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Cooper declines to elaborate on outside help he has received


Whatever receiver Riley Cooper did since Friday to allow himself to return to the Eagles after an absence of only four days, he won’t be sharing the details with the media.

Apart from saying that the outside assistance he received didn’t address the issue of alcohol abuse, Cooper would not elaborate in a session with reporters regarding the things he has done since Friday.

Cooper said he has been seeking out his teammates since his return, but he said he hasn’t asked for forgiveness.

“I don’t want you to forgive me, because that puts the burden on you,” Cooper told the other players on the team.  (It would be naive to assume that this very effective message didn’t come directly from whoever it was who helped Cooper prepare for a successful return to the locker room.)

Given that Cooper reportedly has told friends he was so drunk on the evening of June 9 that he didn’t recall saying what he said, the issue of alcohol abuse needs to be addressed by Cooper and others in and around the NFL who often drink to excess, and beyond.

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63 Responses to “Cooper declines to elaborate on outside help he has received”
  1. bennyb82 says: Aug 6, 2013 3:49 PM

    They probably just introduced him to rock music.

  2. jetslakersfan says: Aug 6, 2013 3:50 PM

    Alcohol abuse? I think it funny when somebody does something dumb when there drunk people call it alcohol abuse.

  3. fdugrad says: Aug 6, 2013 3:50 PM

    Yeah, that must have been an extremely involved and nuanced program: “You know that word? STOP using it meathead!”

  4. waitingguilty says: Aug 6, 2013 3:51 PM

    (It would be naive to assume that this very effective message didn’t come directly from whoever it was who helped Cooper prepare for a successful return to the locker room.)

    Just had to point that out huh? You get help to learn things…then use them. Duh.

  5. losangelesbillsofbuffalo says: Aug 6, 2013 3:52 PM

    Donovan has been dying to advise someone at anything. My guess is it was Donovan. No one needs to ask Donovan if it was him either, he’ll tell us sooner or later.

  6. captainwisdom8888 says: Aug 6, 2013 3:52 PM

    There’s no point in Cooper giving the media more to chew on regarding this issue. The media is really milking this one for all they can get out of it, but the fact is that it is Cooper’s teammates who he has to earn the trust and forgiveness from, not the rest of the world. The guy isn’t going to be released or banished from the NFL like some of you think he deserves…just put this story to bed already.

  7. rymexico says: Aug 6, 2013 3:54 PM

    Let it go.

  8. tannethrill says: Aug 6, 2013 3:55 PM

    He watched Django

  9. buckhuckster says: Aug 6, 2013 3:55 PM

    Riley, just do the right thing……blame it on Kenny Chesney’s music.

  10. spartan822 says: Aug 6, 2013 3:56 PM

    He spent those 4 days listening to rap to learn the “acceptable” use of that word. I’d say that’s more than enough punishment.

  11. cajunaise says: Aug 6, 2013 3:57 PM

    The Eagles’ “Outside Help Dream Team” just missed the playoffs.

  12. therealbleedcoltsblue says: Aug 6, 2013 3:57 PM

    This isn’t about alcohol. It’s about racism.

    Glad to see that the problem can be cured in less than a week and with nondescript help, nonetheless.


  13. cowpiesnotcowboys says: Aug 6, 2013 3:59 PM

    They told him to avoid Kenny Chesney concerts and other forms of asinine public behavior.

  14. nickster31 says: Aug 6, 2013 3:59 PM

    As what happened years ago with Steve McNair and the Titans, the Eagles couldnt keep Cooper away for long. He is under contract so they HAVE to let hom be there.

    Because he is listed as a starter on the depth chart, they cant cut him based on performance.

    If they were to try to cut him for what he said, he has an amazing law suit, because of his right to freedom of speach (like it or not).

    Man, are the Eagles screwed on this one!

  15. chiadam says: Aug 6, 2013 3:59 PM

    So, Cooper will forgive himself on behalf of his teammates. Or something.

  16. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 6, 2013 4:01 PM


  17. jmh10b says: Aug 6, 2013 4:01 PM

    I thought he was meeting with Marcus Vick?

  18. ravanator says: Aug 6, 2013 4:01 PM

    Riley Cooper has become my favorite NFL player since all this has happened. He likes to drink and speaks his mind, my kind of guy!

