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Cooper apologizes for racial slur

Eagles wideout Riley Cooper was captured on video at a June 8 Kenny Chesney concert vowing to "fight every n----- here." He has apologized.

Cooper apologizes for racial slur

Riley Cooper, red-eyed and shaken, told reporters his parents in Florida are "extremely disappointed" in him Wednesday evening, after a video surfaced of Cooper vowing to "fight every N----- here" at a June 8 Kenny Chesney concert.

Cooper, who earlier apologized on Twitter, said he has been fined "a good amount of money" by the team. It is unclear if there will be league discipline; the NFL declined to say. Cooper characterized himself as "extremely sorry, extremely embarrassed, extremely hurt by my actions."

Cooper said the confrontation recorded on camera, which surfaced Wednesday afternoon on the Crossing Broad web site and was quickly picked up by Deadspin, ocurred between Cooper and an African-American security guard. 

Cooper said he has not spoken with his teammates yet.

"It's going to be very difficult for me," he said. "I'm going to tell them I'm extremely sorry. I'm going to tell them exactly what I'm telling you guys. There was a confrontation I handled extremely, extremely poorly ... I said something that is absolutely disgusting and terrible."

'I'm disgusted and I'm sorry. That's not the type of person I am," Cooper said. "I wasn't raised that way. I've got a great mom and dad at home (in Clearwater, Fla.). They're extremely, extremely disappointed in me."

Cooper said Eagles coach Chip Kelly told him to "go out and face this."

Cooper said he learned of the video today, presumably when it surfaced on the website.

"I was drinking, but that is no excuse for what I said and what I did, absolutely not," he said. He said his parents are "disgusted by my actions."

Cooper said teammates who know him "know what kind of person I am."

Asked if he expects to be a marked man around the league, Cooper said: "I haven't thought that far yet, to be honest with ya. I just know how sorry I am right now."

"This is kind of the lowest of the lows. This isn't the kind of person I want to be portrayed as," Cooper said, when asked how he feels this incident will affect his life. "This isn't the type of person I am. I'm extremely sorry.

"I know no one in Philadelphia is happy with me right now. I accept that. I just hope they see the true me, accept my apology, but I know it's going to take a while.'


WARNING: This video includes graphic language of Cooper using the 'n-word.':

 


"I am so ashamed and disgusted with myself," Cooper said earlier in a statement released on Twitter. "I want to apologize. I have been offensive. I have apologized to my coach, (to Eagles chairman) Jeffrey Lurie and (general manager) 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."

“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.“

Cooper is expected to take on a greater role in the offensive with Jeremy Maclin out for the season after tearing his right ACL.

Cooper, who turns 26 in September, was a fifth-round pick out of Florida in 2010. He was Tim Tebow's roommate and Aaron Hernandez's teammate. Cooper, who grew up in Clearwater, and was drafted by the Phillies in 2006, started five games at the end of last season, after DeSean Jackson suffered a season-ending injury.

In his Eagles media guide bio, he lists Young Jeezy, Lil Wayne and Drake well ahead of Chesney among his favorite musical aritists.

Les Bowen Daily News Staff Writer
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