Riley Cooper Gets In Hot Water For Using Racial Slur
by Allen Kim
Aug 02, 2013 11:53 AM EDT
Philadelphia Eagles WR Riley Cooper got into some hot water today when footage from a Kenny Chesney concert in which he used a racial slur surfaced by CrossingBroad.com.
"I'm extremely embarrassed, I'm extremely hurt and extremely sorry for my actions," Cooper said in a statement to the media. "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. Most of the ones that know me, which excludes the rookies coming in, they know the kind of person I am.
"That's not the type of person I am," Cooper continued. "I wasn't raised that way. I got a great mom and dad at home. They're extremely, extremely disappointed in me."
The Eagles have already fined Cooper, and he may face further discipline by the NFL. However, the Eagles didn’t go as far as to remove him from the roster. He’s supposed to be Jeremy Maclin’s replacement as the team’s No. 2 wide receiver, and they can’t afford to lose him with their lack of depth at the position.
Cooper continued to apologize 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.”
“We are shocked and appalled by Riley Cooper’s words," Eagles owner Jeffrey 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."
While he wasn’t booted from the team, things are bound to be awkward for Cooper at practice.