose his chance to make a living. I love how all these “infallible” people are calling for Cooper’s head. He made a mistake, seems very sincere and contrite in his apology. Let it pass. Half the guys on the team who say they can’t trust Cooper have probably done much worse. Get over it guys.

  62. norcaldeportes says: Aug 2, 2013 2:14 PM

    The Eagles scouting dept. has their work cut out for them on this one. They’ll first have to sort the data by WRs that average 1 catch per game. Then they can sort those results by players who have offended less than 70% of their teammates. If they can find someone that fits that criteria, then they’ll have their replacement.

  63. najja6 says: Aug 2, 2013 2:15 PM

    Just for the record its not BLACK people. Black people supported Paula Dean and the worst comments from eagles camp were from shady Mccoy who said he forgave him but couldn’t really trust him. This is not a issue for black people…..the media is blowing this up.

    Every adult in America (regardless of race) has said the word. It is a lie for people that say they haven’t. And guess what it is your right to be able to say whatever you want, you just have to deal with the consequences like anything else. Interacial couples use slurs all the time when they get angry are they racist? Or do HUMANs get mad and do dumb stuff; especially when you drink. Maybe the security guard called him a pony-tailed sissy! Who knows, doesn’t make it right but different things set people off. He did not commit one crime. And I’m black by the way.
    Just saying……

  64. philswfc08 says: Aug 2, 2013 2:15 PM

    There is probably at least 15-20 dudes on the streets of Philly that could replace Cooper. What a joke…this makes it out like he’s some stud…take any D-1 receiver that is still an undrafted free agent and you have yourself an upgrade.

  65. blackandbluedivision says: Aug 2, 2013 2:16 PM

    People are up in arms over Cooper using the n-word.

    If you play the video you will hear a young lady immediately after go “Ah, he said n—er.” Where’s her sensitivity training?

    It’s not about the word…it’s about the context.

  66. dleclair2013 says: Aug 2, 2013 2:17 PM

    sickening. What Cooper said was disgusting but he appears sincerely contrite. What is more disgusting is how quickly the guys that are supposed to be his family have turned on him allowing this to potentially end his career. Every last one of the guys judging him have done or said something in their lives worse than this. A bunch of hypocrites living in glass houses quick to throw stones. The only difference is he was unlucky enough to have a camera on him. The problem is the world is full of thin skinned cry baby hypocrites. Once upon a time one of his teamates would have blew him up on the field and everyone would move on. And where is that scumbag marcus vick going to get $1000. He better start looking through his brothers couch cushions

  67. map1989 says: Aug 2, 2013 2:17 PM

    @marvsleezy
    Until white people are enslaved for 200 years, then systematically discriminated against for another 100 years, there will be a double standard!! Until white people are chased by a lynch mob of black people screaming kill the cracker or lynched while screaming kill the cracker that word isn’t close to the N word!! Do a little research, the word cracker comes from the overseer who cracked his whip as he was whipping a slave! I think his teammates should forgive him, his problem will be with the other 31 NFL teams….

  68. pjarvis64 says: Aug 2, 2013 2:18 PM

    Why hasn’t any one asked the question, what was done to provoke this? We all want to point the figure and not get to the point.

    Now I’m not saying that he had any right throwing out racial slurs, but come on.

    The media is just trying to create a stir because that’s what they do, drag people through the mud with out any proof. What happened to the days of responsible media?

  69. mvp43 says: Aug 2, 2013 2:18 PM

    I don’t condone whatsoever the use of that word, but overall is this worse than some players in that locker room that have been in trouble for domestic violence?

    Why aren’t we calling for their release?

  70. sincere80 says: Aug 2, 2013 2:19 PM

    It’s funny that before Micheal Vick became an Eagle; a lot of people thought he shouldn’t be allowed back on a football field. So to those supporters of Riley Cooper; are you valuing the life of a dog over a human being?

  71. surfinbird1 says: Aug 2, 2013 2:20 PM

    Sad,but he will probably get dumped for making a mistake. Yet, a lot of people calling for his head would or have supported: a dog killer, drunks that kill,illegal gun totin’,women beaters,drug users,or killers in the HOF. Go figure.

  72. Steeley McBeam says: Aug 2, 2013 2:21 PM

    Good to see the Eagles are concerned with the actual issue at hand and not the competitiveness of their WR corps. Do they actually care what he said or is this all a football decision?

