Cooper Fined, Attempts To Explain Himself

Dressed in an orange polo, blue mesh shorts and flip-flops, Riley Cooper got behind the mic for six minutes, 31 seconds Thursday and tried to explain himself.

A couple hours earlier, an Eagles media relations staffer had shown him the video that captured the Eagles’ wide receiver saying he’d “fight every [N-word] here” while at a Kenny Chesney concert last month. Now, with the bricks of the NovaCare Complex as his background, it was time for Cooper to face the music.

“There was a confrontation with me and one of the security guards,” he said. “I’m not gonna get into what happened, but I said something that was absolutely disgusting and terrible. And I should not have handled it the way I handled it.”

Cooper later confirmed that the security guard was African-American and admitted that he had been drinking.

Before he spoke to reporters, he had already met with owner Jeffrey Lurie, GM Howie Roseman and head coach Chip Kelly. The punishment had already been handed down: Cooper was fined “a good amount of money,” he said. But no suspension or other punishment is coming from the team.

“He said, ‘Go out and face this,'” Cooper said, when asked what Kelly told him. “And tell them exactly what you just told me, how sorry you are for what you said.”

Lurie released a statement through the team.

“We are shocked and appalled by Riley Cooper’s words,” he said. “This sort of behavior or attitude from anyone has no role in a civil society.”

While the Eagles have already decided on a punishment, Cooper will have to wait and see if the league takes any action.

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

Cooper’s biggest hurdle will be facing his teammates, something he has yet to do.

“It’s going to be very difficult for me,” Cooper said. “I’m gonna tell them I’m extremely sorry, tell them exactly what I’m telling you guys. There was a confrontation, and I just handled it extremely, extremely poorly.”

Asked if he has used the N-word in other instances, Cooper said, “I don’t use that. Like I said, I was raised way better than that.”

The Eagles are scheduled to practice again Friday afternoon. As Kelly continues on with his first training camp as an NFL head coach, his players will be peppered with questions about Cooper and his standing on the team.

“This is kind of the lowest of lows,” Cooper said. “This isn’t the type of person I want to be portrayed as. This isn’t the type of person that I am. And I’m just extremely sorry.”

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  • Tyler Phillips

    What an idiot

  • Jesse

    Ugh, what a racist idiot. I’m not really sure how he’s going to walk into the Eagles locker room, or any locker room in the league for that matter, after this. Really curious to see what Chip does after preaching accountability on and off the field…Oh, and cool shirt, too.

    • EaglePete

      was thinking same thing per locker room, what a moron. Good maybe now he can be odd man out, he was too slow with zero separation anyway.

      • AngryLib

        The man obviously has a lack of upside along with a lack of hip-swivel. He is of course a blue-collar bring your lunchpail to work kind of guy though.

        Regardless, we can’t let this sort of intolerance go unpunished!

  • NickS1

    Might as well retire, Coop. Life in the NFL just got A LOT harder for you.

    • G_WallyHunter

      LOL jeeze… pure stupidity. Sucks cuz after that presser with him talking about Maclin I was just like cool cool Riley is a great player he’ll step up….
      all out the window, hope he gets cut.. DAMN
      No matter what the Eagles always find away to get lots of attention in the OS.. SMH

  • G_WallyHunter

    just lost all the respect I had for Riley, which was a lot. Hope he gets cut now, don’t care how tall he is or how well he can block, no need to racists in the locker room..

  • Gary

    Dumb shit.

  • G_WallyHunter

    other video of what looks like him getting into chirping with fans…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPMn7Trv8H4.. guys a joke get outta here

    • jabostick

      Brutal. Not a good idea to be the drunkest guy at a concert when you’re a (potential) NFL starter…

      • G_WallyHunter

        Ya he just went and did it… mad pissed.. was really excited about him being used more. Looks like CK is really getting the full-blown taste of the NFL lol…

  • nicksaenz1

    Only time we’re relevant anymore. Dream Team, Dynasty, Riley Cooper. Predictions for next offseason’s headline boneheaded comment?

