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Teammates React to Riley Cooper’s Racial Slur, Apology

Aug 1, 2013, 12:21 AM EDT

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Video of Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper using a racial slur went viral late Wednesday afternoon. It’s sensational enough without commentary. Obviously the 25-year-old’s words were terribly insensitive to say the least, and he’s probably lucky to get off with just a fine – however expensive it may be – much less keep his job.

For what it’s worth, Cooper apologized immediately once the video came to light. He seems to understand he screwed up in a way that’s not easy to fix.

“This is kind of the lowest of the lows,” he said. “This isn’t how I want to be portrayed as. This isn’t the type of person that I am.”

“I know no one in Philadelphia is happy with me right now,” he said. “I accept that. I just hope they see the true me and accept my apology. But I know it’s going to take a while.”

I can’t put myself in anybody else’s shoes, but the first thing I wondered when this story broke is how the Birds’ locker room would respond. We probably don’t need to point out the majority of Cooper’s teammates are black men, as are many NFL players, so you can imagine how it might be difficult for him to go on making a living as a professional football player in the wake of these actions.

Let’s just say his teammates might be more forgiving than others. As you can see below, the ones who spoke to the media were willing to move forward.

Jason Avant did acknowledge some may not be able to forget the incident as quickly as others, but otherwise his teammates were as supportive as could be expected. Time will tell whether this becomes a bigger story or not though.

>> Riley Cooper apologizes, fined for using racial epithet [CSN]

  1. Brad Rome - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    Why is he lucky to keep his job? How is it different from Lil Wayne saying he is goin to “shoot a “n word” up” in a song?? The double standard is ridiculous here….I know how offensive and inexcusable it is but lets be real, people use that word EVERYDAY In songs and while referring to their “lil cuz or brotha”… lets be real NO ONE should use the word…but everyone does, who is of that skin color and its no problem? So why take his job from him and not the job of Lil Wayne and all the other “rap geniuses” who use it every other word?
    ” if you want to stop racism, stop talking about it” -bill cosby

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    • sfsu - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:58 AM

      This is an incredibly complex topic; Lil Wayne and Bill Cosby are entertainers, so to use them as evidence is….shortsighted, at the best.

      I understand, in theory, that it is troublesome for black males to use the n-word while simultaneously be offended by a white person using the same word. I agree that it seems like a a contradiction on the surface.

      However, once you take about 4 seconds to think, you can understand how an entire culture of people (who had been sub-humanized by white people for over 200 years in this county — and the country still is not even 300 years old yet) who have been constantly degraded by the n-word could use that word amongst themselves IRONICALLY. Why is context so hard to understand?

      So I guess I was wrong; it’s not that complex of a topic. I cannot say the same for your punctuation.

      Signed,

      A white guy

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      • Tom - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:43 AM

        “sub-humanized by white people for over 200 years in this county”
        Leave that white guilt BS out of here. The number one exploiters of black people in this country are other black people.
        Slow news cycle? This is such an non story. And the guys in PTI calling for suspension, what PC clowns.

      • BenE. - Aug 1, 2013 at 1:32 PM

        Agree with Tom. The #1 racists in this country are Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. If you wanna make a Mt. Rushmore of racists, you can add Eric Holder and Barack Obeezy.

    • mog - Aug 1, 2013 at 4:31 AM

      the word nigga is a common word used among black folk, the word nigger (what riley used) is a racial slur and extremely offensive, please do your research before defending someone. good day

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      • willh888 - Aug 1, 2013 at 8:20 AM

        Classic enabler. Don’t you find it weird that the word is so common among a certain group of people, it’s seen as normal? It’s THAT common? Maybe the stigma should change with everyone, not just one particular group of people. Just like women probably don’t get a pass when they call other women c*nts. Maybe women should change a vowel or somethin, call it culture.

    • mog - Aug 1, 2013 at 4:33 AM

      the word nigga is a common word used among black folk, the word nigger (what riley used) is a racial slur and extremely offensive, please do your research before defending someone. good day

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  2. Andy Schreiber - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    Well, his teammates know him a lot better than any of us. If they accept him & his apology, who are we to judge?

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  3. sfsu - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    This is an incredibly complex topic; Lil Wayne and Bill Cosby are entertainers, so to use them as evidence is….shortsighted, at the best.

    I understand, in theory, that it is troublesome for black males to use the n-word while simultaneously be offended by a white person using the same word. I agree that it seems like a a contradiction on the surface.

    However, once you take about 4 seconds to think, you can understand how an entire culture of people (who had been sub-humanized by white people for over 200 years in this county — and the country still is not even 300 years old yet) who have been constantly degraded by the n-word could use that word amongst themselves IRONICALLY. Why is context so hard to understand?

    So I guess I was wrong; it’s not that complex of a topic. I cannot say the same for your punctuation.

    Signed,

    A white guy

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    • sfsu - Aug 1, 2013 at 1:01 AM

      Obviously this comment was intended for Dolt B. Rome up top. My mistake for the double post.

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  4. nyphilsphan - Aug 1, 2013 at 4:37 AM

    Mike really needs to stick a muzzle on his brother Marcus (no pun intended). For a player who has asked for and received more forgiveness than any other in recent memory, his own brother is sure missing the point.

    People make mistakes- especially in the heat of the moment in anger. Not saying it’s OK to toss around racial slurs when you’re angry, but there isn’t person alive that hasn’t said or done something they wish they could take back when they were angry (or drunk; or both).

    Like someone said above, if his teammates can forgive him…that’s all that really matters.

