It is clear in the video of the scuffle between Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper and cornerback Cary Williams at practice Thursday that Williams had a lot to say to Cooper after the two men were separated by their teammates.
According to Cooper, none of those things had anything to do with his use of a racial slur while yelling a security guard during a Kenny Chesney concert earlier this year. Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com reports that Cooper said that Williams, who admitted being upset by Cooper’s use of the slur, never mentioned it while the two men were going after each other. Cooper also said that things are cool between them now and that Williams told him “good route” after a later play.
Williams declined to tell his side of the story when approached by reporters after practice.
“Don’t even come by here. I’m not talking at all. At all,” Williams said, via Sheil Kapadia of PhillyMag.com.
Fights in practice happen all the time, but they usually don’t have the backdrop provided by Cooper’s use of the slur and short departure from the team this summer that this particular donnybrook had going for it. That will mean questions about it for Chip Kelly and players who weren’t involved and who would likely prefer talking about the opener on Monday night.