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Jason Avant on Riley Cooper: Guys are definitely over it

Philadelphia Eagles Brown celebrates his second touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas Reuters

Wide receiver Riley Cooper returned to the Eagles on Tuesday and said that he wasn’t asking his teammates to forgive him from uttering a racial slur “because that puts the burden on you.”

Several of those teammates addressed Cooper’s return after Tuesday’s practice and they may not have forgiven him, but they did send a message that they have come to terms with Cooper’s actions in a way that will allow them to move forward with the season. John Gonzalez of CSNPhilly.com heard from several members of the team — safety Patrick Chung, tight end Brent Celek, linebacker DeMeco Ryans and wide receiver DeSean Jackson among them — who shared wide receiver Jason Avant’s feeling that the team was ready to move on with Cooper as part of the team.

“As far as our team, guys are definitely over it,” Avant said. “We’ve talked. We’ve had dialogue. We’ve accepted his apology. The only thing he can do is apologize. What else can he do? When a situation happens like that, there aren’t too many things you can do but apologize and be sincere about it.”

Coach Chip Kelly was wise to say during his own meeting with the media that “it’s not something that we can just say, hey, it’s over with,” because the issue isn’t just going to disappear. That doesn’t mean that it has to knock the Eagles off stride, however, and it probably won’t if Avant’s read on the situation proves correct.

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35 Responses to “Jason Avant on Riley Cooper: Guys are definitely over it”
  1. 509seahawks says: Aug 6, 2013 6:22 PM

    ANOTHER ONE????? I Think everyone is over it except the media and Mayor Nut Job.

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 6, 2013 6:25 PM

    I call your bluff Jason, and I’ll take my chances on 80+ quotes from everybody else producing at least one seriously controversial lingering opinion.

    Put me down for a billion dollars.

  3. briscocountyjr says: Aug 6, 2013 6:32 PM

    Whoever doesn’t have some forgiveness for the guy is ignorant. It takes 5 seconds to reflect about how this will burden this guy in public…that’s punishment enough– to be ridiculed by an unforgiving society and media.

  4. sanityinsd says: Aug 6, 2013 6:36 PM

    I see alot of Divide and Conquer lately.

  5. captainwisdom8888 says: Aug 6, 2013 6:43 PM

    I think just about the whole world is over this one, and those of you who actually believe that Riley Cooper should never be forgiven should take a look in the mirror at your very imperfect selves.

    If you expect people to forgive you for your future transgressions, show some willingness to step down from your high horse and forgive others yourself.

  6. nativesupport says: Aug 6, 2013 6:52 PM

    The media loves these type of things. They wish it would happen more often.

  7. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 6, 2013 6:54 PM

    6 rings

  8. scomibord says: Aug 6, 2013 7:00 PM

    what does 6 tarnished and rusty rings have to do with Riley Cooper?

  9. townie1266 says: Aug 6, 2013 7:06 PM

    Guy was stiff and uttered something, BIG DEAL!!! Get over it!!!

  10. siggtacular says: Aug 6, 2013 7:15 PM

    Cooper is an idiot. Bottom line. I love that his reputation will be forever tarnished. Well deserved.

    Karma my friend.

  11. bucnblood says: Aug 6, 2013 7:15 PM

    “6 rings”and a Rapist at QB. Those who live in glass houses…..

  12. jayniner says: Aug 6, 2013 7:17 PM

    There should be another controversy coming soon enough the media can pounce on and exploit until every ounce of drama is squeezed from it…

    Someone said it best: When Cooper hits 100 yards and 2 TD’s in week 1…..all will be forgiven and forgotten.

  13. freepretzels says: Aug 6, 2013 7:28 PM

    He better ball this year, I’ll tell you that.

  14. mfb73 says: Aug 6, 2013 7:32 PM

    His teammates won’t be the problem…it will be the opposing players trying to “eject the ball from his hands with extreme prejudice.”

  15. painsyndicate says: Aug 6, 2013 7:45 PM

    13% of the population needs to get over it, permanently. Your excuse card has expired.