    • G_WallyHunter

      hmmm.. involving Cdub? probably.. he’s got a big mouth

      • NickS1

        My prediction is McCoy. Just when you think he gets it….

        • G_WallyHunter

          No way i think he gets it now really.. but crap this is just terrible

          • Richard Colton

            “Riley Cooper was caught on video using a word I’m sure he’s very embarrassed about. He has apologized lets not make a mountain out of this.” – Ike Reese

            Are we maybe making too much out of this?

          • http://theadulttoysstore.com/ The Toy Goddess

            His employer will decide how much of a “mountain” to make out of it.

          • Richard Colton

            agreed. would you cut him though? i feel like we wouldn’t care because its Cooper, and he’s below average. But what happens when a star says something outrageously stupid? haven’t you set the precedent?

          • EaglePete

            Richard, all sports have a different precedent for star players. Just the way it is and dont expect that to change anytime soon. If there is value to be had, and top potential some owner/GM will always “take the chance” and forgive.

          • JamesDDl

            If they set that precedent, they will have a tough time fielding a team and it would be inconsistent with how other clear violations have been dealt with. They will probably let him sleep in the bed he made.

          • http://theadulttoysstore.com/ The Toy Goddess

            Don’t have to cut him. Just don’t have to have him be your #1 wideout either.

          • G_WallyHunter

            Well, I may be. and i just thought about that. Maybe we are… I think it’s just the way he said it, the context he said it in…. I dono… I agree with you tho maybe I am

          • Richard Colton

            its a tough call. way harder than “sconcegate ’13”

          • G_WallyHunter

            lmao ya it really is.. I mean me personally? I’ve lost all the respect I’ve had. I don’t care, you can see the passion and everything in it, its disgusting, but after reading his apology on his twitter, I really do feel bad I mean ppl use it every day and perpetuate it and here this guy gets caught once and it blows up… I feel bad for him but I don’t excuse him

          • NickS1

            Maybe, but maybe Ike is trying to help put out the fire given we just lost Maclin? The context is what makes it so awful. Unquestionable aggression toward a specific race is pretty hard to blow out of proportion in our society. We’ll have to wait and see what the team does.

          • G_WallyHunter

            Boom exactemon, context is what makes it so aweful, and wearing a damn cut off lumberjack? come on…

          • Richard Colton

            the outfit was almost as offensive

          • Dutch

            He looked like the Git R Done Guy on Crack. I thought he was one of the lost cast members from the movie Rosewood.

          • NickS1

            I don’t mind it since he wore it to a Chesney concert. You see him walking around South Philly in that and we’ll have an issue.

          • G_WallyHunter

            HAHAHAHA

          • Dutch

            Ike had better be careful his commercial interest doesn’t get entangled one way or another in the blowout of this.

  • Always Hopeful

    I don’t condone anyone using the N-word and I’m Black. There are differing views within the Black community about that word, but that’s another post for another forum.

    However, it’s in most hip-hop music that people of all colors sing along to. His statement is interesting, but I always wonder how many people who aren’t Black use that word in private anyway. He just happened to be caught.

    We all got some prejudice or racist in us anyway, honestly.

    • G_WallyHunter

      its the difference between the a and er to be honest, pretty stupid but that’s it…

      • Always Hopeful

        So if he said “Nigga” it would’ve been okay? I get the nuance, but I don’t think that would’ve been any better for him.

        • G_WallyHunter

          YES… that’s kinda what im saying lol if he put the A on the end instead of the ER, it would be much more minor AND teammates wouldn’t be nearly as offended… like I said, its pretty stupid lol

  • Brent E. Sulecki

    Cmon Coop. relax would ya. no need for that talk

  • #7

    Damn Coop. I was pulling for you too smh

  • JamesDDl

    As stupid as it was, I bet he was trying to be funny/sarcastic – based on the racial makeup of the concert fans.

    • G_WallyHunter

      it seemed pretty damn passionate and genuine… like how is he honestly supposed to walk into the locker room lol, love how Watkins gets in his face right away and tells him to stfu… CANUCK REPRESENT!!