    Drowing and electricution may brake my bones but words will never hurt me…

  73. roscoe2621 says: Aug 2, 2013 2:21 PM

    Its funny a white player can say a racial slur, not even directed at black people and all of this nonsense.
    but a black player can say a gay slur directed at gay people, not once but twice and nothing happens.

    smh

    It just goes to show it does not matter race or gender you just cant say or do somethings.

    leave the kid alone

  74. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 2, 2013 2:21 PM

    zeke2517 says: Aug 2, 2013 2:05 PM

    We here in America have come to love petty, knee-jerk panic reactions.

    Don’t have a problem? Just make one up and do something rash and ultimately counterproductive

    *************************************************

    Great point. People aren’t truly happy unless they can manufacture some artificial moral outrage over something.

  75. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 2, 2013 2:21 PM

    Six rings, people. Get with the program. Pittsburgh was not built overnight. Jealous?

  76. tangledupinblue12 says: Aug 2, 2013 2:24 PM

    For the love of Paula Deen, stop complaining about a “double standard” in which black players can drop the word and white players can’t. Of course there’s a double standard.

    Here’s how it breaks down: In exchange for 350-plus years of brutal forced slavery, persecution, lynching, and Jim Crow segregation, white people don’t get to say ONE word.

    It’s not that hard. I agree that the reaction to this is getting overblown. But let’s not act like it’s SO TOUGH to be white these days. As a white guy, I can tell you, it’s not. At all.

  77. skinsfan91 says: Aug 2, 2013 2:24 PM

    Hey ‘myeaglescantwin’ you’re comparing a murder investigation with words that came out of a guy’s mouth. Atrocity? Lets save that word for mass murderings, or genocides, not a dude saying a word.

  78. brownsfanhere says: Aug 2, 2013 2:24 PM

    Yeah, guys it was no big deal. He just used a historically horrific racial slur tied to the enslavement and subsequent repression of an entire group of people based upon the color of their skin that was carried out by the government and enforced by all manner of social constructs during a verbal confrontation with a specific black male. I mean come on, it’s just the PC police. After all, a white man would know all about how hurtful the term is and he isn’t offended by it so everyone should just let it go.

  79. annapterp says: Aug 2, 2013 2:25 PM

    Cooper is an idiot, but the Eagles are cowards. McCoy hits women and is an idiot..and racist too. Vick killed dogs and did time. Those two are ok but Cooper is gonna get cut? This is why the Eagles will always be losers.

  80. oakfolk says: Aug 2, 2013 2:26 PM

    The Eagles don’t want to cut him…at least, they don’t for using the word imo. BUT, they must consider cutting him because of the snowball effect that it is having. The locker room will be possibly divided. He’ll be harrassed when playing on the road. This thing has gotten bigger than it should have….only because everyone has an opinion and the media is out to hear everyone’s opinion. This is a huge distraction for the Eagles. Fair or not, that’s the reality.

  81. bigblu73 says: Aug 2, 2013 2:29 PM

    Don’t the Eagles have Arrelious Benn in camp??? He’s definitely a upgrade from Cooper. They just didn’t have enough football in TB for him after getting VJax.

  82. evrybdyhas1 says: Aug 2, 2013 2:30 PM

    The race issue begins and ends with the Human Race. We are all part of it lets respect and appreciate our differences.

  83. exhelodrvr says: Aug 2, 2013 2:33 PM

    Well, we see where the priorities lie as far as which types of behavior are acceptable, and which ones aren’t.

  84. tooz72 says: Aug 2, 2013 2:33 PM

    Moss, Ocho Stinko and T.O. are all by their phones waiting

  85. therealbleedcoltsblue says: Aug 2, 2013 2:33 PM

    If the Eagles can replace him???

    Hi-LARIOUS :)

    I’m sure the Eagles will have to look REAL hard for a racist, drunken blowhard, Kenny Chesney fan, with girly long hair and suspect field performance.

    I mean the guy has never caught 25 passes in a season or gained over 325 yards.

    Sooo… whats to replace??

  86. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 2, 2013 2:34 PM

    tangledupinblue12 says: Aug 2, 2013 2:24 PM

    For the love of Paula Deen, stop complaining about a “double standard” in which black players can drop the word and white players can’t. Of course there’s a double standard.

