Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper issued an apology today for using a racial slur at a Kenny Chesney concert, a video that has spread like wildfire.
He has been fined by the team.
Cooper acknowledged that he was drinking, but said that's no excuse for what he did. He said he doesn't usually speak that way and said, “I was raised way better than that. I know no one in Philadelphia is happy with me right now. I hope they see the true me and accept my apology. I know it's going to take a while.”
In the video posted on CrossingBroad.com, an angry Cooper yelled: “I will jump that fence and fight every (N word) here, bro.”
The video is apparently from a June 9 concert at Lincoln Financial Field.
“I am so ashamed and disgusted with myself,” Cooper said in a statement. “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.”
Obviously, language like that has no place anywhere. And Cooper will definitely have some fence-mending to do in the locker room after his remarks.
“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.“
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.