Posted August 02, 2013

Eagles WR Riley Cooper excused from team activities

NFL

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper was excused from all team activities on Friday, the team announced. The Eagles said he will seek counseling for his recent actions.

Cooper was caught on video during a June concert at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field making a racial slur toward a security guard.

He was fined an undisclosed amount by the team and later apologized to teammates. Several players, including quarterback Michael Vick, said that they have forgiven him, but admitted his time around the team could be difficult.

The team said in a statement Cooper will “meet with professionals provided by the Eagles during this period of time to better help him understand how his words have hurt so many, including his teammates.”

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Cooper also released a statement, which is included in the team’s report:

“The last few days have been incredibly difficult for me. My actions were inexcusable. The more I think about what I did, the more disgusted I get. I keep trying to figure out how I could have said something so repulsive, and what I can do to make things better.

“Right now, I think it’s important for me to take some time to reflect on this situation. The organization and my teammates have been extremely supportive, but I also realize that there are people who will have a tough time forgiving me for what I’ve done. The best thing for me, and for the team, is to step away for a period of time.

“During this time I’m going to be speaking with a variety of professionals to help me better understand how I could have done something that was so offensive, and how I can start the healing process for everyone. As long as it takes, and whatever I have to do, I’m going to try to make this right.”

The NFL said they would not discipline Cooper any further after the incident.

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10 comments
dre
dre

I am a black male and I think that he is really sorry for what he did.  I think he knows it was SPEECH WITHOUT A BENEFIT OF THOUGHT, even though he may have said how he really feels. We as people of all races should not use or think about that word.  Its signals hate and no one should use it regardless if you are describing your friend or just be malicious.  Even though it seems Riley was intending to be malicious because he was mad, I think he just didn't think right.  But what I don't like is when people making these claims, but blame it on alcohol? 

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

Why was Riley excused, either fine him which they did, suspend him for a game and move on.. The constant chatter is the only thing keeping this alive because there is not anything more pressing in the News.
 
For those that insist what Riley said is the same as when blacks say it to each other or what is heard in rap music are either stupid, a liar or racist. No way are those on the same level. Riley is a grown man stop blaming blacks that use the word for Riley stupidity.  Last time i check blacks did not invent the word so if you want to blame someone blame the inventors of the word.

donald5
donald5

You would be hard pressed to find a human being on this planet that has not had a feeling of hate for another group, large or small, based on religion, belief structure, sex, ethnicity, country of origin, sexuality, political orientation or whatever way we can group each other.  It can be fleeting based on a moment of rage or it can be long held.  A tribe in Africa probably hates the members of the tribe that lives 20 miles away just because they are another tribe.  There is probably a Baptist who hates the Catholics down the road.  There are probably several lesbians that hate men just for being men.  Republicans who hate Democrats and vice versa.  Whites who hate blacks, blacks who hate whites, Asians who hate Hispanics.  Human beings get frustrated with each other and default to compartmentalizing them so they can focus their frustrations.  If you have unreasonably disliked a person based on some characteristic other than their character, you have done what Riley Cooper did.  Probably not to the degree but we have all been guilty of it at some point. 

BBBigster
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I am still waiting for Shaq and many other NBA players who referred to Jeremy Lin as Cxxxx word.  

DonHole
DonHole like.author.displayName 1 Like

This is just getting to be sick. One wrong word and you are out. I guess we can see how things are gonna be when the minorities turn into the majority. Don't expect them to fight wars for your freedom, pass Civil Rights or Affirmative Action or elect a non-minority POTUS. Welcome to the future.

Matthew W
Matthew W

I am sure his teammates say it all the time in the locker room. It is frequently used in rap music....which is also probably played in the locker room.


Drop the double standard. Its racist no matter who is saying it. If its OK for blacks to use the term, then its OK for EVERYONE to use it.

rifleman
rifleman

How is it that Cooper (who should apologize & did) gets murdered in the media but Alec Baldwin can make homophobic slurs & not suffer? His Capital One ads still run on TV & he never really admitted doing wrong.

donald5
donald5

@rifleman Not just insults... he physically threatened the person in a rather disgusting manner

sachmo_3
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Wow.  It was a horrible thing to say, but if he feels he needs to leave his profession to 'seek conseling , what about the athlete who stomps on a homeless guy's leg, or the one who knocks his wife to the ground, or the one carrying a concealed weapon in an airport, or the one arrested for drug possession?  Where's the pressure from their teammates for them to seek counseling away from the team?  I guess committing an actual crime contributes to ones street cred in the locker room?

TexasBorn
TexasBorn

This pisses me off, ruin a whole persons career because he said "nig ger". Black people constantly say it, Its such a double standard. People need to stop being so sensitive and grow up.