      • John

        he did a lousy job of holding him back, Cooper slapped his hands away as he said “woah woah woah woah”. Sloppy technique from Watkins again!!

        It looks like he was talking to Kelce, at the time.

      • JamesDDl

        After looking at the video this morning, I agree. He was not trying to be funny.

        • G_WallyHunter

          oh hell no, he got caught big time. other NFL players will see it and ya it will motivate them lol, and I guarantee a few players will gladly take the 10,000/1 gm suspension to really knock him out…. we’ll see

    • Always Hopeful

      I don’t know the full context, but you make a very good point. Unfortunately, this will be overblown. Trust me, I don’t like anybody using the N-word, but it’s part of our popular culture that is on million dollar music recordings.

      Cooper will be made an example of, but people will still blast songs that have that word in it.

      It’s kind of funny that he’s caught saying that at a Kenny Chesney concert. Again, good point.

      • G_WallyHunter

        Why are you relating this to black people saying it in their own music?
        It’s a whole other story

        • Always Hopeful

          It’s really not. That term has a peculiar place in our culture. Young Black men can sell it to White people in recordings but you’re damned if you’re White and you use it in public. It’s part of our culture. Can you think of any other word that you can sing along to in private, but if you’re caught in public using it you are in trouble?

          • http://theadulttoysstore.com/ The Toy Goddess

            It’s not anywhere near the same thing. And you’re smart enough to know that. Now you’re just trolling.

          • G_WallyHunter

            Lol great point… but really its still context. If you saw me using it in a song lyric to Tupac ( a GOAT)… you would be MUCH less offended than if I told you what Riley said… That’s what I mean. I agree with you, but it’s still irrelevant to this because of the context. I mean sure, use of it in music perpetuates the use of the word, which is terrible, but that’s for another discussion.

          • Media Mike

            See You Next Tuesday is ok if you’re rappin’ some Easy-E if you’re driving, but you cannot say it to that women who is always speaking up at Friday afternoon meetings.

  • Chris

    What kills me here is the context in which he used the word. You obviously were being disrespectful and racist, no way to play this one off as “joking between friends” or any other excuse (not that there really IS a valid excuse, in my mind). Agree with another poster, interested to see what Kelly does here. I also would like to know how long ago this was. If anyone knows, let me know.

    • G_WallyHunter

      whenever the last Kenny Chesney concert was at the Linc.. I think in the last few months.. just saw June 8th oh look what I found… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bb5PtNbXH-A… this guy is pretty damn stupid.. like come on “Camera pointed in my face? Ok, looks like a great time to ruin my career”

      • Chris

        Ah wow, thanks. was wondering if this was some drunken college incident. I always try to give the benefit of the doubt but DAMN Riley, you’re an idiot.

        • G_WallyHunter

          Ya and here I am thinking it was going to be a quiet Eagles camp

  • Always Hopeful

    Would he be in trouble if he admitted to singing along with a Tupac song that used the N-word?

    • G_WallyHunter

      That doesn’t matter… thats a song and it’s a lyric. It’s called context. This guy just passionately yelled that he would kill them, then followed it up with another one… it showed passion and being genuine and that is the problem lol… a song lyric..

    • Chris

      i mean your point is valid in some cases but if you watch the video he’s clearly not joking and he seems very very spiteful. If he were singing along to a song that included the word, it’s not really a story. this is completely different.

  • Richard Colton

    A kenny chesney concert is about the last place in the Northeast you can get away with that kind of language, what a jerk. in his defense – A) he sounds drunk B) the fact the cops put up a barrier to seperate the kenny chesney fans from the “not kenny chesney fans” created an us-versus-them atmosphere.

    Not in his defense – A) he’s Reilly Cooper and he’s not that good B) look at what he’s wearing. it screams – “I’m from West Virginia”

    • usmcnole

      Actually…it’s screams “I’m a Florida Gator”

    • Phils Goodman

      West Virginia actually seceded from Virginia to fight for the Union in the Civil War, so there are probably some other states to kick dirt on before them.

