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Riley Cooper, Cary Williams scuffle in practice

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The Eagles have largely been able to move beyond the initial surge of controversy about wide receiver Riley Cooper’s use of a racial slur which was captured on videotape.

But whether that had anything to do with today’s action or not, they better brace themselves for another wave.

According to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Cooper was involved in a practice fight with teammate Cary Williams Thursday morning after the two were matched up in one-on-one drills. Several players, including quarterback Michael Vick, had to separate the two.

Here’s what we don’t know about the fight — pretty much anything else.

Practice fights aren’t uncommon, and neither are fights involving Cary Williams.

But because of the personalities involved, there’s going to be natural curiosity about the subtext.

Williams was one of the players who admitted being disturbed by Cooper’s use of the mother of all racial epithets.

I think there’s no place for that word in anybody’s language, in anybody’s mouth or off anybody’s tongue, whether you’re black, white, green, purple, blue,” Williams said in the immediate.  “It’s still the same meaning, it’s still a harsh word.”

But until we know more about what happened on the field this morning, it’s impossible to know if the past had anything to do with the present tensions.

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50 Responses to “Riley Cooper, Cary Williams scuffle in practice”
  1. bucrightoff says: Sep 5, 2013 12:39 PM

    We all know how he feels about fighting, well, you know…

  2. lightcleric says: Sep 5, 2013 12:43 PM

    Time to reset the Racial Stories blotter then…

  3. jaydm84 says: Sep 5, 2013 12:49 PM

    If this were anyone but Ca Williams I may care. He is a hot head. Guy should have been tossed from the Super Bowl for shoving a ref. I think he had multiple fines last season and tried to fight someone on the pats in a dual camp last year.

  4. mrshill0905 says: Sep 5, 2013 12:53 PM

    Gotta get him prepared for the games…smh

  5. johnnyjagfan says: Sep 5, 2013 12:53 PM

    This was going to happen. What comes out of Williams’ mouth next will dictate the rest of the story.

  6. radrntn says: Sep 5, 2013 12:53 PM

    a fight on the practice field….wow that is shocking!

  7. dnolan888 says: Sep 5, 2013 12:55 PM

    Who won the fight?

  8. modellforprez says: Sep 5, 2013 12:56 PM

    Cant we all just get along

  9. juke1220 says: Sep 5, 2013 1:00 PM

    I practice fight all of the time.

  10. kuranda84 says: Sep 5, 2013 1:03 PM

    “I think there’s no place for that word in anybody’s language, in anybody’s mouth or off anybody’s tongue, whether you’re black, white, green, purple, blue,” Williams said in the immediate. “It’s still the same meaning, it’s still a harsh word.”

    I would like to listen to Williams’ ipod and hear how many times the N word is used.

  11. bdbd20 says: Sep 5, 2013 1:03 PM

    As an Eagles fan, it’s quite refreshing to see a CB lay a hand on a receiver.

  12. officialgame says: Sep 5, 2013 1:05 PM

    Cary Williams is always involved in something so the issue has no relevance except that Jeff McClain is a little worm.

  13. contactkylesmith says: Sep 5, 2013 1:06 PM

    If Riley was the smartest man in the world he would have immediately taken his helmet off and accepted 10 punches in the face while saying “I’m sorry.”

    Bang. The ultimate apology and teammates can respect you again.

  14. ingraven says: Sep 5, 2013 1:07 PM

    I just watched the video. He almost tried to fight Vick, too.

  15. howiefeltersnatch says: Sep 5, 2013 1:15 PM

    Well, we haven’t had any negative Riley Coopper news in the past, oh, month so a little scuffle with a teammate is newsworthy I guess.

    ‘He’s racist AND fights with teammates.’

    Get over it guys, please. Remember, tolerance!

  16. buckethead1 says: Sep 5, 2013 1:15 PM

    Williams was running late for his Lil Wayne concert….

  17. s0merand0mguy says: Sep 5, 2013 1:16 PM

    Cary better watch himself. Riley may jump the fence and beat him down.

  18. rhymeswithpunt says: Sep 5, 2013 1:17 PM

    Gotta draw the line somewhere. To hell with purple people.

  19. rhymeswithpunt says: Sep 5, 2013 1:19 PM

    Unless they are choking, then HELP THEM!

  20. mpops86 says: Sep 5, 2013 1:19 PM

    Knuckledragging Redneck, Loudmouth Moron spar in practice. Fight broken up by ex-con dog murderer.

    Ladies and gentlemen, your Philadelphia Eagles!!

  21. michiganstillsucks says: Sep 5, 2013 1:22 PM

    “I think there’s no place for that word in anybody’s language, in anybody’s mouth or off anybody’s tongue, whether you’re black, white, green, purple, blue,” Williams said in the immediate.

    I don’t think there is ANY place for that kind of grammar. He sounds like a damn fool.

  22. officialgame says: Sep 5, 2013 1:22 PM

    Past due time hit something wearing burgundy and gold.

  23. miamizombie says: Sep 5, 2013 1:22 PM

    Best way to defeat the enemy is to divide and conquer. Looks like the eagles are dividing themselves. Redskins are gonna have a field day Monday night

  24. jw1991 says: Sep 5, 2013 1:24 PM

    I know Cary is a hot head, but him hitting girls crosses the line c’mon now.

