The Eagles were “shocked and appalled” by receiver Riley Cooper’s choice of word while in the crowd at a Kenny Chesney concert. Sufficiently “shocked and appalled” to fine Cooper.
And, as it turns out, sufficiently “shocked and appalled” to arrange for someone to tell him things he already should have known.
“In meeting with Riley yesterday, we decided together that his next step will be to seek outside assistance to help him fully understand the impact of his words and actions,” the team said in a statement issued Thursday. “He needs to reflect. As an organization, we will provide the resources he needs to do so.”
We realize the Eagles are trying to strike the right balance between taking a stand against Cooper’s unacceptable behavior and not getting rid of a guy they need. But what kind of “outside assistance” can make a grown man who said something he knows he shouldn’t have said not say it again?
For something like this, the public humiliation is all the “outside assistance” he should need.
Perhaps the Eagles are providing “outside assistance” to minimize any external scrutiny for not doing enough in response to something that supposedly left the organization “shocked and appalled.” Unwilling to suspend or fire him, the Eagles will instead take some of his money and then have someone lecture to him about things he already knew — and if he didn’t already know them he surely knows them now.