  • Always Hopeful

    Yes, he is a public figure and professional athlete so the standard in this age is set very high. No one who is posting here has never used the N-word? I’m a Black man, and I don’t use the word, but I grew up saying it and singing along with it in hip hop songs. It’s a peculiar part of our culture that sells millions of music recordings (and Tarintino movies), but I’ll be damned if we catch white folks using it. We’re kind of crazy in America.

    • G_WallyHunter

      Look. People put them in their rap songs and that’s that. That’s a song lyric.
      This is someone yelling it out, passionately, and genuinely, about fighting them. This is COMPLETELY DIFFERENT, so can we please stop relating this incident to song lyrics, although song lyrics perpetuate the use of the word, and I don’t argue that, it is a completely different context and is completely irrelevant to someone yelling it like that

    • http://theadulttoysstore.com/ The Toy Goddess

      Seriously.

      Saying you’re black man does not negate the idiocy of your statement.

      He threatened to kill (insert N. word) here. That ain’t a “What’s up My N***a” – that’s some stone cold racist ish.

      • Guest

        Thank you lol trying to say that

      • Always Hopeful

        I’m not saying he’s right. I just see how this is going to get overblown. I don’t know the full context, but we seem to always go out on witch hunt when it’s always more complex than we make it.

        What if he is racist? Riley Cooper is a mediocre professional football player. He’ll be made and example of, but I’m not sure what the long term effect it will have.

        There will still be racists in the NFL.

        • G_WallyHunter

          I agree it will be overblown because of the context… and that’s that. If someone caught Riley walking the street and singing it in his favourite track, then it would be pretty minor, but just watching that video, its just bad… I hope it doesn’t get overblown and he can somehow mend his relationships with all of the people that he said he would fight

        • http://batman-news.com KobraKai7474

          With all due respect, Riley Cooper is not an 80-year-old man who “grew up in another era”. He knew exactly what he was saying and that some segment of the people he works with and works for would find it unacceptably offensive. He just didn’t expect it to be made public so he said it anyway. Oops!

      • Token

        But people want to have it both ways. You want to be able to use it as a cool slang term. But you also want to get offended when a white person uses it. Its just stupid. Its a word. Of all the things in life to worry about…..

    • Septhinox

      There is a slang word and there is a racial slur. People use the slang all the time. Cooper ‘s video isn’t one of those times.

      • http://batman-news.com KobraKai7474

        Here is a better idea: DON’T USE IT EVER! If you know it offends some people, why would you even get bogged down in whether you are using it as “slang” or as a “racial slur”? Just don’t say it. Problem solved.

        • bsn

          There are many words and ideas that offend people in this country. Just because something “offends someone” doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be spoken or thought. That’s not a good enough argument. I myself wouldn’t ever use that word but not for the fact that it might offend other people.

          • Warhound

            When someone says something that you find offensive you have the right to be offended; you don’t have any right to force others to care that you’re offended.

    • Pennguino

      So certain people can’t say a word based solely on the color of their skin. Got it. Fully understand.

  • Septhinox

    I was going to say something, but I’ll just smh and leave.

  • jabostick

    Brad Paisley and LL need to cut another track ASAP!

  • EaglePete

    hahaha. please god no

    • NickS1

      Nelly n McGraw?

  • Richard Colton

    to be fair, he said “fight” not “kill” and judging by the way he fights for open balls, nobody’s life was in any danger.

    • Chris

      well done, sir. two thumbs up.

    • UKEagle99

      There is a lighter side to every story, this ^ is that lighter side.

      If we take his words at face value… he wouldn’t have even got over the fence.

    • Dutch

      You are so wrong for that……………. that ish was halirious

    • Pennguino

      Bwahaha!

    • Kash Dymé

      You mean Riley isn’t going to be our big red zone TD threat this year again?

