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Kelly: Eagles aren’t parting ways with Cooper

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Embattled Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper has been excused from all his team obligations, but coach Chip Kelly said the team wasn’t considering cutting him.

According to Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com, Kelly said Cooper’s leave of absence wasn’t about getting him off the roster.

“There has never been any question of cutting Riley,” Kelly said. “His status with us is not in question.”

Kelly also said there was a team meeting without Cooper today, and no player has told him that they wouldn’t play with Cooper.

Using his absence as a test drive for a future parting makes sense, but the Eagles  are treading carefully on this one, since there’s a case to be made that they need him on the field.

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

    Sticks and stones

  2. therealtrenches says: Aug 2, 2013 2:58 PM

    That’s funny…I thought i remembered teading somewhere that his career would be over in short order.

    Good for Chip Kelly for not getting lost in the (media frenzied) moment, and focusing on the big picture instead.

  3. therealbleedcoltsblue says: Aug 2, 2013 2:59 PM

    It’s a good thing he didn’t say ‘cornball brother’…

    now THAT will get you fired EVERY time.

    #doublestandard

  4. iced107 says: Aug 2, 2013 2:59 PM

    I don’t see why people want him cut so bad…

    If you truly don’t like the guy then I would think you’d be praying he’d start…wonder if any defensive players are gonna have a private bounty on him…

  5. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 2, 2013 3:00 PM

    I am willing to bet that in the long run the locker room will not be what they want it to be. Thumbs this down if you must, but it is true.

  6. bozak says: Aug 2, 2013 3:01 PM

    i had much to say about it… :-)

  7. jawslsp says: Aug 2, 2013 3:01 PM

    This is not newsworthy. The man made a mistake and should not lose his career/livelihood over something that is arguably considered free speech.

  8. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 2, 2013 3:02 PM

    If they cut him, somebody would take a shot and give him a second chance. So they really should at least try to trade him before actually cutting him anyway. Or do what they are posturing to do and try to make it work with him if they are that sure he has strong potential to make big contributions. I’m still skeptical about that and think a second chance in a new city is the most ideal option. That would obviously have to be a team that is hurting at WR. So maybe in the preseason when more teams take hits at WR then that trade window can open up.

  9. greenbirdish says: Aug 2, 2013 3:03 PM

    I don’t think the emotions on the team are going to go away any time soon. Is this dude really worth keeping?

  10. runwright44 says: Aug 2, 2013 3:04 PM

    This season cannot begin soon enough for me.

  11. jbaxt says: Aug 2, 2013 3:04 PM

    They haven’t parted ways because they’d have to part ways with the whole team if dropping the n word was the justification. Freedom of speech is a thing of the past. You can thank all the liberal whine bags for the sissification of America.

  12. rjkilla says: Aug 2, 2013 3:04 PM

    can we all stop acting like riley cooper matters at all to anybody or anything anywhere? he’s average at best

  13. seanb20124 says: Aug 2, 2013 3:04 PM

    2 TD ‘s in season opener all will be forgiven.

  14. logicailvoicesays says: Aug 2, 2013 3:06 PM

    Thank God I’m a Redskins fan. I get to watch the best and classiest team in NFL history win Super Bowls with a fantastic group of players, coaches and management.

    Opening MNF game:

    Redskins 42
    Eagles 0

  15. Stiller43 says: Aug 2, 2013 3:06 PM

    Good. A world where a man gets charged with murder (later convicted of obstructing justice), and doesnt get cut, but a guy who said a simple word once does get get would be a world i dont want to imagine.

  16. cowpiesnotcowboys says: Aug 2, 2013 3:07 PM

    Just cut him. Cooper showed very questionable decision making attending a Kenny Chesney concert.

  17. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 2, 2013 3:08 PM

    jawslsp says:
    Aug 2, 2013 3:01 PM

    This is not newsworthy. The man made a mistake and should not lose his career/livelihood over something that is arguably considered free speech.
    __________________________________

    We are talking about a business that relies on the chemistry of its members. If anything interferes with that chemistry, no matter the reason, the business-minded approach is to sever it.

  18. blackngold4life says: Aug 2, 2013 3:08 PM

    Has been excused from all team activities.. lol not good

  19. runfaster21 says: Aug 2, 2013 3:11 PM

    jawslsp says: Aug 2, 2013 3:01 PM

    This is not newsworthy. The man made a mistake and should not lose his career/livelihood over something that is arguably considered free speech.

