Posted July 31, 2013

Eagles WR Riley Cooper issues apology for racial slur

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Riley Cooper apologized for uttering a racial slur on video during a Kenny Chesney concert. (Ronald C. Modra/Getty Images)

Riley Cooper apologized for uttering a racial slur during a Kenny Chesney concert. (Ronald C. Modra/Getty Images)

Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper has issued an apology via Twitter for using a racial slur during a Kenny Chesney concert in June. Video of Cooper’s outburst was obtained by Philadelphia blog Crossing Broad.

Here’s a link to the video of the incident. (Warning: Video contains explicit language.)

During the concert, Cooper is seen on the video pointing to the crowd saying, “I will jump that fence and fight every [expletive] here.”

Cooper attended the June 9 concert at Lincoln Financial Field along with several Eagles teammates and coach Chip Kelly, who Chesney invited onstage to help sing “Boys of Fall.”

Here’s how Cooper’s apology played out on Twitter:


297 comments
TonyWay
TonyWay

Gimme a break, it's not the word but rather the intent. He intended to demean people with his use of the word. Any word can be demeaning depending on how it is used. Its called context or intent. That being said, in America, he can use whatever word he wants, but people can also react to his use of the word any way they want.

To those of you who take the easy way out by saying "rappers use the word" I say get real. Just because you've heard or seen a few rappers doesn't mean you KNOW how the average middle class black person lives his or her life.

When will the masses realize that millionaires, regardless of race, have more in common with each other than they do with middle-class 9 to 5 workers?

Vox
Vox

There is no good news here, but of course, the worst news is for the former NFL receiver.  Sorry, Riley, but that concert just cost you very large sums of money.  Next time you go to a concert, go there for fun instead of trying to prove that you are some sort of tough guy (and a stupid one at that).  p.s.  How can you not go to a Chesney concert in the right frame of mind? Whatever "supplements" you are taking, they are not working for you.  

duckfan59
duckfan59

I don't think threatening to "fight every ni**** here" is much of a threat at a Kenny Chesney concert. What, were there like two black people there? Now say that at a Nelly or Jay-Z concert and see what happens. That would be akin to a death wish.

mnf2k5
mnf2k5

Can't believe this is such a big deal.  Especially over a word that is commonplace in Music and Urban Communities.  Find it offensive?  stop using it altogether otherwise don't pick and choose when to get upset by it

Ciscos
Ciscos

The question I have now is if/when the Eagles release him, given the dynamics of the NFL, and Coopers talent level, what team will invest in bringing him into their locker room? I don't see many takers.

hawkwolf87
hawkwolf87

THis guy is a hillbilly, Yankee knows the N word can be dangerous.

hawkwolf87
hawkwolf87

All these camaras everywhere you cant be racist in public, but you can go home go to the closet  and say the N word if that makes you happy.

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

That night a black security guard was doing what he felt was his job.  there was a back and forth between the two men one with the authority the other without.. When Riley used the "N-word". at that point two things happened, one power was stripped from the security guard not by his choice but based on history in this country and two anything the guard does going forward could be questioned.  Was he doing his job objectively or based on the "N-word" getting thrown in his face... Riley had many words to choose from, words than could insult or demean any person that you are furious with but Riley decided to attack the entire race that night. Taking things back before a time when black officers could presue criminals but were not allowed to arrest them.  They had to wait for a white officer to make the official arrest.
 
The word will never lose its power when used in that content until blacks are considered equal 100% across the board so it has nothing to do with emotions, soft skin all that is B.S. because it goes deeper than emotions it goes the very root of  society. 
 
 I hear people saying they say the word, if you believe what they say and what Riley used that night are the same words you are either a liar, stupid or something else not worth mentioning. A man calling a woman a "B-word" and a woman calling other woman the same word has two different meanings. Blacks did manage to take a form of the word and turned it around into something less demeaning but some would argue that point and at the same time make money off it.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

wow, he is the only white guy in nfl history saying  ni*gggger.   But al, jesse and others act like them, use the term and all is ok. sad, screw the p.c. crowd

ConfusionReigns
ConfusionReigns

Interesting that this story is everywhere, yet the story about the black B-Baller stomping a homeless guy, well not so much.  Not supporting what Riley said nor excusing it even though we've all said something stupid while angry but I'd think the story about stomping a helpless guy would be a bigger one than what somebody called somebody else. 

raja.govindarajan
raja.govindarajan

Ni**er is an offensive word - agreed. And everybody needs to stop using it. Jut like you cannot use the F-word on network TV. The color of your skin should not make a difference whether you are allowed to say the word or not. Blacks should be taken to task as much as non-Blacks if/when they use that term. 