  • EaglePete

    he said he would “fight”, why are you saying “kill”, thats a bit over board speaking of overblown. Not that I want to defend this clown for anything regardless

    • G_WallyHunter

      I just noticed this, excuse me, I edited lol. thanks… Ya I’m just feeding into the overblown with that mistake

  • http://batman-news.com KobraKai7474

    This is a case where they should leave it to the team (i.e. the players) to mete out punishment. In the end, it is the guys in the locker room who know Cooper the best and who can decide if this truly was a moment of stupidity that, while moronic, is still forgiveable or if it was indicative of deeper issues that simply can’t be overlooked.
    Regardless… and assuming this isn’t career ending… you can expect Riley Cooper to have a bit of a bullseye on him for the rest of his playing days. Yes, I know that, in theory, an NFL player should never need added motivation to go out on Sunday and play their best, but, if I am a defensive player playing the Eagles, I make sure that tape gets played in the locker room a few times to remind everybody how this guy thinks… and if that fires a few guys up, well so much the better.

  • Scott J610

    Every year this team has a distraction that lasts through the season. From Vick, to Dream Team, now this. The national scribes will have a field day with this.

  • Mr. Wu

    I figured he was just usimg the word like he was referring to an y “guy” but he just said he was directing it at a black security guard. No diguising that. Cooper will be cut.

    • Jim

      So I assume you have never used a racial slur in anger? People need to grow some balls and some thicker skin in this country. We’re not gonna last long with all these sensitive fruits running all over the place.

  • Scott J610

    I get a kick out of people when they say “they’re not like that”, “they’re not the kind of person to say something like that”, blah, blah, blah. Yet, there they are saying it.

  • Media Mike

    Are we also missing that we need to rip Cooper, and teammates, for having the poor taste to be at a Kenny Chesney concert to begin with? Brutal. Go see something decent in the summer like Buffett, not some poser imitator who has ripped off Buffett’s act.

  • therealpistolp

    Racist mofo… He used the ger emphasis too… If it was ga he could of passed it off as slang to a greneral crowd but the ger is pure hate.. But wait… Black ppl don’t go to Kenny chesney concerts

    • Warhound

      People are allowed to hate. You, apparently, hate people who use language that offends you.

      • therealpistolp

        I don’t hate anybody or find it offensive lol.. It’s funny to me that he was that stupid.. His stupidity/ignorance has no affect on me..

  • Absecon

    Dumb ass underachiever, cut him….

  • G_WallyHunter

    “We are shocked and appalled by Riley Cooper’s
    words,” Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement released by the
    team. “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.“

  • Ascher Levy

    Things seem to be going from bad to worse in camp.Macklin, Phillips, Peters, now this. Frustrating. COoper is not worth the distraaction this will cause. Cut him. Time to troll in free agency for a #2 receiver.

    • G_WallyHunter

      “We are shocked and appalled by Riley Cooper’s
      words,” Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement released by the
      team. “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.“

  • Trayon

    Sorry he got caught!

  • G_WallyHunter

    thanks for the marvelous coverage of this Sheil and Tim… as always. Should we even recognize this anymore? Is there even a point?

  • James Scott

    Listen everybody and listen good the so call N-Word is a very hurtful word for a lot of people, but the real deal is if you out there partying like I know people do, some things get said in the heat of the moment for one I know there’s a lot of N_ _ _ _ _ _ out there talking nothing but S_ _ _ right now, and they say this word all the time. So why should we be offended by this word are you a hypocrite, I would say yes, we accepted this word in our communities so stop your B_ _ _ _ _ _ _ get over it. Until we stop using the word on ourselves then we have nothing to complain about, but knowing how we are because I’m african – american believe me we will b_ _ _ _. This is who we are and you know this.

  • James Scott

    I just looked at the video was he referring to the security people if so he does have a problem. Especially if they were all black; somebody should clothesline his A_ _ in practice maybe he will have a little more respect for african-americans in the future.

    • Warhound

      Sooo, if someone use a word that you don’t like it justifies a physical assault? And, the way for black people to gain respect is through physical intimidation rather than through the use of their intelligence?

  • Token

    Who cares?

    People really have to get over this word. How many generations are we going to go on acting as if saying it is the worst thing a person can do. Black people go around calling each other it all the time, glorifying it even. I find the fact that this type of thing is a national news story ridiculous, given the other actual news they should be informing people about.