    You’re not real clear on what “freedom of speech” actually means, are you?

  20. seanemac75 says: Aug 2, 2013 3:11 PM

    I have an idea. make every player that has an issue with him over the comments, look him in the eye and say I have never said anything racist about another race or religion in my life.

  21. bucrightoff says: Aug 2, 2013 3:12 PM

    From the guy who said he wasn’t leaving Oregon because of the sanctions.

  22. bennyb82 says: Aug 2, 2013 3:12 PM

    It really is only a matter of time before the media reports on something like this and a man or family loses their life. Until that day, issues like this will be blown up and covered constantly.

  23. kane337 says: Aug 2, 2013 3:13 PM

    Good for the Eagles. Screw the media that wants him cut or suspended for saying a bad word. What he said was bad, but enough already.

  24. reesesteel23 says: Aug 2, 2013 3:14 PM

    Of all the people defending Riley, 0% have said he is a good football player.

  25. bucrightoff says: Aug 2, 2013 3:14 PM

    jbaxt says:Aug 2, 2013 3:04 PM

    They haven’t parted ways because they’d have to part ways with the whole team if dropping the n word was the justification. Freedom of speech is a thing of the past. You can thank all the liberal whine bags for the sissification of America.
    _________________________________________

    Sigh….freedom of speech doesn’t mean freedom of consequence, otherwise you could go around all day threatening to kill people and hide behind free speech. Good luck with that.

  26. oakfolk says: Aug 2, 2013 3:14 PM

    Wanna know how phony this whole thing is? If Cooper stays on the team and the Eagles go on to have a successful season, they’ll claim this was a rallying point that brought the team together. If Cooper stays and the Eagles have a terrible season, they’ll say this was the start of the downward spiral. Easy call.

  27. monkeyhateclean says: Aug 2, 2013 3:14 PM

    jawslsp says: Aug 2, 2013 3:01 PM

    This is not newsworthy. The man made a mistake and should not lose his career/livelihood over something that is arguably considered free speech.

    ___________________________________

    His right to free speech was never in jeopardy, but there is no such thing as a right to employment, and his employers are duly concerned when one of their employees speaks this way publicly.

    Its no different Rob “Cornball Brother” Parker, really. Parker said something ignorant and racially-charged, and ESPN decided they didn’t want him representing them anymore.

    Free speech is free, but not free from consequences.

  28. chiadam says: Aug 2, 2013 3:16 PM

    Nadafinga!

  29. bobonmycob says: Aug 2, 2013 3:17 PM

    Hrmm… a taller quick WR that has shined in camp and caught every pass coming his way…. Yeah let’s cut him over freedom of speech.. LOL.. what a joke

  30. bennyb82 says: Aug 2, 2013 3:17 PM

    I hope that 100 years from now people will read about our society and laugh at us because we made such a big deal about the shade of a person’s skin. Stories about race just keep people divided. As long as the media keeps plotting us all against each other, we are never gonna all feel the same. If the media had any sense of responsibility, we would be much better off.

  31. canetic says: Aug 2, 2013 3:18 PM

    I wish there was this kind of outrage when Leonard Little killed a young mother while driving drunk… then a few years later got busted again for DUI. The Rams kept him on their team.

    Riley Cooper said a word. BFD. If you don’t like it, don’t be friends with him. Don’t buy his jersey. Vote with your dollar. But let’s not lose perspective.

  32. wamj2008 says: Aug 2, 2013 3:19 PM

    Murders and wife beaters occupy NFL locker rooms. Why should someone be fired for saying something dumb?

  33. i, flounder says: Aug 2, 2013 3:21 PM

    freedom of speech doesn’t mean there aren’t consequences for your actions. his future employment depends on two things.
    1. did he anger the customers enough that it affects business.
    2. did he upset the workplace enough that it affects productivity.

  34. eagleswin says: Aug 2, 2013 3:22 PM

    This is the second time in a month that the media has tried to railroad a guy and failed.

    At least this time NBC isn’t being sued for “modifying” evidence to fit their narrative. Kudos to NBC not being sued this time.

  35. kelz1966kelz1966 says: Aug 2, 2013 3:22 PM

    If they cut him it would open up a can of worm about how they swept McCoys troubles under the carpet and bring scrutiny from the womens groups that the owner is a big supporter of.