  19. siggtacular says: Aug 6, 2013 4:03 PM

    Kenny Chesney sucks, so does Riley Cooper

  20. whatnojets says: Aug 6, 2013 4:04 PM

    Four Days??? Sounds like he went to a Alcohol Detox Center???

  21. mack2x says: Aug 6, 2013 4:08 PM

    Funny, he has to go to “counseling” (and people still aren’t satisfied) for using the same word I heard 3 times while at a stoplight, booming from the car next to me.

  22. richndc says: Aug 6, 2013 4:09 PM

    puh-leez! All they had him do was try and sit through “Mississippi Burning” without laughing. Now, he is all cured, bless his heart!

  23. richndc says: Aug 6, 2013 4:10 PM

    I tell ya, for my money, the comments dont get any more awesome than the ones always made by that “richndc” guy. He is a real hoot!!

  24. chapstickmary says: Aug 6, 2013 4:11 PM

    Did Jason Pierre Paul elaborate on the help he received after yelling the same word a few times at Prince Amukamara while roughing him up? I can’t recall. It’s racist to use that word right? The problem is using the word not who uses the word right?

  25. bobbyhoying says: Aug 6, 2013 4:11 PM

    Hugh Douglas provided private tutoring. See the article in the Philly paper. No one else seems to be reporting it.

  26. razzmatazzcomics says: Aug 6, 2013 4:13 PM

    I hope ESPN and PFT give as much coverage to Hugh Douglas’s recent, drunken use of the N-word, as you have for Cooper’s use of it.

    (Why did PFT delete this comment?)

  27. deflateddome says: Aug 6, 2013 4:14 PM

    And what happens to racists Charlie Rangel and Al Sharpton, and some black athletes?

    Do they have to be excused from their jobs for calling white people crackers, as they do on a daily basis?

    The sounds of double standards are deafening. Many people are using “Phony Outrage” to make a case and example of Cooper. This is sad. Since the N word is uttered 500 times a Rap song, and the word Cracker is not offensive to THEM..Then I guess it is OK

    But to some blacks..They are the Victim…

  28. keylimelight says: Aug 6, 2013 4:15 PM

    Given the way the media has descended like vultures on him, he’s right not to give them any more fodder with which to rain down even more mock and scorn.

    He’s made his apologies, he’ll pay his dues owed to the people he offended. Looks like his team mates have started the process of forgiving him.

    And let that be a lesson to us all.

  29. broccolilava says: Aug 6, 2013 4:17 PM

    Everybody who calls this guy a racist in the comments gets thumbed down at a 10-1 ratio.

    Every comment that says it was just dumb, or the alcohol, gets thumbed up.

    Talk all you want about what should or shouldn’t happen to him, but isn’t it kind of embarrassing to deny that he’s a racist?

    If you think that rappers using that word in a song is the same thing as a furious white guy screaming it at a black guy in a drunken rage, you should probably spend less time on PFT and more time reading about the slave trade.

  30. dc49er says: Aug 6, 2013 4:17 PM

    According to media logic…

    Blacked out = alcoholic racist

    If that holds true….well then, I think we’re all in big big trouble

  31. sportsdrenched says: Aug 6, 2013 4:21 PM

    Let’s face it, his removal from the team was a business decision. (Too much distraction to get work done) His return is just as much a business decision. In other words Cooper has sat down, or someone on his behalf has sat down with the most vocal opponents to Coopers return and everyone has calmed down to the point that they can focus on what they’re all there to do.

  32. pzkslc says: Aug 6, 2013 4:22 PM

    Was it Paula Deen or Michael Richards??

  33. egomaniac247 says: Aug 6, 2013 4:23 PM

    By the standards of this article, anyone who’s gotten drunk before is an alcoholic.

  34. stillers1229 says: Aug 6, 2013 4:26 PM

    I got so drunk in Boston a few weeks back that I don’t remember high-fiving a dozen people in Harvard Square. Should I address my alcohol abuse?

  35. trueblue1971 says: Aug 6, 2013 4:28 PM

    Come on already!! The guy was drunk and made an ass out of himself (like so many of us have done in the past). I’m sure he has suffered enough already. Get over it!!

    What’s gonna make everyone loose their minds next year??????

