Eagles receiver in hot water over "N-word" video

VIDEO: Eagles WR Riley Cooper in full damage control over "N-word" video

7/31/13 in NFL   |   JoeKukura   |   485 respect

Blog Photo - Eagles receiver in hot water over "N-word" videoIf you think Anthony Wiener has some Internet problems, wait til you see the hot water in which Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper finds himself today. Cooper has been caught in a widely circulated Internet video after his involvement in a fight at a Kenny Chesney concert last month in Philadelphia. The hot water part comes courtesy of Cooper very audibly saying, "I will jump that fence and fight every n***** here, bro."

See, at least on Twitter you can claim you were hacked. When there's video of you on the Internet, there's no reasonable path to denying it was you. The fourth-year Eagles receiver should anticipate another round of "veteran hazing" at Eagles training camp, which opened last week.

The Philly fan site Crossing Broad has video of Riley Cooper using a racial slur in the parking lot of a Kenny Chesney concert. Cooper had apparently been in a fight earlier in the evening (picture below, beneath the video). The racially charged nature of Cooper's comments is curious, considering he had been fighting with a Caucasian adversary and that you probably do not see many African-Americans at a Kenny Chesney show.

The video can be seen below, just to maximize Cooper's shame to the greatest extent possible.


Blog Photo - Eagles receiver in hot water over "N-word" videoCrossing Broad is apparently a website devoted to the Philadelphia sports scene. At least, I think it is. When you look at the Crossing Broad home page you cannot see any text until you fill out some advertisement survey.

Cooper has since apologized like mad on Twitter. In three consecutive tweets, Cooper contritely declared, "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 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 Was wrong and I will accept the consequences."

The Eagles organization has slapped Cooper's ass with an undisclosed fine. "We are shocked and appalled by Riley Cooper's words," Eagles owner Jeff 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,"

To his credit, Cooper faced the music and spoke with reporters hours after the video broke. "This is the lowest of the lows," Cooper said. "This isn't the type of person I want to be portrayed as, this isn't the type of person that I am. I'm just extremely sorry."

Some aren't ready to forgive. Michael Vick's brother Marcus Vick tweeted something unprintable, followed by tweeting, "Hey I'm putting a bounty on Riley's head. 1k to the first Free Safety or Strong safety that light his ass up! Wake him up please....."

Yeah, good luck collecting that bounty from Marcus Vick. He spent five days in jail earlier this year for non-compliance with court-ordered financial requirements.
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8/1/13   |   Scullyson   |   15109 respect

Bird Brain Riley. Very ignorant comment and btw Riley you might just have to fight a few %^$&*'s ...Good luck cool !   Definitely not the coldest beer in the pack thats for sure..LOL

7/31/13   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

There is no damage control for this. Cooper needs to retire, or the NFL needs to say goodbye. This cannot be tolerated. How can he face anyone in his locker room ever again? Some things do not warrant second chances.