    Here’s how it breaks down: In exchange for 350-plus years of brutal forced slavery, persecution, lynching, and Jim Crow segregation, white people don’t get to say ONE word.

    It’s not that hard. I agree that the reaction to this is getting overblown. But let’s not act like it’s SO TOUGH to be white these days. As a white guy, I can tell you, it’s not. At all.

    **********************************************

    Here’s proof that you can be racist even against people of your own color.

  87. racklover says: Aug 2, 2013 2:34 PM

    @logicalvoice wow your hypocrisy really shows it is okay for to root for a team that has a racist name and has a drunk that killed someone playing for them but it is wrong to have a drunk that used a racist word playing for an opponent lol

  88. edavidberg says: Aug 2, 2013 2:34 PM

    I think the heartfelt apology (assuming it was) should be enough to save his job. That said, he just is not a good player. I’ve seen his team play and he can’t get open. His getting released was going to happen anyway.

  89. briscocountyjr says: Aug 2, 2013 2:37 PM

    brownsfanhere says:
    Aug 2, 2013 2:24 PM
    “Yeah, guys it was no big deal. He just used a historically horrific racial slur tied to the enslavement and subsequent repression of an entire group of people based upon the color of their skin that was carried out by the government and enforced by all manner of social constructs during a verbal confrontation with a specific black male. I mean come on, it’s just the PC police. After all, a white man would know all about how hurtful the term is and he isn’t offended by it so everyone should just let it go.”

    – Dan Snyder has your undivided attention.

  90. camkai says: Aug 2, 2013 2:38 PM

    If this guy gets a second chance buyer beware, because somebody is going to try and knock his freeken head off!
    all year long!

  91. seansds3d says: Aug 2, 2013 2:39 PM

    If the Eagles release him it will be because the locker room is now divided… those who can forgive and those who can’t and the distraction that causes… it won’t be just because of public pressure or the media.
    Meanwhile all the front office wants to do is win games and sell jerseys. All of this drama keeps them from doing that.

  92. jhisler says: Aug 2, 2013 2:39 PM

    First off this is an article based on an anonymous source. This could be an 8th string WR trying to thin out his position, or a no name asst coach expressing his opinion. No one knows if they wont cut him just because of depth. Second of all, anyone comparing this to aaron hernandez is dumb. Hernandez is accused of murder, Cooper just said a bad word.

  93. wfmulder says: Aug 2, 2013 2:40 PM

    snowman36 says:
    Aug 2, 2013 1:57 PM
    African Americans have attempted to transform a word that was solely meant for hate into a term of endearment amoungst each-other.
    —————————————————-

    Or they’re giving credence and power to one of the most ugliest words in our history, and to the people that created it.

    You decide which is more appropriate. You can’t have it both ways. Either it’s shameful to all, or shameful to none.

  94. bigbadbills says: Aug 2, 2013 2:42 PM

    Cutting him does no good for either side. The goal here is to stop racial tensions, cutting him will only further entrench each side. The best solution is for Riley to work with inner city youths as a volunteer. Spend time with them to learn about the everyday struggles these kids are faced with, that most of us will never have to face in a lifetime. It will help him understand why the N-word is so offensive to the black community. Education is what is needed here not punishment.

  95. uravagina says: Aug 2, 2013 2:44 PM

    As an Eagles fan, I think he should be cut because he is dividing the locker room.

    I think it begs the question though, if he is to be released from the team – is using that word considered worse than committing a crime, worse than torturing animals?

    Don’t get me wrong, I think his actions were reprehensible – but I also think Michael Vick’s were. If the Eagles are to release Cooper after signing Vick it would have to be presented as a “cancer” in the locker room – not because of his actions.

  96. jonmcd8 says: Aug 2, 2013 2:48 PM

    “Cooper already would have been cut if Jeremy Maclin hadn’t torn an ACL six days ago. With both Maclin and Cooper gone, the Eagles have DeSean Jackson, Jason Avant, and pretty much no one.”

    So without Maclin or Cooper the Eagles only have DeSean and Avant, but if Maclin wasn’t hurt Cooper would be gone. I guess the Eagles had only planned for 3 wideouts Maclin, DeSean, and Avant.