    The thing here thats wrong is that hes even in this situation. What a idiot. Drunk at a public concert when you are in the public eye. Ill never understand why these guys do the things they do.

    • therealpistolp

      It’s the context… And the emphasis… That’s the difference.. Not saying its right but not as cut and dry as u make it seem… Nice try though

  • therealpistolp

    He should have to fight every black person in his locker room before being allowed back on the team… And cut his shag… And refrain from wearing shirts with cut off sleeves… Eff it jus cut him.. 6-4 bum anyway

  • UKEagle99

    I think the first time Coop lines up as the X receiver then Jason Peters will get a 10 yard penalty for an illegal block in the back.

  • PhEaglesPhan

    I didn’t like him as a receiver and now I certainly don’t like him as a man. There is no need for this.

    And all these news reports need to stop putting “N-word” in their report titles. It doesn’t matter which word was used, we should not be basing the severity of the slur on which race he was ignorantly offending. It’s like a rapid slew of “Riley Cooper used the N-word” news articles on Google

    • Bill

      It’s an important part of the story. If a black player calls a white man a cracker or honkey it isn’t news worthy. Riley Cooper needs to check his white privilege.

  • Guest

    A Black Guy from Philly Hilarious Response to Riley Cooper:

  • Token

    He should have been cut today. Not because of that word, but because of the stupidity and circus this will create.

    Chip has to show this isnt the lackadaisical Reid era anymore where inmates run the asylum. There will be punishment for being a moron. But looks like just a fine. IMO, the Kelly era is not off to a great start this offseason. Im just not impressed with how he has handled just about every decision thus far.

    Most will view these things as small and insignificant. I just dont see it that way. Basically I dont think Chip has a grip on this squad like I hoped he would. He seems far too easy going to workout here. Maybe if this team was just coached by someone other than Reid his methods might work. But many on the team have seem this type of coaching before.

    • Bill

      If you cut everyone in the NFL who used a racial slur in their life there wouldn’t be a league. People need to stop whining and grow up.

      • Token

        Well, yea I agree about the slur. But the point is you still have a guy out there being a drunk idiot in public that represents your team. At some point Kelly has to show he has some sort of limits. He has to show he expects a certain standard on and off the field.

  • #NotGlfnyet

    The fact is that all races use derogatory words that within eir ethnicity in a light hearted manner. However, those that are not of their ethnicity basically can’t use those words. Sad but true

  • David

    Amazing how many people are trying to rationalize his comments. He wasn’t singing a hip-hop song, or casually chatting with his black friends who are comfortable with his using charged language—he used the word emphatically, repeatedly, THREATENINGLY, to a black stranger. Doesn’t get much worse. Only one interpretation of this: he’s a horrible racist who doesn’t deserve these stupid attempts to give him the benefit of the doubt.

  • William

    I didn’t see the video but non-black people should never use that word. Blacks shouldn’t use it either. When I hear it I cringe but although I don’t totally agree, black people get a pass. It is kind of like I can hit my brother but if you hit him we are both gonna kick your butt. I sort of feel bad for Riley because you know the black players are going to look at him differently at least for a while. The problem with this is you can’t use the, ” I was drinking excuse” alcohol has a way of lowering you inhibitions and making you more truthful. Truth serum, liquid courage. We know there is a undercurrent of racism in this country on both sides, him saying this just makes you go …..mmmmmm, slant the eye and wonder about him just a little bit .

  • Dutch

    I don’t condon vile and anti social rhetoric…… but judging by the fact Cooper still has all of his teeth in his head, it’s doubtful he said what he did within earshot of the bouncer.

    Worse beating I’d ever seen down at Veteran’s Stadium. Drunk white guy screaming Ni**e* at a black guy with his kid.

  • Dutch

    This ship has sailed. Overblown sound rather matter of factly. Sounds like people everywhere were offended, Blk, Wht and everything in between.

    The Eagles got a problem so long as this kid stay in their employ. Perception is everything to an Organization it’s associates and commercial partners. The Brand is in jeopardy.

