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Riley Cooper Won’t Be at Eagles Practice for a While

Aug 2, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT


Both the Eagles and Riley Cooper released statements this afternoon regarding his standing with the team in light of the racial slur he made which has kicked off all sorts of controversies surrounding this team.

The Eagles had this to say in a statement:

“As we have said, Riley Cooper will be seeking counseling and we have excused him from all team activities. This is all new territory and we are going to evaluate this timetable every step of the way. He 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.”

And Riley’s statement:

“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.”

Your thoughts on the Eagles allowing Cooper to simply take some time away to find help? Would you have preferred the team cut ties with him completely and be done with the situation?

  1. Jesus - Aug 2, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    I hope he dies.

    • vivaronmexico - Aug 2, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      spoiler alert:

      we all die someday.

    • Souled Out - Aug 2, 2013 at 1:15 PM

      Yup, that sounds like something “Jesus” would say

      • Paul - Aug 2, 2013 at 1:51 PM

        More like “Espero que muera” said by Jesús.

    • aswift5648 - Aug 2, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      Are you Roddy White?

  2. Zack - Aug 2, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    I feel like this is a little ridiculous. NFL players get DUIs all the time where people could die, Stallworth actually killed someone with his car…and everyone comes back cool and gets support from their teammates. Is this really worse?

    I understand this was said with malice, but I bet every white guy on the Eagles has said it at least once in their life. Hell, I bet every player on the Eagles has said something racist at one point in their life.

    • willh888 - Aug 2, 2013 at 1:04 PM

      Putting lives at risk has nothing on offending people.

    • steve - Aug 2, 2013 at 1:08 PM

      you should have stopped after your first paragraph.

  3. wmcgar01 - Aug 2, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    He needs to get cut. Look at how the distraction of Desean’s contract affected this team… New coach, new offense, questions at QB, etc. Eagles camp is enough of a circus as it is.

    • Pete D - Aug 2, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      Agreed…regardless on what anyone’s take is on what should have happened or how this has been handled, the media circus around the team at this point will be a distraction big enough to justify cutting ties.

  4. igantz - Aug 2, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    What Carry Williams said in an article on CSN sums this whole situation up quite nicely. Yes its wrong for a white guys to use that word, but this is a word that is thrown constantly to one another in the black community with no problems at all. Also thrown around in locker rooms across the NFL. Everyone preaches for no more hate and equality, but its OK for one group of people to use a hateful term towards one another but the moment that same word comes out of another persons mouth from another race, those same people step back and get offended. Its a hateful word, no one should use it, no matter what race you are. The whole situation is pretty lame. What if he would of used a different derogatory word to describe a mexican, or a puerto Rican? Would this even be a story?

    Lil Wayne can use N*gger 10 times in a song, while burning an american flag, and then stomping on it, but hey, its cool.

  5. Riley Pooper - Aug 2, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    I’m sick guys. I need counseling to cure my diseased way of thinking.

  6. BenE. - Aug 2, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Not surprised. The white guilt is strong with this team.

  7. BenE. - Aug 2, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Also, Riley Cooper is being waaaaay OVER-apologetic.

    • Andrew Kulp - Aug 2, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      Seriously? Ask one of his teammates if Cooper is being way over-apologetic, if Cooper is even capable of being over-apologetic in this instance.

      It’s not your or my place to decide how offended people should get over this, or how low Cooper should feel. He said something we all know he should not have, and now he has to deal with the consequences. The fact that there are people who would try to turn it around and suggest all of this is somehow unfair to Cooper or to white people borders on obscene. It’s simple: if he didn’t want to alienate himself inside the locker room and bring negative attention upon himself, he shouldn’t have used that word. It doesn’t matter who else uses it, he can’t. There’s no excuse. Cooper seems to understand the impact his actions had, and probably realizes he can’t apologize enough.

      Nobody is asking you or anybody else to apologize for what came out of another person’s mouth, Ben. I’m not sure how anybody who was not directly offended by Cooper’s comments could know or decide when enough is enough.