  25. floratiotime says: Sep 5, 2013 1:24 PM

    Let’s see … using a racially charged word is unforgiveable. But starting fights and punching people … no problem.

  26. riggo08 says: Sep 5, 2013 1:29 PM

    Cary Williams is a punk regardless of this fight. As a Ravens fan, I am glad he’s gone….he’ll probably be out of the league in 2 years.

  27. somekat says: Sep 5, 2013 1:29 PM

    Cooper probably said something derogatory about Williams new scones

  28. jayniner says: Sep 5, 2013 1:35 PM

    If on Monday night, Riley Cooper puts up 100 yards and 2 TD’s….does Williams’ opinion really matter?

  29. blackandbluedivision says: Sep 5, 2013 1:37 PM

    Well he did say he would fight every “n-word” at the Kenny Chesney concert. Looks like somebody finally took him up on it.

  30. elmaxoh says: Sep 5, 2013 1:38 PM

    I just saw the video Cooper didn’t flinch at all , Williams wanted to fight Vick too …

  31. espnfeedback says: Sep 5, 2013 1:41 PM

    not surprising how williams is getting profiled
    by so many who haven’t even seen the video
    ….riley cooper threw the first punch…
    ……williams finished it

  32. jbeagles23 says: Sep 5, 2013 1:44 PM

    Williams thinks he is a great cb but is garbage. Not worse than nnamdi but still bad

  33. bullcharger says: Sep 5, 2013 1:46 PM

    I’m sure Cooper has had to deal with a few extra shots on the field since his incident, but it doesn’t really matter whether this is or is not related. It’s just normal day to day stuff that happens during practice.

  34. greymares says: Sep 5, 2013 1:49 PM

    so basically Vick,Boykin and Jackson saved Williams life.

  35. greymares says: Sep 5, 2013 1:50 PM

    Williams was one of the players who admitted being disturbed by Cooper’s use of the mother of all racial epithets——————————————————————————————————————–he said Redskins ?

  36. steelerdynasty2010 says: Sep 5, 2013 1:54 PM

    setting the over/under at 7 stories about this

  37. jimmyt says: Sep 5, 2013 1:57 PM

    “the mother of all racial epithets”???? According to whom? Are there really some racial epithets that are less offensive than others? How strange.

  38. darkneptune73 says: Sep 5, 2013 2:11 PM

    Probably were given rotten smoothies and Chip Kelly forgot to replace them…

  39. bennyb82 says: Sep 5, 2013 2:13 PM

    I have a feeling Riley Cooper is going to be in the news for the rest of his career and none of it will be about a play he made on a Sunday.

  40. espnfeedback says: Sep 5, 2013 2:17 PM

    …from what I read…
    …riley cooper ‘speaks’
    …… for a whole lotta folks

  41. commonsensedude says: Sep 5, 2013 2:20 PM

    I just found a transcript of the altercation.

    Williams: “Why name did you just call me, Riley? An EAGLE?? (Smack!) Man, don’t ever call me that insulting word again … I mean .. oh, yeah .. I guess I am

  42. jayniner says: Sep 5, 2013 2:31 PM

    steelerdynasty2010 says:
    Sep 5, 2013 1:54 PM

    setting the over/under at 7 stories about this

    __________________

    If you’re taking bets, I got $100 on the under…so far we’re at 3

  43. thefiesty1 says: Sep 5, 2013 2:37 PM

    They were learning how to fight in practice? Practice, practice, we’re talking about practice!

  44. bowwserr says: Sep 5, 2013 3:15 PM

    Unless Williams has never uttered a gay slur or sexist slur towards women(I sincerely doubt he’s never said either), I reeeeeally don’t care what he has to say. Shut your poor-me mouth and play football. Hypocrite.

  45. fwippel says: Sep 5, 2013 3:22 PM

    Yeah, baby! Let’s stoke those fires and stir up another racial issue in the NFL when there’s no basis for it. That’s what the league needs on opening night!

    Seriously? Practice fights are not uncommon. The Eagles welcomed Cooper back and he made the team. If they thought race was going to be an issue going forward, I’m sure they would have cut their losses up front.

    I guess they forgot about the media.

  46. bills399 says: Sep 5, 2013 4:04 PM

    what racially insensitive word? Maybe cooper was just repeating a lyric to a hip hop song? U should be able to repeat words to songs if u pay for them with your own money, right?

  47. brettfavresmidget says: Sep 5, 2013 4:23 PM

    Riley isn’t nearly as tough when he doesn’t have a sixer of Bud in him.

  48. Grulks says: Sep 5, 2013 5:24 PM

    He called him a moon cricket?

  49. keiselsbeard says: Sep 5, 2013 6:32 PM

    I love seeing people whine about “hurtful words”. If you get “hurt” by words, you’re too damn sensitive and need to toughen up. This is what’s wrong with America today. Everyone is too damned sissified & sensitive. Grow a set people, it’s only words, nobody died. Get over it!

  50. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Sep 5, 2013 11:29 PM

    Cooper please.

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