    The Eagles will sign him to a $50 million dollar extension for having a breakout season this year!! Then he’ll get in trouble for saying ” I’m Rich B@$%*!”


  36. dutchman1350 says: Aug 6, 2013 4:30 PM

    Where is the outrage about Hugh Douglas calling Michael Smith an “Uncle Tom”?

  37. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Aug 6, 2013 4:30 PM

    Perhaps a speech therapist helped him to enunciate and stress the short “A” sound, and not the very different and more horribly dispicable “er” sound.

    What can you say?…”hatas gonna hate”.

  38. psousa1 says: Aug 6, 2013 4:32 PM

    I wonder if the Baltimore Ravens defense had to go to counseling after Peyton Hillis said, in Sports Illustrated (in Dan Patrick’s ‘Just my type’), 3 years ago that they were not going to let a white RB run the ball on them?

    Didn’t think so.

  39. sgtr0c says: Aug 6, 2013 4:34 PM

    Unfortunately, until the Douglases of the world stop using the word in public, the Coopers are going to also. It is a shame, really.

  40. mrshill0905 says: Aug 6, 2013 4:38 PM

    He is a BUM…who cares

  41. razzmatazzcomics says: Aug 6, 2013 4:41 PM

    Hugh Douglas threatened to attack ESPN colleague Michael Smith, shouted racial slurs at him. After the third threat, Smith tried to walk away, at which point Douglas grabbed Smith’s wrist and hurled two racial epithets at him, calling him an “Uncle Tom” and a “House N—-.” Smith, the witness says, turned around to protect himself, at which point onlookers rushed in to break it up. Three independent sources have verified this version of events.

    I hope ESPN and PFT give as much coverage to Hugh Douglas’s drunken use of the N-word, as you have for Cooper’s use of it.

  42. jimmysee says: Aug 6, 2013 4:41 PM

    He took the Hollywood Cure.

    Works for me.

  43. gromgrimfist says: Aug 6, 2013 4:43 PM

    Riley Cooper may have said something that should not have been said but Im glad they gave him a second chance our society needs to make a stand on the word for everyone our society lets us down when there are separate rules and programs for one race and not another we need to as a society change if we separate ourselves by skin color there will always be racism we offer all black schools and grants scholarships for blacks we make the nfl teams interview black coaches big companies have to hire so many black employees we offer companies tax exemption for dealing with companies owned by minorities we all yell for equal rights but in fact you get more rights now is that stuff not some of what Martin Luther King fought to abolish we need to stop looking at things as color and grant everyone equal rights Riley Cooper made a be mistake but until we hold everyone to the same standards how can we begin to end racism?

  44. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 6, 2013 4:45 PM

    Hope he didn’t go see Dr. Drew.

  45. SpeakPhilly says: Aug 6, 2013 4:46 PM

    Where is all the outrage over Hugh Douglas or is that different?

  46. kepdogg23 says: Aug 6, 2013 4:49 PM

    Well I have drank to excess many times, the difference is the worst thing I have done is Riverdance at a wedding reception.

  47. lunchtimeallday says: Aug 6, 2013 4:51 PM

    He’s American hero.

  48. eatitfanboy says: Aug 6, 2013 4:52 PM

    He went home and found out what all of his Florida team mates who didn’t make it to the NFL are doing for a living now and realized that he was one more stupid mistake from joining them and that was all the therapy he needed.

  49. jessepinkman1199 says: Aug 6, 2013 4:57 PM

    can’t say i blame him. would you tell anyone that hugh douglas was your racial-sensitivity instructor?

  50. flexx91 says: Aug 6, 2013 5:00 PM

    “If they were to try to cut him for what he said, he has an amazing law suit, because of his right to freedom of speach (like it or not)”.

    Obviously, you don’t know what the term “Freedom of Speech” actually means. To test YOUR interpretation, how about throwing around a few racial slurs at your job or yelling a few undesireable words while going through security at an airport….

  51. nflpoker says: Aug 6, 2013 5:03 PM

    Let’s see what they probably talked to him about:

    1) drink responsibly.

    2) watch what you say in public.

    3) don’t say that word again, even though we know you never said it before all this happened.

    4) there are a bunch of media vultures, ignorant people out there that will play the race card when ever they can, and holier-than thou hypocites out thers.

    How long did that take? Five or ten minutes.