RescuedfromESPN
RescuedfromESPN

"This guy needs to stop profiling people because of their skin."

-George Zimmerman

flamiemcflamerpants
flamiemcflamerpants

Why isn't there this kind of backlash when black people say it? Rappers and majority of ignorant black people should have nothing to say. 

moose71950
moose71950

This is not nearly the big deal its being made out to be.  Everybody, including blacks, is to some degree racist, and I'm certain that Cooper, as one of the few white NFL players, has heard derogatory comments about his being white while on the field.  But for some strange reason the media doesn't care if white people are being discriminated against.  I'm not advocating what Cooper said, but this story, like so many, is so overblown

smmoore95
smmoore95

Wow all the folks here stating he only said N***ER should be ashamed of yourselves. Yes Blacks say the word because they can (mind u the word used is N***A). Hispanics, Portuguese, Asians there are words that offend them that no one else can say but their kind. I know, I live in a very diverse city. So to say well Blacks say it all the time... is IDIOTIC and makes you look borderline racist. Stop sticking up for your fellow white boy! He said a very racist remark in a fit of rage. And mind you how he said it and the way he said it makes me believe this not the only time he said it. 

So He got caught and has to do the apology tour.  Well where was the apology prior to the video? Yeah he's sorry now. Sorry that he got caught!

reed
reed

For everyone that is p.o'd about Cooper's n-word use, this is the perfect "Those who have not sinned, cast the first stone" moment. Every player in every locker room and every fan in every stadium, regardless of sport, has uttered a derogatory phrase - with deliberate intent or not.  

john15
john15

Every other word out of a KneeGrow's mouth is n------ ,but because they are a protected species, no problem.

ITATTRACTS
ITATTRACTS

Let's see, pro athlete who sits in a locker room, jokes around with players who probably use that word in every other sentence that comes out of their mouths both joking, when angry, when playing, as a term of endearment, as a way of clowning, but now he's forced to do the song and dance apology show. Everyone has said it (and worse), and everyone makes a mistake. He was clearly agitated about something, give it a break. 

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

There were black people at a Kenny Chesney concert?

moose71950
moose71950

Yeah, I guess no black NFL player has ever used a racial slur against a white football player.  Can you imagine if a story like that broke the news?  The espn anchors might actually laugh on the air, not to mention Stephen A. Smith.

ckelley5711
ckelley5711

He's definitely the first NFL football player to use the "N word", especially when referring to an act of violence.  I bet you never hear that word at practice, in the locker room,  or during a game......never.

ESPNBoardGOAT
ESPNBoardGOAT

I bet Tebow is glad his former teammates are stealing the headlines this offseason.

brighat
brighat

Everybody with a cell phone can be Big Brother. If a celebrity is around, everybody will be filming him/her in hopes of hitting the jackpot. Privacy is non-existent in 2013.

Hard to believe so many people follow on Twitter a marginal NFL player whose claim to fame was that he roomed with another marginal NFL player in college. 

It's also sad how most people don't even use Twitter correctly.

6marK6
6marK6

I heard that Fox News has offered Riley Cooper his own show.

superb
superb

@friendly--neighborhood--scrawler  

really? God get a life the n word is used constantly by the very people that say white folks can't say it. If you let what someone says hold youi back then thats your problem I am sure if you poll succesful black busniness men they will tell you to a man the same thing quit being a victim and press on

so if you feel that guilty either move to another country or pay them reparations out of your own liberal wallet so you can feel  yourself because IT IS only about hurt feelings! suck it up!

KevinWhitelookslikeBruceIrvin
KevinWhitelookslikeBruceIrvin

then again it is an art form but thats not what im saying but im sure the n word is common language between players excuse me black players becuz if a white guy was heard saying it it would be racism. now im a defending riley cooper no because being at a country concert i assume he actually has a problem with african americans. really what im trying to say is the media is making a huge deal over it also he was drunk 

randomdeletion
randomdeletion

@ConfusionReigns Shock factor brings a lot more attention to a story.  Sadly, it seems, people are not shocked by the other story you referenced.  Can you guess why? 

randomdeletion
randomdeletion

Here is another example of context meaning more than just the word on it's own.  Percy Harvin tweeted that he was "sorry to half to report I need surgery on my hip".  Does the word "half" mean it's literal translation in the dictionary in this context? Nope.  It means "have".  He used it improperly by it's pure definition but we all know what he meant.  