  97. steelcurtainn says: Aug 2, 2013 2:50 PM

    Give me a break. This guys says one drunken bad word and he’s gonna be replaced yet Michael Vick kills dogs and he’s still the starting qb. Makes sense to me…..not…..What he said was wrong but cmon he media has taken this story around the country way overboard.

  98. motobus says: Aug 2, 2013 2:50 PM

    The issue isn’t that he said “the N word”, the issue is that he got into an altercation with a black guy, and his position when confronted was that “he’ll beat up every n***** here.”

    If you think the response would be the same had this been a video of Riley Cooper rapping along with a song whose lyrics included “the N word” you are very mistaken.

    If you think there would not be an outrage over a video of a black athlete threatening to “beat up every cracker in here” after getting into a fight with a white guy you are wrong.

    The use of “the N word” is a touchy subject. In the media this issue has taken on a life of its own and has sort of evolved into a questions as to wether or not its ok for white people to say “the n word”. However, thats really not what this issue is about and viewing it as such totally disregards the fact when confronted by a black man Riley Cooper’s reaction was to threaten to beat up him and every other black person in attendance.

  99. Darkoestrada says: Aug 2, 2013 2:54 PM

    Wow, the comment sections on all these Riley cooper stories are disgusting. A lot of ignorant people read this blog. Can you really not tell the difference between the way rappers and black teammates may use the word and the way cooper used it? I’m sure he really regrets it and could eventually be forgiven but to act like he did nothing wrong or to think that the media is ruining his career is really outrageous.

  100. hotwings4u says: Aug 2, 2013 2:55 PM

    I feel for Riley Cooper. Opponents are going to try and take his head off.
    Honestly, he is going to endure more “pain” by playing versus being cut. Thats punishment enough.

  101. 70chip says: Aug 2, 2013 2:56 PM

    Eagles can always bring back todd pinkston! or Fred ex!

  102. nirvana504 says: Aug 2, 2013 2:56 PM

    I didn’t even realize he was still in the league

  103. raiderufan says: Aug 2, 2013 2:57 PM

    tangledupinblue12 says:
    Aug 2, 2013 2:24 PM
    For the love of Paula Deen, stop complaining about a “double standard” in which black players can drop the word and white players can’t. Of course there’s a double standard.

    Here’s how it breaks down: In exchange for 350-plus years of brutal forced slavery, persecution, lynching, and Jim Crow segregation, white people don’t get to say ONE word.

    It’s not that hard. I agree that the reaction to this is getting overblown. But let’s not act like it’s SO TOUGH to be white these days. As a white guy, I can tell you, it’s not. At all.

    Who is arguing that it is tough to be white? Are you saying that because it’s tough to be black double standards should be accepted? If equality is the end game than be equal.

    The problem is that this mans career is being ruined over 1 word that wasn’t used at his place of employment but is used REGULARLY in his place of employment by African American men. The standard for the company should be the same regardless of race. It’s actually a law. The race of the person using the word is irrelevant when the use of the word is enough to get one man fined and/or fired. THAT is the argument. And if you want to argue context then you’re getting into a really slippery slope. The word is the word. Riley can say they’d been joking like that all day and this person caught it once…it’s seems aggressive to you. Now we are deciding whose word to take. The problem is use of the word period.

    I have no desire to use that word and defending a man from having his life ruined is not indicative of a desire to use the word or condoning his actions.

  104. nflpoker says: Aug 2, 2013 3:04 PM

    What Cooper did was wrong and disgusting, but a lot of you are acting like sharks after smelling blood in the water. I almost feel like getting a Cooper jersey. The only reason I would get it would be to show I don’t agree with the holier-than-thou hypocrites, the people who are drunk on PC, and the removing a player from his livelihood for saying a word when teams keep other players, even though they broke the law.

  105. nflpoker says: Aug 2, 2013 3:06 PM

    I guess Cooper wasn’t black enough.

  106. bloodisred says: Aug 2, 2013 3:07 PM

    Wow, what a discussion.

    For all the folks supporting Cooper because he apologized: What did he apologize for and why? His use of the word or discovery his use of the word.

    Talking about the double standard: Yup, it’s there. Should anyone use it, joking or not? No. I don’t aggree with its use and cringe when people who “look like me” use the word however, the context, tone and source are important. The way he said it was bad, and I felt it. Sorry, that’s just the way it is … it carries different weight out of the mouth of a white man, especially in anger.