  36. commonsensedude says: Aug 2, 2013 3:24 PM

    For the record I am black and, although I am very disappointed in Cooper’s comments, I hope he gets another chance. There has to be a way for people who do the wrong thing (within certain limits) to have a chance to have their career redeemed. That goes for both players like Cooper, who say seriously inflammatory things as well as for players like Michael Vick, who broke the law.

    But let’s not make any mistake about it – words are powerful and can do lasting damage. There are things that you could say to your wives that would cause long-term damage to your marriages. There are things that you can say to your kids that will affect them well into their adulthood. And similarly, racially inflammatory statements, although they are just words, can open the door of doubt that will make people wonder for a long time what you really think about them. Some things we say can cause damage and I hope that Riley Cooper both gets a second chance and uses that second chance to try to repair some of the damage his words have caused.

  37. adolfoliverbush says: Aug 2, 2013 3:26 PM

    Riley Cooper plays football. That’s all

  38. mrshill0905 says: Aug 2, 2013 3:27 PM

    Ben Rothlisberger is a saint and so is Riley Cooper in the eyes of a true American!!! I guess that’s why they are so loved globally!!!

  39. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 2, 2013 3:28 PM

    Wow an actual voice of reason. I hope Kelly is successful in the NFL just because of this.

    Fine him, sit him a game, whatever, don’t cut the guy for a very human mistake.

  40. skinswillsurprise says: Aug 2, 2013 3:29 PM

    They should not cut him. He made a mistake. All you people who say that the word is used daily, it is, but mostly by people of color. He should have not said what he said. The anger in his voice when he said it is what makes people cringe. Good luck Cooper. HTTR!!

  41. nflpoker says: Aug 2, 2013 3:30 PM

    I respect Kelly for what he said. Cooper my be cut later, but the media and those who want blood will have to wait. Maybe he doesn’t think you are worth listening to. I agree, you are not.

  42. jayniner says: Aug 2, 2013 3:30 PM

    If they dropped every player that used that word, they would have to replace 75% of the team…..

  43. audioflint says: Aug 2, 2013 3:32 PM

    It’s amazing that people don’t demand the release of players who beat up their wives. I guess what we say is more important than what we do.

  44. illiniftw says: Aug 2, 2013 3:33 PM

    I hope he’s “mic’d up” on game day and we get to hear what he gets called to his face. Then we can watch as the league does nothing

  45. armchairqb says: Aug 2, 2013 3:35 PM

    His status is not in question. But they’re willing to let him be “excused” during the most important part of the summer when he’s supposed to be learning and entirely different offensive scheme.

    So he can go get “counseling” for saying a stupid word?

    Cut him and end it. But please stop with this idiocy. Counseling? Gimme a break. Do you think that will help his teammates like him?

  46. fatpappy says: Aug 2, 2013 3:37 PM

    What Cooper said was stupid and the word should not be used. Period. However, I am more offended by someone like McCoy’s response. He says he can’t respect him and he is no longer a friend. Really?! Funny how Cooper, his friend (at the time apparently) stood by oh so classy McCoy when he was saying WAY MORE offensive things towards women, specifically the mother of his child. We all have mothers, yet where was the outcry, the calls for a leave of absence? With “friends like McCoy, who needs enemies?

  47. thedcunit says: Aug 2, 2013 3:38 PM

    WOW THANK YOU SO MUCH GUYS !

    - Redskins Nation

  48. 666foles says: Aug 2, 2013 3:40 PM

    cowpiesnotcowboys says:
    Aug 2, 2013 3:07 PM
    Just cut him. Cooper showed very questionable decision making attending a Kenny Chesney concert………Ok buddy time for a new joke. keep it fresh and classy

  49. zn0rseman says: Aug 2, 2013 3:41 PM

    For using a word that thousands of his fellow athletes, black ones no less, say every day on football fields all over the country.

    It would not surprise me at all if his usage of that word was spawned by their usage of it in the first place.

    $0.02,

    –Z

  50. rcali says: Aug 2, 2013 3:41 PM

    Drunk Driver or Person who says a naughty word? I’ll take the foul mouth guy everyday. Let’s see, thumbs down from those who love getting drunk and driving around town risking innocent lives.

  51. hatesycophants says: Aug 2, 2013 3:42 PM

    Really, Coach? You folks never even considered cutting him? Why not?