So when a black guy says to another black guy "Wus up my n*gga".  Is he meaning the literal translation of "n*gger" in what he is saying?  Nope.  We know he is meaning "What is up my friend".  That is how language works.  Not all things are literal translations from a dictionary.  Language is an art of communication and not a dictionary. 

randomdeletion
randomdeletion

@raja.govindarajan If any black person uses the word in a hateful, spiteful, insulting and derogatory way then they would be taken to task for it.  That is not how they use the word.  You will rarely if ever see a black person talking down to another black person using that word.  I have friends that I jokingly call "f**ker", and they don't feel the need to take me to task for calling them that.  They know I am jokingly using it as a term of endearment.  People get way way too worked up about words themselves.  It is the context in the usage that matters.  It is the intent and tone that gives certain meaning to it, not just the word itself. 

smmoore95
smmoore95

@moose71950 Wow overblown??? In a fit of rage he said he would jump the fence and fight EVERY N***ER there. This is a man no matter white or black who is luck y enough to be in the NFL and his standards are being held high because of the Shield he represents. Overblown. Give me a break!  that's like saying Aaron Hernandez is miss understood.  SMH

moose71950
moose71950

@smmoore95 "white boy" sounds awfully derogatory.  Would it be more offensive if I said "black boy", probably... but how are they different?

ianforbes
ianforbes

@john15 and every other sentence out of your mouth is "Hee Haw! Can't wait to get home and have s e x with my Father/Brother

Bad1v
Bad1v

@john15 Don't you have a sheet or two to was instead of making racist comments here.

Edward1
Edward1

@6marK6 No, it was MSNBC, he'll have a crossfire with Al Sharpton on how best to beat the sh/t out of Greek h0m0s and boycott Koreans trying to sell fried chicken.  

donald5
donald5

@6marK6 I heard NBC has come up with some slightly edited audio tapes where Riley Cooper admits to killing 100 African Americans

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

@superb 

 Saying....  "the word is used by them constantly" ... is the phrase of a bigot... i know a lot of black people and i do not hear the word from them, this may be hard for you to believe but they actually communicate like civilized human beings  
 
Not because you hear it in rap music witch i doubt you listen to, or on TV that does not represent Black people in general like not all Muslims have bad intentions or hate America, that is just a narrow minded way of thinking... Tell me where do you here these black people saying it all the time I AM VERY CURIOUS... please let me know? 
  
Reparations would never work at least for the majority, the money would be easily frittered away, you cannot turn back the hands of time... it's about what we do as a society going forward and it is getting people of color and women in positions once reserved for only the white males and overtime things will change . that is how you lose the power in that terrible word and others like it.

flamiemcflamerpants
flamiemcflamerpants

@randomdeletion That's the most ignorant thing I've ever heard.  I should start going up to my friends and say "What's up my Nazi brothers!" or "What's up my raper friends!"...but it's just used as a friendly way to say hi...

flamiemcflamerpants
flamiemcflamerpants

@tfaw @flamiemcflamerpants No.  It's a derogatory term.  No one should use it in any meaningful conversation, whether it is in jest or not.  The people who use it do not respect themselves or the history of the people who were either slaves or fought for their rights.  

moose71950
moose71950

@smmoore95 @moose71950 You've never threatened physical harm to a person you were mad at?  We all have done it, and just because he said the N word doesn't make him the founder of the KKK nor does it suggest he goes out every weekend fighting black people.  And you provided the perfect example of the high standards of the shield with Hernandez, and he isn't the only thug in NFL either.  

PS. - A racial slur is no where near equivalent to a murderer.  So thank you for overblowing the Cooper situation by comparing it to the Hernandez murder.  Point proven

randomdeletion
randomdeletion

@flamiemcflamerpants  Have you been living in a hole?  Or do you just not know any black people at all?  Heck white kids even call each other that to mean "friend".  You may not like it and think it is ignorant, but that is really irrelevant.  It is reality that they are doing this.  It is reality that they are using it as a term of friendship.  

Apparently you have no concept of any words ever meaning anything other than a literal translation.  I am guessing you are clueless as to how language evolves over time.

raja.govindarajan
raja.govindarajan

@smmoore95 @moose71950 If so, then every rapper, black comic, athlete are all murderers. NOT. It is overblown. He said something which is not considered decorum. He has apologized. Case closed. There is no reason for anyone to become indignant as if a serious crime has been committed. Preaching political correctness is the favorite resort for people who don't have any other quality to distinguish themselves.