      • BenE. - Aug 2, 2013 at 2:19 PM

        All this sh*t about re-evaluating his life and seeking counseling is being over-apologetic. The white guilt is strong with you too, apparently.

      • Andrew Kulp - Aug 2, 2013 at 2:26 PM

        I don’t have any guilt at all because I didn’t say it. I’m just not going to decide for somebody else how they should feel. There’s a reason it’s taboo.

        As for Cooper re-evaluating his life and going to counseling, I don’t see the issue. This isn’t just about a word he used. He may need counseling for alcoholism, and he should probably evaluate what a selfish jerk he was acting like. You really don’t think there is any need for Cooper to reflect on his actions and clean up any aspects of his life that may have contributed to this outburst?

      • BenE. - Aug 2, 2013 at 2:36 PM

        No. It was an outburst, and we haven’t seen any indication from him that this is “a way of life” for him. If he feels he needs counseling for something, fine. But throwing that in there is akin to saying “my best friend is black.” It is trite, and comes off as over-apologetic.

        If the word is considered vile — which it is — then it shouldn’t be ok for anyone to use it. I don’t use it, and I reprimand my friends and family for using it. This whole thing has been blown out of proportion. It is only a big deal because a white guy said it.

      • Andrew Kulp - Aug 2, 2013 at 2:51 PM

        We don’t know that any of the the contributing factors — alcoholism, anger management, narcissism, etc. — AREN’T a way of life for him, either. Face it, we really don’t know anything about Riley Cooper, and maybe Riley Cooper doesn’t truly know how deep Riley Cooper’s issues run, which is why it’s not a bad thing for him to speak to some professionals. Nobody is saying the man should enter therapy for the rest of his life, but what is the harm in some reflection? Maybe he will realize alcohol or anger issues have had damaging consequences in other aspects of his life. Or maybe it’s just a hoop he has to jump through in an effort to win back the trust of his friends and employer. Either way, I don’t understand why anybody would take offense and turn it into a negative. Why shouldn’t he seek counseling?

        And yes, it’s a big deal because a white guy said it. There’s a reason for that.

      • PJH - Aug 2, 2013 at 2:53 PM

        Ben…If you think that black people saying it is the same as when a white person says it like he did, then youre part of the problem. Context matters. The duck dynasty people are allowed to call themselves rednecks because theyre doing so in a non offensive context. Theyd be pissed if a city boy like you or me went down there and said that we were gonna fight all the rednecks. Its a different term than the n word, I know, but the scanario is the same as with the n word. Im confused as to why some (not all–plenty of them dont use it) black people use that word just as much as you. And theres definitley a conversation to be had on potential damage it might be doing…But as kulp said, thats still no excuse.. I dont pretend to be a black person, in black person shoes, who grew up surrounded by black culture, so I dont judge them for using the word as they do–nor do I bring that up as if it means they deserve racist treatment because of it, or act like its an excuse for white people to be racist towards blacks. We could use coopers outburst to be having a positive discussion about race, racism and racial disparity in this country, but instead half the people are content with just deflexting the attention on black people and why they say the word, and just minimalize to an extent what cooper did and just try to ignore the real problem. And thats the fact that racism has, would, and always will exist, whether or not black people called each other niggas or not. And its time to actually start talking about it instead of kicking the can down the road with distracting and ignorant comments about rap lyrics and “Gee why are they allowed to say it, its unfair wah wah wah”

      • willh888 - Aug 2, 2013 at 3:21 PM

        I don’t know Kulp, even if you’re right about him having an alcohol problem or something just as serious.. when a particular group uses that word they need to be rehabilitated. When another group uses that word (even out of anger) it’s a cultural hiccup and no one talks about being offended. I understand some situations are unique enough to treat differently under circumstances, but as another reader pointed out.. do these players start going through their playlists and deleting every song from their ipods with that word if they’re so offended? Do they avoid ESPN’s Stephan A Smith who’s said it on air twice by now and lied about it? Cooper as flagrantly dumb as he was at least had the balls to stand up and apologize in front of his entire team.

