Thursday, August 27, 2015

Riley Cooper apologizes for racial slur: "I wasn't raised that way"

Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper apologized after he used a racial slur at a Kenny Chesney concert that was video recorded and posted on the Web site CrossingBroad.com.

Riley Cooper apologizes for racial slur: "I wasn't raised that way"

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Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper apologized after he used a racial slur at a Kenny Chesney concert that was video recorded and posted on the Web site CrossingBroad.com.

"I'm extremely embarrassed, I'm extremely hurt and extremely sorry for my actions," Cooper said.

He said he spoke to Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, general manager Howie Roseman and coach Chip Kelly and "explained to them the whole situation," he said. "I'm willing to accept any consequences and I'm extremely sorry."

Owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement that the Eagles fined Cooper.

“We are shocked and appalled by Riley Cooper’s words," Lurie said. "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 said the fine was a "good amount of money." He said he has yet to hear from the league office and if they had planned to discipline him.

"The NFL stands for diversity and inclusion," an NFL spokesman said in an e-mail. "Comments like this are wrong, offensive and unacceptable."

In the video, Cooper appeared to get in an altercation with an individual. He said that he "would fight every [n-word] here." Cooper said the individual was an African American security guard. He said that he was drinking at the concert.

The concert was held at Lincoln Financial Field, the Eagles home stadium, in June. Kelly and several of his Eagles players attended the concert, including Cooper.

Cooper said that he had yet to talk to any of his teammates or any of his African American teammates. He said he planned to speak with them later this evening.

"I'm going to tell them exactly what I'm telling you [reporters]. I'm extremely sorry. I should have never said what I said," Cooper said. "Most of the ones that know me, which excludes the rookies coming in, they know the kind of person I am."

Cooper was born in Oklahoma City and was raised in Clearwater, Fla.

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

Cooper said that he had never used that word before.

Earlier, Cooper released a statement on Twitter:

“I am so ashamed and disgusted with myself. I want to apologize. I have been offensive. I have apologized to my coach, to Jeffrey Lurie, to 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 25-year-old receiver is entering his fourth season in the NFL. The Eagles drafted him in the fifth round of the 2009 draft out of Florida. He was a backup and played on special teams in his first three seasons. He's started in ten games over three seasons and has 46 catches for 679 yards and five touchdowns.

Cooper has been filling in for the injured Jeremy Maclin this training camp. Maclin suffered a season-ending torn ACL to his knee last week.

Inquirer Staff Writer
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