  52. swaggyy says: Aug 2, 2013 3:43 PM

    Good it doesn’t make sense to let him go. You don’t fire an employee because of something he said outside of work, drunk, at a Kenny Chesney concert. Smh

  53. briscocountyjr says: Aug 2, 2013 3:43 PM

    My view on this is consistent with each media attempt to leverage this story.

    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 when someone is talented the capitalist media/corporate culture find forgiveness. If you don’t have skills, there is less forgiveness, and will to understand.

  54. immafubared says: Aug 2, 2013 3:43 PM

    Bull. When I hear the owner say that I will believe it

  55. sourdoughsam says: Aug 2, 2013 3:44 PM

    This is still one of the best sites for all-around NFL news, but I’m really beginning to resent the predictable PC policing from a certain staff member whose last name rhymes with Oreo.

  56. skittlesareyum says: Aug 2, 2013 3:48 PM

    jawslsp says:
    Aug 2, 2013 3:01 PM
    This is not newsworthy. The man made a mistake and should not lose his career/livelihood over something that is arguably considered free speech.

    —————

    I agree with you on the first part, but this is not a free speech issue. Free speech only deals with the government. A company firing someone because that person embarrasses them with their comments is not a free speech issue. And before it’s blamed on today’s PC culture, free speech has always been like this.

  57. bluejacketsfan16 says: Aug 2, 2013 3:49 PM

    Not saying what Cooper did was right, but if LeSean McCoy called a white security guard at a Lil Wayne concert a ‘honkey’ then this doesn’t even get looked by the media or his teammates.

  58. briscocountyjr says: Aug 2, 2013 3:51 PM

    thedcunit says:
    Aug 2, 2013 3:38 PM

    “WOW THANK YOU SO MUCH GUYS !

    - Redskins Nation”

    Thanking them so your team doesn’t have to address their name that is the Native American equivalent?

    This topic, I imagine, should inspire REDSKIN fans to take this opportunity to reflect about the origin of the team name. It isn’t like “Braves”, “Chiefs”, “Seminoles”… or even like “Vikings”, among others for that matter. The name has a racial charge to it that indicates a violent and underrated history in our nation with relation to atrocities toward Native Americans.

    I wonder what Dan Snyder’s take is…?

  59. claymatthewshairplugs says: Aug 2, 2013 3:53 PM

    Damn if I didn’t know about any of this I’d think Riley Cooper did something almost as bad as Hernandez did the way the media is treating him.

  60. rabidbillsfan says: Aug 2, 2013 3:54 PM

    This is what I want to see happen. A reporter to grow a pair and when it’s time to interview Mr. McCoy or any other player that had a problem with what he said, ask him this. Excuse me, Mr. McCoy, Could you, for all of us here, repeat the word that made you lose all respect for Mr. Cooper and tell me how it sounds as it rolls off your tounge. No voice inflection, no context, just the word.” I will bet my lifetime earnings he will not do it. Why? Well first, it would be incredibly dumb on his part, and I do realize that, but if he actually has any brain cells what so ever he will realize he is ostricizing a teammate of another skin color for using a word he uses ever single day, or atleast hears every single day, in an “endearing” fashion. I highly doubt Cooper is Racist, if that was the case, we would have heard something about him being a poor locker presence during all of this, or something about him just not being right. People want to paint him as a racist because it fits their agenda, “Oh look, Racism is still alive and well, we are so opressed!” It’s that mindset that drives it and makes it harder to go away, not the use of the word. If anything, it was a sign that he may, in fact, be stupid, which is a far greater concern in this country. I’m not racist, white black, blue yellow, or any sexual orientation… if you are stupid, then I cannot defend you. Let me give you some reading material, if this makes it through… Here in Buffalo we have a semi-strict ticket scalping policy, while not part of my job, I do enjoy kicking Scalpers and bootleggers off the properties they do not belong, well, at one corner, there looked to be one black man selling tickets where he wasn’t supposed to be, I approached him, told him he needed to leave. this is what happened next and I quote. “What? Why! Don’t you see that white man right behind you selling tickets? Oh this is a race thing huh? ‘Cause I’m black. This is ridiculous, you’ll get yours man, you’re a racist.” With which I responded, “well, now that you mention it, I did miss that, but he wasn’t holding a sign that says ‘I NEED/SELL TICKETS’.” Classic profiling… going after the guy with a sign…

  61. thedcunit says: Aug 2, 2013 3:55 PM

    “Eagles aren’t interested in Vick”

  62. hdahs143 says: Aug 2, 2013 3:57 PM

    jbaxt says: Aug 2, 2013 3:04 PM

    They haven’t parted ways because they’d have to part ways with the whole team if dropping the n word was the justification. Freedom of speech is a thing of the past. You can thank all the liberal whine bags for the sissification of America.
    ====================================
    And you can thank windbags like Limbaugh and Hannity for the generation of yahoos like this guy, who have to inject politics into everything, simply because they can’t think for themselves.