      • BenE. - Aug 2, 2013 at 3:24 PM

        To be clear, PJ, I don’t think it’s unfair for blacks to use the n word but not whites. I think it shouldn’t be used at all. I couldn’t care less that whites can’t use the word. What IS an issue is that this is only a big deal because a white guy said it. Somehow, in the media’s eyes, only whites can be racist. It is impossible to have a discussion about race relations until whites are no longer the only subjects of racial witch hunts.

      • Andrew Kulp - Aug 2, 2013 at 4:14 PM

        Will, like many people I have opinions on the subject of how society chooses which words it grants power, but the dichotomy of who can and can’t use a certain word without causing a stir is not the issue here. What Cooper said is considered offensive to a lot of people, there are very specific reasons why a white person in particular should not say that, and it’s not my place to determine how insulted others should be. And what the consequences of those actions are should be between Cooper, his teammates, and the organization. I just don’t see the need for peoples’ attempts to minimize Riley’s actions by saying, “Oh, so-and-so says this, does that.” There are injustices everywhere, that doesn’t mean I’m going to jump in Cooper’s corner when he was very clearly in the wrong, nor am I the person who can grant him absolution. Frankly, I think Cooper and the Eagles are going about this the right way. Profuse apologies and counseling are a good way to show contrition so he can start mending fences.

      • willh888 - Aug 2, 2013 at 4:35 PM

        It’s natural for people to minimize it based simply on observation. You see that word a lot.. with many many mixed reactions. There’s a lot of people who would rather the phrase not carry duel-meaning. It might be minimizing to you, but to others it’s just offering perspective. Is Riley wrong, yes. Should he suffer consequences, no doubt. It’s the degree of those consequences which people might disagree on though. Should he be fined.. yep.. I’m alright with that. He exercised horrible judgement. Do I think the Eagles are folding to public pressure by excusing him a few days later, of course.

        I’m not trying to being Braun-ish and say lets just forget about it since it’s a mistake in the past bleh bleh. We’re not saying it should be ok for Riley to say it either. How about no one says it out of respect to everyone. Just like my Stephan A Smith example. Dude said it clear as day on air. Basically no controversy, and then the guy lied about it. Cowards like that make Riley look somewhat reasonable (for apologizing).

    • PJH - Aug 2, 2013 at 3:40 PM

      Ben…thats the whole point…An ignorant, maybe racist from the sound of the clip, white guy said it. Youre right, that is why. And it matters becsuse when black people use the word theyre not using it as one of the lowest of low insults. They dont use it as a cheap attempt to demean and insult another person or their race. Generally when white people say it, its never in that context or resembles anything even remotely positive. And it undermines all the progress weve made as a society. Again, I dont get why they say the nword all the time, but it is what it is at this point and I think its stupid and distrscting that white people just instinctively and defensively bring that up as soon as they hear something like this happens.

      ITs just another way of deflecting the blame or attention away from the agressor and onto the black community. It was the same thing when shady said he might not be friends with the giy anymore…Immediately everyone was bi tching about “well thats nice coming from the womanizer”….Instead of reflecting on why he and other black oeople feel that way, and trying to undrtstand that perspective, everyone immediatley latched onto something that happened months ago and was just insulting him. I dunno, its just the same thing over and over when sometjing lkke this happens and we never get anywhere, and I feel like instead of having tough yet meaningful discussions about thr real problem, these same easy, lazy, aad obnoxious tropes just keep on getting reanimated and it leads us nowjere.

      • BenE. - Aug 2, 2013 at 3:56 PM

        I agree that the contexts between black and white are different. My only point is that there will never be an objective discussion about race as long as whites are the only ones tagged as racists. When is the last time you saw a witch hunt in the media where a black person was accused of being a racist? You don’t see it. But stories like this spread all over the country because it isn’t politically correct for the mainstream to call blacks racist. Meanwhile, the two most well-known racists in this country are black (Jackson and Sharpton).

