Riley Cooper apologizes for racial slur at Kenny Chesney concert
Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper used an offensive racial slur at a Kenny Chesney concert. It was caught on camera, went viral and he's now apologized.
On Wednesday afternoon a video of Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper -- thought to be in charge of filling the void left by an injured Jeremy Maclin -- attending a Kenny Chesney concert surfaced on the Internet at the Philly Sports blog CrossingBroad.com (NSFW language if you click through, clearly).
It featured Cooper, preparing to go backstage at the concert, using a racial slur in extremely inappropriate context.
"I will jump that fence and fight every n***** here," Cooper says, pointing at the camera.
Deadspin.com picked up the video and things got out of hand quick -- within half an hour Cooper had issued an apology on Twitter and through the Eagles.
I am so ashamed and disgusted with myself. I want to apologize. I have been offensive. I have apologized to my coach, Jeffrey Lurie, and— Riley Cooper (@RileyCooper_14) July 31, 2013
Howie roseman and to my teammates. I owe an apology to the fans and to this community. I am so ashamed, but there are no excuses. What I did— Riley Cooper (@RileyCooper_14) July 31, 2013
Was wrong and I will accept the consequences.— Riley Cooper (@RileyCooper_14) July 31, 2013
Cooper wasn't the only one forced to apologize -- Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said the team was "shocked and appalled" by Cooper's comments and stated that Cooper "has been fined" for the video.
“We are shocked and appalled by Riley Cooper’s words," Lurie said in a statement. "This sort of behavior or attitude from anyone has no role in a civil society. He has accepted responsibility for his words and his actions. He has been fined for this incident."
The NFL, obviously, wasn't very happy with the incident either.
"The NFL stands for diversity and inclusion," the league said in statement. "Comments like this are wrong, offensive, and unacceptable."
Per Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Cooper confirmed the fine -- "a good amount of money" though he said the amount wasn't important -- and said he had a confrontation with an African-American security guard at the Chesney concert.
It's a full-blown disaster for Cooper, who cannot possibly justify his use of that language. I don't know anything about Cooper's personal beliefs but it's hard to imagine this would go over well in the context of a professional setting as intense and intimate as an NFL locker room.
Let it serve as another reminder that in today's world the cameras are always rolling, for better or worse.
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