Three months later, reaction to Riley Cooper still cool

AP

As a divide in the Dolphins locker room becomes more and more apparent, the Eagles are showing there is a way to move beyond, or at least pretend long enough to get by.

Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper made people cheer for him yesterday, with a five-catch, 139-yard day against the Raiders which included three touchdowns.

But there are still some who haven’t forgotten his episode this summer, in which he was caught on tape making racist remarks at a concert, and being good at playing football might not ever make those hard feelings go away.

I mean he’s playing OK, I guess,” cornerback Cary Williams said of Cooper, via Tim McManus of PhillyMag.com. ”Whenever we’ve needed him he’s come through, . . .

“That’s one thing he’s been doing, he’s been working and when his name is called he’s been able to make plays whenever the ball is thrown to him.”

Williams was one of the players who had mixed emotions about Cooper’s effect on the locker room after this summer’s embarrassing video came to light, and the two had a heated exchange on the practice field since then as well, though they denied it was based on the earlier tensions.

Asked if they were on the same page as teammates, Williams didn’t give the impression he was going out for a drink with Cooper after the game.

“We’re teammates. No question,” Williams said. “But I mean, . . . We’re teammates, and we have a great working relationship. . . .

“As far as I’m concerned we have a good working relationship and that’s really what counts, right? Outside of that is outside of that. It is what it is.”

The Eagles were able to neutralize the issue before it got any larger, which is what the Dolphins are trying to do now, by suspending Richie Incognito while they investigate claims he harassed teammate Jonathan Martin.

The personal damage might not ever be repaired, but not letting it grow into a bigger problem is the key for the team.

31 responses to “Three months later, reaction to Riley Cooper still cool

  1. You just can’t leave it alone, can you?

    Also, by “some”, you mean one: Cary Williams. The guy he got into a fight with earlier this year. The guy who also got into a fight with the Patriots during a point practice. The guy who didn’t show up to OTA’s half the time.

  2. The season is just beyond the mid-point. The most important thing Cooper can do is be a good teammate all season long. Time is an important element. Anyone can apologize (or at least deliver the one their agent provides them). But when trust is broken, it takes time to repair it.

    I would be more interested in hearing how the players that have been with Cooper for more than this season feel. At the end of the game, Cooper appeared to be hanging out laughing with Vick and D Jackson.

  3. I still want to know what was said to Riley to make him go off like that. I’ll bet it was a racist comment directed at him. Therefore, I am also guessing that one side gets a pass, while the other gets forever dumped on.

  4. C’mon now. This is COMPLETELY different than the Riley Cooper situation. Cooper was a drunken moron and Incognito was sober and clearly going after somebody. It’s lazy journalism to connect the situations based solely on each being “racially charged”. You’re better than that, Mr Gantt.

    I’ve never been in a locker room environment where it was that bad. Immature pranks and jokes to be sure, but never anything like this.

  5. What I really hate about this story is that the press is putting Cary Williams in a very bad position. It’s as if we cannot allow for foregiveness. If Williams says he’s cool with Cooper and they’ve moved past it and (god forbid) become friends he’s going to be criticized in the press for not sufficiently castigating, and excommunicating, the bigot. This is an old story and while it’s not wrong to monitor the situation in regards to Riley Cooper, it’s not really fair to have Cary Williams’ behavior in regards to Cooper put under a microscope.

  6. Now that we have a decent QB who can get him the ball accurately Cooper is proving his worth to the Eagles.
    As long as he refrains from anymore stupid comments his teammates should forgive and forget.

    A man should not be judged by one mistake and until proven otherwise that is all it was.

  7. Bottom line is if Maclin didn’t get hurt Cooper would have been cut. However, they needed him so they “fixed” him in three days and had him return to the team. Now that he had a big game, forget about it. The guy is like Pope John Paul in Philly. Sad that a good game, winning, and making money is more important than standing up for what is right and setting an example for the future. I’m sure there are young Eagle fans (13-18) that this influenced and not in a good way long term. Think about it.

    and of course you know I’m always right.

  8. Seems like the Cooper situation has calmed down just fine and this is an example of the media poking the ashes trying to start a new fire for their own benefit.

    Then they can all yell “look there’s a fire over here and I found it !!!”

  9. So they went to the biggest knucklehead on the team hoping for some incendiary quotes and this is the best they could get?

