Posted August 01, 2013

LeSean McCoy says he can’t respect teammate Riley Cooper

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LeSean McCoy is the first Eagles player to publicly criticize teammate Riley Cooper. (Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

LeSean McCoy is the first Eagles player to publicly criticize teammate Riley Cooper. (Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Michael Vick forgave Eagles teammate Riley Cooper for his use of a racial slur that released on video Wednesday. Another Eagles teammate isn’t ready for that.

LeSean McCoy told NFL.com’s Albert Breer that Cooper’s actions made him feel like he was “losing a friend” and that he can’t respect his teammate.

Cooper apologized Wednesday soon after Crossing Broad posted a video of him directing a racial epithet at security guards keeping him from going backstage during a June 9 Kenny Chesney concert at Lincoln Financial Field.

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

Soon after Cooper addressed his Eagles teammates, Vick told the Los Angeles Times that the Eagles have forgiven Cooper and are ready to move on. From the Times:

“I just spoke to Riley inside the bubble during the walk-through for about 15 minutes,” Vick said. “[Coach Chip Kelly] allowed me to say a few words to the team. He allowed all of us to have open dialogue for five minutes on how we wanted to move forward. I think we cleared the air. We all have an understanding that the most important thing for this football team is to move forward as of right now.”

“He apologized for what he did, and as a team we understood,” Vick said. “We all make mistakes in life and we all do and say things that maybe we do mean or we don’t mean. But as a teammate, I forgave him.”

After fining Cooper an undisclosed amount, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement that the team was ”shocked and appalled” by Cooper’s words and that “sort of behavior or attitude from anyone has no role in a civil society.”

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said on ESPN Radio Thursday morning that the league will not take action against Cooper in light of the Eagles’ discipline. Goodell called the comments “obviously wrong and they’re insensitive and they’re unacceptable.”


8 comments
Earl1
Earl1

first of all, the security was doing nothing more than his job, why is it o.k for a drunken player to violate the working class, second he never apologized to that individual, lastly, he said he would jump the fence and kick EVERY N-WORD in the place, whom had nothing to do with his rant and rage of immaturity ....smfh

mnf2k5
mnf2k5

As if anyone respects McCoy


CharlesHenry3
CharlesHenry3

Nah, can't excuse him, can't make excuses for him.  Wrong stuff, definitely.

Of course, to react the way that McCoy did isn't going to help anyone either.  

Of course, it wasn't any big deal when Jason Pierre-Paul was caught as he spouted off using the same words in a video last year ...

If it's wrong from one person, it's wrong from all persons ... or it's not what you say it is.  Simple as that.

There are racial slurs thrown at the Jews, Chinese, Mexicans, Native Americans, etc ... and yet, those ethnic groups don't throw the words around at each other.  Only one group does, and then gets upset when anyone else does.  Sad.

6marK6
6marK6

Wait for people to try to make Riley Cooper the victim in this drama. It's coming, wait for it.

Jean
Jean

@Earl1 as pure as the driven snow---why don't you address the Daily assaults of blacks on some poor helpless white cripple or 1 year old baby shot in the head because the white mother had no money to give to these n i g g e r s.

halcyon17
halcyon17

@CharlesHenry3 

You just exposed yourself sir. There's no way you can be that blind. I'm black, but I've never heard a black person use the variant "N-word", as Cooper stated, in a hateful or threatening manner towards their own. They use a variant that is similar to using "dude, my man, broski, guy, dog, friend" which can be demeaning if desired somehow, but not a genocide pursuit. 

The "ga" ending word I'm referring to is sadly and actually a cross culture word now. I've seen several black people not offended by the use of it from a white person who understands the friendly usage. They know its been overly used and thrown into the media stream, so they don't allow themselves to be angry over it just because a white kid who listened to rap/hip hop since birth decides its the new social trend. Those kids need to be rewired and connected, but personally I have no issue with the use of it if both or all parties using it, are in agreeance of its friendly use.

Wake up people, universal slavery and racism is now in effect more than ever. And each racial group, including white people, has a target market for that. Its about chaos control, control period. And we should correct those controlling for plaguing this system. 

ConfusionReigns
ConfusionReigns

@6marK6 What is your opinion on what Terrence Jones did?  Is it okay because he's black?  

Here's the thing, what Riley did was stupid, but have you NEVER called somebody a name while you were angry, a name that you probably wouldn't call them in calmer times?  Riley was mad (and drunk to boot), he was hurt (emotionally) and like a child he lashed out in a fit of rage.  Excuse him for it no, but go on and on over it and try to make something out of it that may or may not be there....get over yourself.  If blacks ever want race relations to improve this is an opportunity to be a bigger person,  Maybe Riley's a bigot,  I don't know but let him hang himself and show yourself to be a bigger and better person.  

So what is worse, calling somebody a name or physically assaulting a person for no apparent reason just because you can?  That's what Terrence did, so where is your outrage over his behavior?  

Braktooth
Braktooth

@ConfusionReigns @6marK6 What Terrence Jones did was reprehensible, but it has NOTHING to do with this story. Why even bring it up? You might as well have mentioned Genghis Khan slaughtering thousands and thousands of people. Where's your outrage over that?