  16. jpmelon says: Aug 6, 2013 8:16 PM

    I think the leave of absence was unnecessary. He should have just apologized and told all the pissed off corners, safeties and linebackers in the league that he wouldn’t blame them for trying to knock him a little harder during games.

  17. edelmanfanclub says: Aug 6, 2013 8:27 PM

    **an article ^^

  18. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 6, 2013 8:31 PM

    This is bad news for the media but it was handled the right way in Philly. Apologize, forgive and move on.

  19. richc111 says: Aug 6, 2013 8:33 PM

    It will be interesting if some person of color launches himself at his head and puts him out of the game will the media justify the illigal hit because of something he said months earlier when he was drunk, or will the put the person of color in the spot light for intentionally injuring someone. If they don’t what is worse. As little kids say “stick and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me. Unless of course I am an adult male 6’5″ 300 lbs. Then names do hurt so much that I bring out my sticks and stones and hurt someone with them and be justified.

  20. howiefeltersnatch says: Aug 6, 2013 8:43 PM

    I’d rather my receiver say he’d like to fight a person of a certain color than be a serial rapist.

  21. pinion8ted says: Aug 6, 2013 8:49 PM

    Riley Cooper returned to the Eagles on Tuesday and said that he wasn’t asking his teammates to forgive him from uttering a racial slur “because that puts the burden on you.”
    ———————————————————-
    Ummm…… who, exactly, SHOULD the “burden” be on, Riley?

  22. kahunanc says: Aug 6, 2013 8:51 PM

    NFL players are a “touched” lot. Gotta be to play the game. In many ways a reflection of the best and worse society has to offer. It is what it is.

  23. 11inthebox says: Aug 6, 2013 9:04 PM

    It’s not a matter of “forgiveness,” or even a matter of him being racist. The issue is just what LeSean Mcoy said it was: “you can’t respect a guy like that.”

    There’s proof that Cooper acts one way around one group of people and a different away around his teammates. Impossible to respect that kind of guy.

  24. audient says: Aug 6, 2013 9:25 PM

    Riley Cooper could be a hero if he’d simply fight every Steeler fan here.

  25. Youknowimright says: Aug 6, 2013 9:40 PM

    That s a good team leader thing to say but avant doesn t believe that even a little bit. That s a locker room divided. 3 days of sensetivity training or not.

  26. 4evrnyt says: Aug 6, 2013 10:31 PM

    The only “people” that still give a rats arse about this topic are the media outlets that can’t think of anything original to print.

  27. billyb1970 says: Aug 6, 2013 10:53 PM

    Yeah id hope there over it, its a word the probably hear or use alot, I work with black guys who call each other the N word all the time, people sre to damn sensitive

  28. defscottyb says: Aug 6, 2013 11:17 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.

  29. commonsensedude says: Aug 6, 2013 11:47 PM

    I’m black and I hate what Cooper said but I’m also tired of talking about it. Let’s let it go, let’s all be better people and let’s go back to doing one of the things that bring people of all races together in harmony: hating on the Dallas Cowboys. You know, just saying that makes me feel a little better already.

  30. eagles512 says: Aug 7, 2013 12:03 AM

    The eagles are over it-the media is crushed and will do everything they can to keep this going.

  31. kelz1966kelz1966 says: Aug 7, 2013 8:35 AM

    Yep…amazing…not one word on this site. Holding people to a different set of standards, based on their race, is racist. To not report on it, is racist. I thought everyone was trying to end racism?

  32. steelerben says: Aug 7, 2013 11:35 AM

    What will be very interesting is seeing how far Vick leads him when he’s going over the middle.

  33. kelz1966kelz1966 says: Aug 7, 2013 1:47 PM

    As if Vick could ever lead a receiver.

  34. plumbstl says: Aug 8, 2013 10:43 AM

    This is what we put up with everyday get a clue yes it’s unreal and you wonder why were sensitive really !!!!

  35. plumbstl says: Aug 8, 2013 11:23 AM

    Can’t believe people don’t know this

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