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  5. Mike - Aug 1, 2013 at 6:45 AM

    His teammates forgiving him is not all that matters. They are selling a product to the public and if there is a massive outcry (which I don’t think there will be based on my general low opinion of Eagle fan) further action would then be taken.

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  6. Marcus Vick - Aug 1, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    Yo check it, just cuz I got arrested fo’ DUIs, getting stank on my hangdown from 15 year old hos, and was most likely involved wit’ killing dawgs wit’ my bro, don’t make it right for this Cracker to use a racial slur, you feel me?

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    • Vick's Pitbull - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:16 PM

      You forgot pulling a gat on a lil homie in McDonalds yo.

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  7. BlackManFromCleveland - Aug 1, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    We live in America, where it is your right to hate whoever you want to hate and say whatever you want to say… with that said, you also have to understand that that freedom lies with everyone, so what you say can and will be used against you, in all facets of life. Stay classy people.

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  8. vivaronmexico - Aug 1, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    Should have called him a fag, cause then the moral majority of America wouldn’t have cared.

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  9. willh888 - Aug 1, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Well he won’t lose any endorsements.

    I just wonder if he was driving a lexus on two wheels around logan circle and arrested for DUI he’d issue such an immediately, guilt laced apology for putting innocent lives at risk.

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  10. yishmeister - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    He only apologized after the video was released a whole month after the incident. He’s just apologizing because the incident went public, not for using the word or even that he may be racist. I am not buying what he’s selling in that apology.

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    • wmcgar01 - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:43 AM

      Compare and contrast Riley Cooper’s apology with Paula Deen’s. He isn’t saying crap like “I is what I is” and “let he who is without sin throw the first stone…” He is saying this is the lowest of the lows, his actions are indefensible, that he is disgusted with his actions… I think he is handling this in the best way possible and comes across as genuine.

      Of course he didn’t apologize until the video came out… to think it would have happened any other way is unrealistic. He should have figured out a way to get in touch with the stadium/security guy and apologized directly right after it happened, but to think he would go tell the organization, the public, his mostly black teammates what happened without the video being out is ludicrous.

      My guess is that he is more sorry that the video came out than he actually is for his actions. But that’s clearly conjecture. How do any of us know how he feels and how much soul searching he may be doing right now? I’ll take the forgiveness of his teammates as a good sign and call it a day.

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    • willh888 - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:03 AM

      I hear this “he’s only sorry because he got caught” nonsense every time something like this comes up. You mean to tell me every time you make a mistake you shout it from the mountain tops before anyone figures it out? You’re the first one to step up and say GUESS WHAT I DID! No. No no no, ya don’t

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    • Tom mc - Aug 1, 2013 at 1:03 PM

      So he should have had a press conference last month and said I used the n word last night I’m sorry. If that is your felling we are going to have a lot of press conferences. Also that word is said in that locker room at least 100 times a day. Are they going to start fining everyone who says it. Cause if they don’t then copper was fined because of the color of his skin and no other reason. That is racism

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      • Tom mc - Aug 1, 2013 at 1:10 PM

        *peoples not your, sorry I guess I have to have a press conference now

      • yishmeister - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:56 AM

        Well well……reports are that he is being isolated by the players during practice in between drills. Vick has been quoted as saying “We know Riley, he would never say that, we know him….or maybe we don’t” McCoy has come out and said he has lost respect for Cooper and players anonymously are not happy with just a fine for this guy.

        Sounds like the locker room has forgiven this guy alright….sure.

  11. Harry Hood - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    If this video was sent to 700level would you have put it out there? Seems like it was done for personal self-interest in promoting a website. Would like to hear thoughts as a website owner/reporter. I’m torn because I know it’s news, but I also read the site and know how much of a click whore the guy is. Check his twitter. He was mad news outlets weren’t crediting the site. Seems pretty shitty to use one mans demise for personal gain.

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    • phillyybuzz - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:55 AM

      Don’t blame the site for what came out that man’s mouth. Thats what all media does they’re story hounds

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    • willh888 - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:07 AM

      welp Harry you solved the internet. Blogs post things that get hits? Heeey

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    • Lol - Aug 1, 2013 at 1:58 PM

      Yeah, that site is pure trash.

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    • Joe P - Aug 1, 2013 at 2:01 PM

      Kyle Scott is an asshat

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  12. phillyybuzz - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    The eagles have a new coach and he needs his teams fully unity and commitment to each other. This incident will hinder that partly bcuz some media won’t let this b 4gottn it can be week 12 of the season and it will still be talked about. They have to cut this guy. T.O never said anything to that level and had 100 times more talent but his words made him get released. Dream team kept being echoed and this will also to the distraction of the team

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  13. phillyybuzz - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Divided fan base is already happening. Some white fans see it one way and some black fans see it another. I see it as an eagles green fan and what’s best for out team. I’m 40 years old and I’ve seen media use this type ammo to cause constant distractions. Please eagles big wigs cut Riley Cooper and give our team a chance to become relevant again

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  14. erzug - Aug 1, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    I wonder if the Birds would be more seriously entertaining the possibility of cutting him had Maclin not gone down for the season last Saturday.

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  15. erzug - Aug 1, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Assuming Maclin’s loss was number one, this is probably Kelly’s second WTF moment as an Eagles coach.

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  16. FattyZ - Aug 2, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    Now you understand? This is a witch hunt. Now they can ‘get’ people they don’t like by accusing you of being a witch/racist.

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  17. BenE. - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    I abhor racism in every sense, but I’m so tired of the double standard and “white guilt” society we live in. It’s been going on for a long time already, but this has gotten ridiculous.

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  18. erzug - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Now that Kenny Chesney is aware of what Cooper said at his June 9th concert, he may ban Cooper from attending his future concerts.

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