  63. allhailkingflacco says: Aug 2, 2013 3:59 PM

    Do black people have a copyright on the N word and I simply didn’t get the memo ?

    Is that what this is about ?

    Now, that would at least bring a little bit of clarity to this mind numbing circus that just won’t seem to go away.

  64. racklover says: Aug 2, 2013 4:00 PM

    @logical voice ya redskins are classiest, that is why they signed a murderer in the offseason, stallworth, and have a racist name. Lol that is real class

  65. neemdaddy13 says: Aug 2, 2013 4:02 PM

    Chip Kelly is going to lose his team before the first preseason game. Why keep Cooper on the team? He couldn’t even make any other team in the league.. This ought to be fun to watch unfold.

  66. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 2, 2013 4:04 PM

    If Cooper could lose his job over saying that at a concert while drinking, then doesn’t all of the NFL and the majority of society have something to be concerned about?

  67. allinskins says: Aug 2, 2013 4:05 PM

    Better not go across the middle too often Riley. There happens to be a lot of those people you so thoughtfully described in your video on the opposite of the field…… Must see TV

  68. urbusted2 says: Aug 2, 2013 4:09 PM

    Everyone should listen to what Michael Irvin said this morning. I won’t even try and paraphrase his comments. He has become a very wise and good man. I see Irvin in an even more positive light now. Thank you Michael for your wisdom and words of healing.

  69. dstep24 says: Aug 2, 2013 4:11 PM

    Thank you Chip Kelly.

    Bring some levity and reality to this nonsense.

  70. jrazz22 says: Aug 2, 2013 4:12 PM

    This should be a lesson for all us white folks out there. We are the only ones that can be labeled a racist. Tread carefully.

  71. nflpoker says: Aug 2, 2013 4:13 PM

    bennyb82 says:
    Aug 2, 2013 3:17 PM
    I hope that 100 years from now people will read about our society and laugh at us because we made such a big deal about the shade of a person’s skin. Stories about race just keep people divided. As long as the media keeps plotting us all against each other, we are never gonna all feel the same. If the media had any sense of responsibility, we would be much better off.
    ————————————
    That’s surely the truth. But let us not forget the race baiters Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.

  72. dstep24 says: Aug 2, 2013 4:22 PM

    allinskins says:
    Aug 2, 2013 4:05 PM
    Better not go across the middle too often Riley. There happens to be a lot of those people you so thoughtfully described in your video on the opposite of the field…… Must see TV
    ____________________

    Well, then according to your logic, there should be plenty of black players who get the same “across the middle” treatment, since many of them use the word a helluva lot more than Riley Cooper did in that video……Hypocrisy TV

  73. thejuddstir says: Aug 2, 2013 4:22 PM

    Tree hugging liberals are going to ruin this damn country yet. Call their dog a “mutt” and they want to sue you, get you fired and throw your azz in jail. They want the rest of us to feel like we are ignorant uneducated idiots because we choose to live in the real world vs. their utopian fantasy world.

  74. eglsfan says: Aug 2, 2013 4:23 PM

    @logicailvoicesays says:
    Aug 2, 2013 3:06 PM
    Thank God I’m a Redskins fan. I get to watch the best and classiest team in NFL history win Super Bowls with a fantastic group of players, coaches and management.

    yeah Haynesworth is a real gem of a human, got any blow for Dexter Manley? At least you quarterback invented the Joe Theisman pencil sharper with his leg

  75. goodellisruiningtheleague says: Aug 2, 2013 4:26 PM

    Just read that Cooper has left the NFL for an undetermined amount of time.