      • nyphilsphan - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:57 AM

        I hear what you’re saying, Ben, but I think this issue is simply too complex to be broken down logically and reasonably on a sports blog about an athlete who dropped the N-bomb in public one time.

        Rumors persist that Denzel Washington is a racist asshole, but that doesn’t prevent him from raking in millions co-starring with white people in summer blockbusters.

        However, there is a specter of menace and privilege that hangs over a white racist that simply (and rightfully) isn’t there for a black racist.

        Of course, this doesn’t even begin to breach the topic of whether one instance of using a racial slur makes someone a racist. There are people who hang around THIS COMMENT SECTION that would never use that word but are CERTIANLY huge racists. A word is just a word. Strongly held beliefs cannot be uncovered by the use of a single word- no matter how repugnant it is.

        Paula Deen didn’t just use “the word”. She suggested it would be great if she could have a slavery-era themed wedding. That might be just enough to show that someone has deep seeded racial biases.

  8. mac - Aug 2, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    chip’s blowing it. if this was belicheck riley would have been sent packing that night. now we all have to hear about this crap surrounding the eagles over a 3rd rate wide receiver. cmon chip get it together.

    • aswift5648 - Aug 2, 2013 at 5:27 PM

      While I don’t think anyone should lose their job for saying a word, regardless of how heinous said word is; I have to agree with this sentiment. Cooper could’ve been cut before this whole thing, and none of us would have batted an eye. But, as this whole stupid situation is serving as a feeding frenzy for the vulturous media, it would make sense to just cut ties with him, so as to get this nonsense off of the front page, and get back to focusing on the actual team.

      • clubberlangphila - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:05 PM

        True. From my point of view, he would not be fired for the word but for the negative attention the team has received from the fallout. If he’s cut, the media tide might influence the eventual Cooper v. Eagles suit on the for Birds violating Cooper’s First Amendment Rights by firing him. Even though almost any job has a clause in the new employee paperwork about doing things that “reflect negatively” on the company as cause for termination, I could see the circus staying in town longer if he were to sue.

        How about we all don’t post #ignorecooper ?

  9. Kunk - Aug 2, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Any of youse ever been in a yurt?

  10. JMRA - Aug 2, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    Reblogged this on Joe Montana's Right Arm and commented:
    Welp, not a surprise.

  11. Charlie D - Aug 2, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Welcome to Chip Kelly’s kindergarten. And you better not say the “F” word either!

  12. aswift5648 - Aug 2, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    What is truly ridiculous about this whole thing, is the way it’s been blown up by the Media, so that it’s headline news. It was a stupid thing said by a stupid athlete who barely has an effect in the outcome of the team; yet it’s all people are talking about in Sports Media.

    Also, there is a ridiculous double-standard I’d really like to point out. When the George Zimmerman verdict came out, Atlanta Wide Receiver Roddy White tweeted that the jury should kill themselves. A black man, tweeting that an all white jury should kill themselves, yet any coverage of that heinous comment was a brief passing mention at all. Why didn’t the media cover the thoughts of Roddy’s white teammates, who might’ve thought that was insensitive? Why didn’t we see ESPN covering the story all day long, for three days. Both comments are equally as heinous, yet only one seems to be focused on, and droned on about.

  13. clubberlangphila - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Get-um, Social Media. This birdbrain better come down with 50 receptions this season – solid chance a brotha will be throwing some/most/all of them.

    No offense, The700Level’s coverage is a contributor to the pervasiveness “distraction” that the the writers seem to be so concerned about. Until the guy is accused of a crime, why give him more attention? Anyone can seek professional help for any reason: physical, mental, spiritual, career. We know what’s happened, let the Birds take care of it. I hope this is one of the last Cooper posts get before – The Cooper cut/suspended/fined post.

    (no chance)


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