    Within 15 minutes after that video surfaced this afternoon, Riley Cooper was Trending…… Civil Rights Advocates were tweeting comments from all corners of the United States. Under no circumstance can you have your employees insult and offend your customers.

  • bsn

    So when Lil Wayne or Rick Ross are talking about beating up/killing a ____ it’s ok just because its a song???

    • G_WallyHunter

      not saying its ok, like I said it perpetuates the use of the word, but just saying it’s completely different and obviously Lil Wayne or RR don’t intend on actually going and beating them up because it is their music, Riley did

  • Dutch

    Where does that leave the people who care less about the Eagles or football but are offended. In Philly, this isn’t so simple, causal or forgiving. The Eagles play in a Publicly owned facility, Cooper has a space in that facility. Some people across racial lines are outraged. We are going to have to see what happens in the next 24 hours that may take the attention off his blunder. Phila is home to rabble rousers and this may be a milkable situation.

  • AngryLib

    This man was clearly thinking un-PC thoughts and must be made an example of!! We will not tolerate intolerance! Someone’s feelings may have been indirectly hurt by this!!

    Get Obama on the phone and let him know one of his sons has been abused!

  • AngryLib

    This man has committed the cardinal sin of the western world. He has obviously been thinking politically incorrect thoughts and must be made to atone!!

    Feelings have been hurt and they cannot be unhurt!!

  • AngryLib

    Exactly. This guy should lose his job. Someone’s feelings may have been hurt and that is unacceptable in America.

    • Rufus

      Yeah, anyone who says something that may hurt someone’s feelings should lose their job. That’s your idea of America?

      • Andy124

        I think your sarcasm meter may need some tuning.

    • G_WallyHunter

      Ya when you’re that stupid it’s worth considering because it speaks to a hell of a lot more than just one incident

  • AngryLib

    No this is America and you have to take others’ feelings into account. You can’t say those things here. We have laws for this sort of thing. it’s called a HATE CRIME.

    • Rufus

      What exactly was the criminal act and what is the penalty , from a legal standpoint?

    • bsn

      You’re right, it is America, where people have the freedom of speech. I’m not talking about just this word. If something, anything, offends someone it’s not anyone else’s job to coddle them. Evolution offends a ton of people, I’m not going to avoid talking about it though just because someone doesn’t like it. My point was you have to have a legitimate reason to not say something. It being offensive to other people isn’t really a legit reason.

    • Warhound

      Hate crime – the concept is disgusting!

  • mike smoot

    I know what cooper said was awful and racist but under what grounds does lurie or the nfl for that matter have to fine cooper. At very best its raping his freedom of speech rights. Its one thing if it is at training camp or in a game but this was his personal private life. What right did that person have to videotape him with audio nonetheless without his consent and then sell it or post it to the internet. What he said was unfortunate but the loss of freedom of speech and the fear of repercussion is also sad and unfortunate.

    • Jim

      This is america and people need to learn that you can’t say those things in this country. This is a country of tolerance and acceptance for all people. Except white racists.

    • Eagles4Life

      Another lesson: the “n word” is classified, legally speaking, as “fighting words” and “unprotected speech.” Therefore, there is no freedom of speech or 1st Amendment right to it.

    • Phils Goodman

      Any punishment the League or the Eagles dole out has absolutely nothing to do with the 1st Amendment (“Congress shall make no law…” The key word there is CONGRESS).

  • BDAWKS

    I’m not saying it cool or okay to be racist but come on just like Paula Dean we have all at some point said it and I’m sure not saying it’smeant in a racial manor

  • BDAWKS

    Any race can be racist. It’s anytime yousegragate one race fromaanother you are creating racism

    • Eagles4Life

      Incorrect, my man. I would encourage you to read on it. Segregation by choice in and of itself is not racism. If it’s forced, that’s another thing, but again, only the people/race that has the POWER has the means to do that.

  • Andy124

    My wife has said worse to me when she wasn’t even drunk…

  • Warhound

    Racism occurs when one is trying to advance one group at the expense of all others or trying to keep one particular group down through differing treatment. Most people do not know the difference between racism and bias. If I say that green people are inherently more criminal than orange and purple people that would be biased; if I said that, therefore, they should be subject to different treatment by the legal system: that would be racism.