  76. nflpoker says: Aug 2, 2013 4:27 PM

    hdahs143 says:
    Aug 2, 2013 3:57 PM
    jbaxt says: Aug 2, 2013 3:04 PM

    They haven’t parted ways because they’d have to part ways with the whole team if dropping the n word was the justification. Freedom of speech is a thing of the past. You can thank all the liberal whine bags for the sissification of America.
    ====================================
    And you can thank windbags like Limbaugh and Hannity for the generation of yahoos like this guy, who have to inject politics into everything, simply because they can’t think for themselves.
    ___________________________________

    And the liberals don’t?? C’mon

  77. jbaxt says: Aug 2, 2013 4:27 PM

    For clarification, since common sense sense skipped some of you, my comment about liberals ties into all the redskin nonsense and rainbow players from Notre Dame. For those of you that might have missed those repeated topics, you must have found PFT about 2 hours ago. The stories of race, sex, and murder run more than a Nigerian in a daily marathon. And he was a white Nigerian, I don’t want anyone to be offended.

  78. gromgrimfist says: Aug 2, 2013 4:29 PM

    doesn’t the n word just mean ignorant I often laugh when I hear black people saying it towards each other and ask myself the same question yes I understand what he said was inappropriate and I don’t support it but the which hunt for him saying it is equally inappropriate I have been called white trash honky hick hill billy cracker by black people more times then I have ever thought to use that word but did I ever get butt hurt over it no and before you go screaming I am a racist my current gf is from Kenya and have dated many other African american women and me and my gf sat down and talked about this earlier today and she agreed with me that something spoken out of anger often is not how people think how many men have called there wives or gfs a b1tch or women there husband’s or bf an a$$hole is that actually how you feel about them no or you wouldn’t be with them how many people have made a remark about something or someone being gay is that the truth probably not and alcohol also being involved makes judgement even worse a fine was more then enough punishment for him anything more then that and the NFL definitely needs to reevaluate there other punishments they hand out for things that are actually illegal not for the use of a word that means someone is ignorant learn to take the word for what it is a word and it holds no power over as I said about the words that have been said to me most by family members or friends of people i was dating

  79. mrcincinnati says: Aug 2, 2013 4:40 PM

    sign T.O. and Ocho Cinco…dream team

  80. tlmoon2112 says: Aug 2, 2013 4:40 PM

    Id Riley was black, this story wouldn’t exist. Crap like this is how Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have gotten so rich. There will NEVER be racial peace in America because ITS FREE, it doesn’t make ANYONE any money….especially the media.

  81. ptownbearsfan420 says: Aug 2, 2013 4:40 PM

    They are not dumb. Vick needs more than 2 recievers. Pooper starts opening day. Guarantee.

  82. bengalsfan73 says: Aug 2, 2013 4:46 PM

    What Riley Cooper said was definitely wrong but it was a mistake and he owned up to it and took responsibility. If you look at everyone in this country I am sure we all have made mistakes. Also if you look at some of the other football players and things that they have done this is not as big of an issue. For instance Donte Stallworth killed a man and was back in the league after serving less than 30 days in jail. Ben Roethlisberger has been accused of rape multiple times and no one makes a big deal over that. And also like the other person commented about Leonard Little, he killed someone while driving drunk. However I do not condone what he said but I think the fact that the young man is trying to correct the mistake that he made is a major step in helping him to become a better person.

  83. hrmlss says: Aug 2, 2013 4:48 PM

    He’s getting a raise and promoted to Community Outreach Coordinator.

  84. bigwayne75 says: Aug 2, 2013 4:50 PM

    People that are saying that people are blowing the Cooper situation out of portion is a racist or an Eagle fan

  85. richiejf says: Aug 2, 2013 4:57 PM

    It all comes down to whether his coach and owner think it is in the best interest of the team to cut him, and it very well may be. Can we stop throwing “free speech” out there as justification? “Free speech” means he can say what he wants without fear of repercussion from the government. It does not mean that people can say what they want with out repercussion from their employer, fans, or anyone else. It is only a government thing. If you tell your boss he is a fat idiot, and he fires you, its because you’re stupid and not at all because your boss is violating your “free speech”. I’m not discrediting the idea that his teammates should let it go, let Cooper learn his lesson, and put all of this behind him. Maybe they should. Maybe they are being petty if they don’t. However, IF they don’t, then do what is best for cohesion in the team and cut him. Not at all a free speech issue.

  86. randomcommenter says: Aug 2, 2013 4:57 PM

    The Eagles had Donte Stallworth after he killed somebody. Apparently that’s nothing compared to saying a word while drunk.