    He doesn’t need to go to jail or the Betty Ford Clinic.

  52. turkish124 says: Aug 6, 2013 5:19 PM

    Getting drunk at a concert is not something that “needs to be addressed”. Just because someone gets wasted and acts like an idiot does not mean he is an alcoholic.

  53. kacimlangford says: Aug 6, 2013 5:26 PM

    gromgrimfist, please use punctuation, it makes it easier to read your long paragraphs.

    Thank you very much. These old eyes appreciate it.

  54. nflpoker says: Aug 6, 2013 5:28 PM

    If we are to have the punishment fit the crime, then they should send Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson in for counseling. Of course, it wouldn’t four days like Cooper, but rather a life sentence with no possibility of parole.

  55. CKL says: Aug 6, 2013 5:36 PM

    broccolilava says:
    Aug 6, 2013 4:17 PM

    If you think that rappers using that word in a song is the same thing as a furious white guy screaming it at a black guy in a drunken rage, you should probably spend less time on PFT and more time reading about the slave trade.
    Wow I wasn’t aware Riley Cooper owned slaves and that there were rappers alive today who were slaves. Amazing!
    //you do realize that black folks sold their own race into slavery also, do you not?

    Slavery was a horrible thing.
    Not allowing people to eat somewhere or use a water fountain because of their race is a horrible thing.

    A 20 something yelling a word he (or anyone) shouldn’t have used at at a cameraphone being made part and parcel of those times is beyond insulting to the men and women who lived through true injustices.

  56. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 6, 2013 5:53 PM

    stillers1229 says:

    I got so drunk in Boston a few weeks back that I don’t remember high-fiving a dozen people in Harvard Square. Should I address my alcohol abuse?

    Dear Alcohol Abuse,

    Next time I get so drunk I can’t remember anything, please don’t call anyone a bad name and get me in trouble.

    How’s that ?

  57. standintexas says: Aug 6, 2013 6:08 PM

    His treatment was that he went home and his mama washed his mouth out with soap.

    Now “ALL” of the rest of us need to line up at Riley’s mama’s house for the same treatment.

    If you have the audacity to say you don’t deserve it then you need a double dose for lying too!!!!!

  58. officialgame says: Aug 6, 2013 6:10 PM

    Can we move on? A 24 year old kid got drunk at a concert and said a bad word.

  59. prmpft says: Aug 6, 2013 6:45 PM

    he needs less help than the pathetic individuals who have squawked so much about this.

  60. fdugrad says: Aug 6, 2013 7:03 PM

    JEEZ! I just read the report about Hugh Douglas and his embarrassing episode. The common thread weaving through BOTH incidents involve extreme alcohol consumption and the EXACT SAME racial slur. In the case of Douglas, he used another inappropriate phrase directed at his co-worker, and made this scene at a journalism convention, while heading to a stage while attempting to grab for the microphone! Regardless of either of these dolt’s propensity for the utilization of this particular word, it is instructive to note just how big an influence alcohol has over a human whenever he/she acts the fool. Either way, Mr. Douglas really threw Mr. Cooper a lifeline at the most timely moment for Cooper. In addition, Cooper’s incident can never really, or fairly be held up to the light of inspection in complete isolation from here on out. It will forever be linked to the ESPN dust-up and Hugh Douglas, and the salient point will no longer be about the inappropriate use of a racial slur by a white person, but the off-base usage of the word by ANYONE.

  61. jouvernile says: Aug 6, 2013 8:03 PM

    your right using the word in a rap song is not the same thing but if that word is so offensive then NOONE should use that word PERIOD.

  62. taylorgang24 says: Aug 6, 2013 11:02 PM

    Drinking excessively is a problem for the entire country. It would be wildly naive to think that the mature, sensible nfl players would be able to avoid binge drinking while half of similarly aged Americans are getting hammered. Plus drinking heavily is apart of our culture. I mean if you could press a button and live in a society where no one was ever ever drunk, would you?

  63. defscottyb says: Aug 6, 2013 11:16 PM

    Isn’t it mind boggling that nobody is talking about Hugh Douglass calling a black man an “Uncle Tom” and a “House N”? Those are 2 very racist terms yet nobody cares. Think about the term “House N” it implies that black folks who live in a nice house in suburbia are not “black enough”? Unreal.

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