    On losing one’s job: I’ve witnessed two people within the past 3 years fired from government jobs for jokingly (I think) using the term (one instance was offsite); it’s an employer’s responsiblity to present employees with a decent work environment and their right to part ways with those who’s personal conduct may inhibit the overall success of the mission/company.

  107. bubbamonkey100 says: Aug 2, 2013 3:08 PM

    Didn’t take long for the NFL to turn into a joke this year did it…..not gonna get a dime of mine this year.

  108. schmitty2 says: Aug 2, 2013 3:09 PM

    The Eagles Motto: “We employ convicted felons and fire alleged racists”

  109. judsonjr says: Aug 2, 2013 3:10 PM

    Is it really that hard to replace 15 to 20 catches a year?

  110. hotwings4u says: Aug 2, 2013 3:16 PM

    nflpoker, You do that and you will get hurt. Don’t bring attention to yourself. Cooper probably wishes he didnt.

    Even if you dont value your life….I do.

  111. briscocountyjr says: Aug 2, 2013 3:25 PM

    skinsfan91 says:
    Aug 2, 2013 2:24 PM
    “Hey ‘myeaglescantwin’ you’re comparing a murder investigation with words that came out of a guy’s mouth. Atrocity? Lets save that word for mass murderings, or genocides, not a dude saying a word.”

    – Like what our nation’s history meant for the Native Americans? Yep, that was an atrocity, so let’s not change the REDSKINS (back) to the Braves or some other non-racial, socially inexcusable bent.

  112. gooseusaf1 says: Aug 2, 2013 3:35 PM

    bluereign says: Aug 2, 2013 1:48 PM

    He said something horribly stupid and fractured the locker room which ultimately caused his NFL future to be in jeopardy.

    With that being said, it’s absolutely pathetic that some of the African Americans in the locker room can’t get over this. This is a big deal to some, but while all of the African Americans share a race, they also have mothers, sisters and other female family members so they should be just as offended when the likes of Shady McCoy beat women.

    But also, African Americans do have the right to act like this and no matter how immature it may come across as, Cooper made his own bed.

    ——————————————————–

    Amen on your first point but no one really has a “right” to act a fool no matter race, age, sex, religion or sexual preference.

  113. mrb1000 says: Aug 2, 2013 3:47 PM

    who use the n word! cooper! who cause this problem! cooper! this is his fault! now all of you can say what you want but their is a price to pay for your words! once something comes out of your mouth you cannot take it back! words killed more people than any weapon in history! this should be a lesson for all! cooper should be fired! let us all move on and say ignorance will not be tolerated anymore in America!

  114. wtfchiefs says: Aug 2, 2013 4:07 PM

    Stupid and ignorant thing for Cooper to say no doubt, but there are convicted felons, drunk drivers, wife beaters, rapists, drug addicts, drug dealers, gang bangers, etc. currently playing in the NFL, and Cooper could get cut for using a slur? Something is just not on the level there IMO.

  115. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 2, 2013 4:10 PM

    I don’t believe they are keeping him because they desperately need WRs. The “source close to the situation” sounds weak to me. It’s not like Cooper is a great WR that can’t be replaced or something.

    Sorry not buying it.

  116. sopadegato says: Aug 2, 2013 4:33 PM

    DUI? Who cares! A slap on the wrist and you’re back on the field. Violate the dreaded law of political correctness? Oh my god, your career is over.

    I really hate modern society sometimes. No, I’m not saying what he did was right, just that people have some really screwed up priorities.

  117. bigblu73 says: Aug 2, 2013 4:42 PM

    motobus says:
    Aug 2, 2013 2:50 PM
    The issue isn’t that he said “the N word”, the issue is that he got into an altercation with a black guy, and his position when confronted was that “he’ll beat up every n***** here.”

    If you think the response would be the same had this been a video of Riley Cooper rapping along with a song whose lyrics included “the N word” you are very mistaken.

    If you think there would not be an outrage over a video of a black athlete threatening to “beat up every cracker in here” after getting into a fight with a white guy you are wrong.