  87. audioflint says: Aug 2, 2013 5:02 PM

    Michael Irvin: “We make millions of dollars off of using that word, and turn around and get mad when someone else uses it. Maybe that is something that we should look into, cause that’s not right.”

    Well said. We all need to improve.

  88. girthbrooks2013 says: Aug 2, 2013 5:07 PM

    randomcommenter is missing the point. Donte killed a person named Reyes. He was not black. He was not African American. His family was not enslaved. This does not carry with it the same penalty as the terrible speech blunder by the Unforgiveable Riley who MUST be DESTROYED flogged and preferably hung by the neck until dead.

  89. mrshill0905 says: Aug 2, 2013 5:09 PM

    I wish all these Riley Cooper supporters would meet up in North Philly and voice their opinion…I really wish they would do that!!!! Don’t worry, they are color blind in North Philly!!! I am not with all the stout keyboard talk…

  90. kingpel says: Aug 2, 2013 5:09 PM

    I am tired of all these white guys on TV using this incident as a vehicle to show how NOT RACIST they are. Spare us your fake outrage and give the black players on the Eagles some credit. Assuming that they are all going to be so devastated by Riley’s words is as insulting as the comment itself. Not everyone allows other people control their emotions with name calling.

  91. Vir Publius says: Aug 2, 2013 5:13 PM

    Eagles fans have a quarterback who is a convicted felon and who led a massive dog killing ring. But they’re pissed at Riley Cooper for dropping the N-word, which is something I can guarantee everyone on that team has said at one point or another. Perfectly legal to say it, he has freedom of speech.

    Lets all just ruin a kid’s life over something completely inconsequential because black people are hypersensitive to everything having to do with race (as illustrated by the Trayvon Martin case).

    Asians have been treated just as poorly in this country, having been thrown INTO CONCENTRATION CAMPS 60 YEARS AGO, yet because of their self-motivation and positive attitude, they’re the most educated demographic in America. They’re also amongst the most successful.

    Black culture needs to change.

  92. sprtsfan1 says: Aug 2, 2013 5:15 PM

    Who cares!!!! Get a new story!!!! So annoying!!!! I swear journalists do this to drive fans crazy on purpose.

  93. audioflint says: Aug 2, 2013 5:15 PM

    The Eagles have now become the “I have a dream” team.

  94. demjoneses says: Aug 2, 2013 5:18 PM

    So many true colors shinging through. Tho I don’t agree with the “get over it” talk I respect your position. I don’t think of you all as racist; I think of you all as ignorant. Not ignorant in the sense you don’t know anything or you’re stupid; ignorant in the sense that thinking like that is just as damaging as Cooper saying the word. It’s like sweeping the issue under the rug and that’s not the answer.

    I feel we only have one side to the story and those on the other side of the fence may have been just as offensive, it doesn’t justify what Cooper did but without the whole story I’m not going to say this man should lose his job because we all know there are blacks in the NFL who feel they way about whites as Cooper appears to feel about blacks. I do believe if any of them were to shout racist remarks they’d get the heat just like Cooper is getting.

    I think for the most part even the “get over it” people will say the word shouldn’t be spoken and most would never use the word.

  95. audioflint says: Aug 2, 2013 5:19 PM

    I wish all these Riley Cooper supporters would meet up in North Philly and voice their opinion…I really wish they would do that!!!! Don’t worry, they are color blind in North Philly!!! I am not with all the stout keyboard talk…

    —————————————————-

    What would that solve? If we truly want to live in peace with each other, we have to be able to talk without the conversation ending in violence. I don’t think the majority of PEOPLE (all colors) support what RC said.

  96. dirk504 says: Aug 2, 2013 5:27 PM

    Use that word in front of your boss and see what happens. He’ll be cut and if not, he’ll get lit up on the field. I respect racists more when they show their tru colors and not hide behind alcohol. We all know he meant it.

  97. defscottyb says: Aug 2, 2013 5:30 PM

    This is just something the team is doing to appease the pc media etc. To make is look like they are doing something about it. Business as as usual in a week.

  98. dirk504 says: Aug 2, 2013 5:34 PM

    Funny… I’ve never heard an NFL player use the N word. So you guys have had conversations with these players? Cool story…

  99. newcomer2013 says: Aug 2, 2013 5:44 PM

    I am not an Eagles fan, nor do I support what Cooper said but this is getting blown way out of poportion.

  100. furious76 says: Aug 2, 2013 5:58 PM

    The Eagles are a private company and can do what they want with Cooper’s breech of the company conduct code. But that is where this ends.