    How do you know that Cooper and Williams were drinking buddies before the incident? Do you live in some weird world where all 53 guys on an NFL roster hang out together constantly? Have you ever worked in a place with 50+ employees and got along perfectly with all of them?

    I remember when this incident happened and people on here were falling all over themselves talking about how Cooper was going to be a horrible distraction, how he was going to get killed on the field by opposing defenders who were targeting him, blah, blah, blah….

    Reality rarely lives up to speculation. Everyone has moved on from this. Time for you to as well.

  10. I know there are plenty of Eagles fans who would live for Williams to not act like he is the definition of a dedicated teammate. Shouldn’t he still be decorating his house?

  11. raiderlyfe510 says:
    Nov 4, 2013 10:57 AM
    He just took advantage of a rookie CB. He’s still garbage. He and the gimmick college offense that he plays in.

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    That college offense whooped your team. BAD! Perhaps the Raiders would do better against a high school team? Maybe I’m just missing your point but it’s kind of like punching yourself in the face to beat some one up.

  12. raiderlyfe510 says: Nov 4, 2013 10:57 AM

    He just took advantage of a rookie CB. He’s still garbage. He and the gimmick college offense that he plays in.
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    Way to take a shot at your own team. Sorry that our gimmick offensive threw for 7 touchdowns with 4 minutes left in the 3rd!!!

  13. I’m not sure the two issues (Cooper and Incognito) are related. One is about bullying, the other about bigotry. Sure, Incognito used his bigotry to bully, but he used much more, and directed hated at his own teammate. Copper just got drunk and stupid and let out his bigotry at a concert, not his teammate.

    Incognito targets the guy next to him specifically.

  14. First, Cooper can say whatever he wants. Certainly, one of the primary tenants this country was founded on was that of Free Speech. Second, I would not like to see him lose his job as a result of it…he made a mistake…let’s move on.

    But, let’s not get it twisted, the mistake he made was speaking his mind. Dude is a closet racist, who had too much to drink and the truth serum worked it’s magic. I would not want him on my team, even if the result was a Super Bowl win. #NotAFan

  15. I respect Cooper. He works hard and he plays hard. I don’t think he’s a racist like say a skinhead is. I think he just wanted to fight and said the most offensive thing he could think of. Give the guy a break. On the character and integrity scale, I’ll take the guy dropping the “N” word over a dog murderer any day of the week.

  16. assuredmutualdestruction November 4, 2013, 11:43 AM EST

    I respect Cooper. He works hard and he plays hard. I don’t think he’s a racist like say a skinhead is. I think he just wanted to fight and said the most offensive thing he could think of. Give the guy a break. On the character and integrity scale, I’ll take the guy dropping the “N” word over a dog murderer any day of the week.

    said the guy of obvious caucasian decent. Dog rights over human civil rights huh? seems legit

  17. This is absurd. If a guy can’t get past what is said one time, after apologies are made , that means he must be perfect and has NEVER SAID ANYTHING HE REGRETTED! Since I sincerely doubt that……..grow up, and move on!

  18. @wydok don’t forget shoving a referee and punching a lineman who was on his back during the superbowl.

  19. 2bemoore43 says:
    Nov 4, 2013 12:18 PM

    said the guy of obvious caucasian decent. Dog rights over human civil rights huh? seems legit
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    Yeah ok whatever. Saying a word is worse than physical torture of a living creature. Weird priorities, bro.

    If it were an apples to apples comparison you made I might agree.

  20. I assume that most of us who ever worked for anyone other than ourselves have had to work with people, at times, who were not our favorite people in the world, and somehow we managed to get along with them well enough, day after day, to work well with them. That doesn’t mean we will ever hang out any more than is required of us.

  21. CKL November 4, 2013, 12:47 PM EST

    2bemoore43 says: Nov 4, 2013 12:18 PM

    said the guy of obvious caucasian decent. Dog rights over human civil rights huh? seems legit _________________________________ Yeah ok whatever. Saying a word is worse than physical torture of a living creature. Weird priorities,bro.

    If it were an apples to apples comparison you made I might agree.

    1st off i didnt make comparison, the obvious caucasian did. 2ndly, youre right…. animal rights & civil rights are apples & oranges. An apple a day keeps racial inequality away

  22. Williams is a nut job. Cooper just did something dumb when he was drunk. Are we forgetting that Williams should have even tossed out of the SB for shoving an official?

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