    The use of “the N word” is a touchy subject. In the media this issue has taken on a life of its own and has sort of evolved into a questions as to wether or not its ok for white people to say “the n word”. However, thats really not what this issue is about and viewing it as such totally disregards the fact when confronted by a black man Riley Cooper’s reaction was to threaten to beat up him and every other black person in attendance.
    ———————————————————
    Very aptly put!!!! You can tell by many of the comments on here that many of the people commenting havent even watched the video!!!LOL It wasn’t a simple case of Cooper just using the “N” word. He was angry, volatile and hate filled. He may have been intoxicated but I think it had just as much to do with the fact that he was at a Kenny Chesney Country music event and felt comfortable spewing that hate.

  118. bunjy96 says: Aug 2, 2013 5:05 PM

    Another mountain built by the media that will cost him his job which many others have done from both the blacks and whites.

    T Martin result, caused this media supplied outrage.

  119. mail2bency says: Aug 2, 2013 5:19 PM

    “… I fail to understand how so called artist / music moguls like Jay-Z and other gangster rappers are deified by the same media while using the N-Word over and over again? These supposed role models teach kids to use this word in every day life that promotes them to disrespect each other, commit violence against each other and hate themselves yet they are the heroes presented by the media for these young people to look up to. So it appears to me that this so called “political correctness” is just a sham to actually create more inequality and continue the subjugation of the under privileged!”

    Dude, because there’s a difference when a black guy says to another black guy and when a white guy says it to a black guy. I’m neither black or white (not that it matters), however the answer to your question should be fairly obvious- or maybe its not?

  120. girthbrooks2013 says: Aug 2, 2013 5:28 PM

    filthyMcnasty1 is using racist guilt to make all of us Native Americans laugh at the hypocrisy of every NFL fan and black or white player owner or manager. So long as the Washington team carries its savage looking decals together with its name and until reparations for the Trail of Tears are fully paid…all fans are hypocrites and lack standing to speak on the issue.Until then keep up scalping of Riley.

  121. e23r0 says: Aug 2, 2013 6:12 PM

    With all the trouble SF’s been having replacing their WR’s. I think Cooper is staying put.

  122. ceschatz says: Aug 2, 2013 6:22 PM

    This is pathetic. In the NFL we have grown men doing drugs, hyping up on prescription meds and PEDs, driving drunk and putting lives at risk and alk they get are some suspensions or fines. but here is a guy who now is going to basically lose his career for saying a word? The sensitivity of America has become nothing more than pathetic and laughable.

  123. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 2, 2013 6:51 PM

    girthbrooks2013 says: Aug 2, 2013 5:28 PM

    filthyMcnasty1 is using racist guilt to make all of us Native Americans laugh at the hypocrisy of every NFL fan and black or white player owner or manager. So long as the Washington team carries its savage looking decals together with its name and until reparations for the Trail of Tears are fully paid…all fans are hypocrites and lack standing to speak on the issue.Until then keep up scalping of Riley.

    ************************************************

    I’m white, therefore I’m naughty.

  124. thetooloftools says: Aug 2, 2013 6:54 PM

    REALLY? Now the Eagles get a pass this season because a guy drops an N-Word at a Country Music concert. dui’s, dog fighting, assults are just… wiped away… but say the N-word and oh my God. A white guy said that? Oh… team unity out the window… he’s now a cancer?
    Stand down Philly and sack up.
    This is all just hype. If Philly wins “look what they overcame” and if they lose “well their was problems before the first pre season game”.
    It laughable.

  125. granadafan says: Aug 2, 2013 7:34 PM

    “Illlogicaldumbarsesays says: Aug 2, 2013 1:30 PM
    What an INCOMPOTENT franchise. Thank GOD sensible PEOPLE run things here under Snyder, Allen and Shanahan.”
    ============================================

    Snyder was so competent that his field destroyed his QBs knee. Great work there foreskins!

  126. lakermetskins says: Aug 2, 2013 8:24 PM

    The media is blowing this waaaaay out of proportion and Cooper should not be severely punished for this menial action.

    Sign, Thomas Robb,
    co-signed David Duke.

  127. bartlettruss says: Aug 3, 2013 9:38 AM

    Better to get rid of one guy than to alienate a large portion of the team and continue to divide the locker room. Problem is to replace him at a time when all the teams are squatting on the available talent with 90 man rosters. Look for the Eagles to bring in a guy after training camp when the cuts have been made. He’ll be behind the learning curve, but he’ll be the “best available”.

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