    I am sick of people acting like the N word removes freedom of speech, it doesn’t. Let an idiot like Cooper say what he wants and ignore it. The law of natural consequences will prevail here. When Cooper is blown up by a safety or LB this year, he’ll be left wondering if his poor choice of words is the reason for it.

    Cooper is not in a media position, he doesn’t get paid to talk (clearly, and thank god), so holding him to the standard of someone who is paid to talk is an unfair comparison.

    Chalk it up to drunken youth and lack of education, and let life teach him the lessons he needs. Demanding action cause someone upset you with something they said is a very un-American course of action.

  101. thefiesty1 says: Aug 2, 2013 6:12 PM

    Released from all team activities….humm, for his on good, before the bros get even.

  102. iggles4life says: Aug 2, 2013 6:13 PM

    666foles says:
    Aug 2, 2013 3:40 PM
    cowpiesnotcowboys says:
    Aug 2, 2013 3:07 PM
    Just cut him. Cooper showed very questionable decision making attending a Kenny Chesney concert………Ok buddy time for a new joke. keep it fresh and classy

    I don’t see a joke here. Why would we want to be represented by a dude who chooses to hang out with confederate flag waving yeehas?

  103. bigbluefan1 says: Aug 2, 2013 6:19 PM

    Wait I know I am not a Philly fan but can someone explain things to me.

    You cheered for a WR who killed someone in Fla with his car he got a second chance.

    You cheer for a guy who admits he took 100 Million dollars from the Falcons and never studied the play book, Went bankrupt killed cute litte dogs and ran a gambling ring went to federal jail but he gets a second chance.

    Some redneck kid uses a word does not throw a punch get a ticket or hurt a living thing and he gets treated like he killed kittens with his bare hands. (FYI it was your QB that did that)

    This country is butt backwards the word did not hurt is not a crime he is just the product of his upbringing (Or can that excuse not be used unless your black?)

    Come on foles is going to need someone to throw too

  104. pamiho32332013 says: Aug 2, 2013 6:41 PM

    Didn’t Parish Cox rape and impregnate a woman? And if I’m not mistaken, he’s starting for the Niners. I think we’re losing site of priorities, people.

    #getoverit

  105. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 2, 2013 6:54 PM

    HOORAY FOR COMMON SENSE!

    DOWN WITH POLITICAL CORRECTNESS!

  106. immafubared says: Aug 2, 2013 6:56 PM

    As another black analyst on ESPN said, ‘this ain’t up to the coahes, this is a team decision as to if he comes back and is accepted’.

    I tend to agree. Its goes back to the one bad apple scenario. They may have to get rid of him because of it.

  107. openseason51 says: Aug 2, 2013 7:07 PM

    Is this all that NBC Sports and ESPN and Sports Illustrated etc have to talk about? Get on with Football and stay out of personal issues. Eagles release Cooper and NC or DC or Jacksonville etc will pick him up.

  108. barbasol11111111 says: Aug 2, 2013 7:41 PM

    “We not ought do anything bad…when any one is watching.”

    -Mark Twain

  109. conormacleod says: Aug 2, 2013 8:11 PM

    Big deal. Cris Carter hates white people and he’s going into the hall of fame tomorrow!

  110. mrb1000 says: Aug 2, 2013 8:14 PM

    all these racist comment! cooper is the subject! you all are haters!

  111. lakermetskins says: Aug 2, 2013 8:15 PM

    “There has never been any question of cutting Riley,” Kelly said. “His status with us is not in question.”

    Kelly went on to say, “Haven’t you all seen the film Remember The Titans?”

  112. lawdog2060 says: Aug 2, 2013 11:24 PM

    I find it very ironic that a player can be disciplined for using the n bomb (horrible), yet his team is playing the “red”skins in the opener

  113. dogtrainer7 says: Aug 2, 2013 11:56 PM

    All this racist BS in this country.
    Having moved here from another country and always observing one thing, the word used by Cooper would never have been a problem if he was Black.
    Yes the context in which he used it in was wrong and was caught on tape, but I wonder how many of the players white or black use that same word in the locker room when the cameras aren`t rolling and who cares.
    This was nothing more than in the wrong place at the wrong time.
    Lets all just Grow Up

  114. eagles512 says: Aug 3, 2013 12:41 AM

    Finally some common sense

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