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Cooper: I wasn't raised that way

Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper met with reporters at NovaCare and stressed how "disgusted" and "disappointed" he was with himself after being caught on video using the N-word.

Cooper: I wasn't raised that way

Riley Cooper, red-eyed and shaken, told reporters his parents in Florida are "very 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 substantial amount" by the team. It is unclear if there will be league discipline. He 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'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 web site.

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