    • Andy124

      The only green person I know slept with Captain James Tiberius Kirk.

      • Warhound

        Ha ha ha…..

  • agreed

    I think Cooper is a fool who was an angry drunk shooting his mouth off
    with insults. If there wasn’t an easily identifiable insult I’m sure he
    would have used fa***t and opened up a different can of worms.

  • Warhound

    Yeah – a different group up in arms.

  • BDAWKS

    Anyone can be racist whether your race is in position of power or not is it racist when Chris rock calls white people crackers? Why can you have te national negro college found but not a college found fu 

    • Eagles4Life

      Racism itself includes the element of power. Chris Rock, at the end of the day, is still part of the black population. When he calls white people “crackers” he is making a racial joke. There’s a reason why the “n word” is not protected speech under the 1st amendment, and “cracker” is not.

      • Warhound

        I think all speech should be protected. We don’t need an amendment to protect “have a nice day” we need an amendment to protect hateful and unpleasant speech. Hate crime laws disgust me, what next thought crimes? Does anyone read “1984” anymore? If someone whacks me over the head with a shovel I don’t care what they yell out as they do it.

      • Andy124

        “Racism itself includes the element of power.”

        In case anybody was wondering, as worded, the above is completely false. It may include the exertion of power, but it can be as simple as a belief:

        a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior

        • Eagles4Life

          Lol if you would like to argue that, I’d love to take it up with you and your Webster’s definition. “The idea that one’s own race is superior”…let’s start there. How does one arrive at that belief? Are we going with a hard and fast rule that you can just come up with that in your head or does there need to be some foundational support for it?

          • Andy124

            Say what now?

            You’re trying to lecture others on what the word racism really means. When provided with one actual definition, you want to debate it?

            Your questions don’t even contradict the definition. They’re purely tangential and irrelevant.

            The point you were trying to make, at least 3 different times, that has been clearly refuted, is that you must have societal power in order to be guilty of racism. Not only is this incorrect, and frankly, embarrassing to have stated publicly, by definition, the notion that African Americans have no societal power and therefore, by your ridiculous definition cannot commit racism has already been successfully rebutted by others.

          • Eagles4Life

            LOL…so Webster’s is the only source as it pertains to a definition/explanation? Your idiocy is comical. Furthermore, I am asking you to further explain a piece of the definition you yourself used and you cannot do it.

            As for your last assertion, at no time did I say that blacks have no societal power. You lack of grasp on what racism is was definitely exhibited through this misinterpretation. There’s a clear and marked difference between the societal power held by whites and blacks. Period.

          • Andy124

            lol
            Sorry, i didn’t recognize that your definition of racism is more valid that the actual definition. I’m such an idiot.

          • Eagles4Life

            Every word in the dictionary has a definition. That doesn’t end the study, definition, or meaning of a word. If anything, it’s a simplistic baseline. Have you ever heard of books, encyclopedias, etc.? Lol. Common sense ain’t common.

          • Andy124

            You’re freaking hilarious. Words evolve over time, true. In this day of instant communication and online access to information, publicized definitions can finally keep up with common use of the word as well as the traditional definition. Check Urban dictionary or Wikipedia, your 3rd grade teacher or common sense. Racism needs be no more than a belief of racial inequality.

            Your repeated, on record statements that you cannot be guilty of racism unless you control the “vast amount of power in a society” (as poorly defined as that is) is so completely wrong, and has been thoroughly proven as such, that your clinging to it is rather sad.

          • Eagles4Life

            Still no answer to my question and still no “proof” of what I’ve said as being incorrect. You’re tap dancing better than Gregory Hines, my friend lol

          • Andy124

            I provided you with proof and directed you to multiple other sources of proof. Your failure to accept them does not represent additional burden of proof on my part. It merely represents your failure to accept reality. You should hang out with Adam “I reject your reality and substitute my own” Savage.

            And your question was irrelevant. How does one come up with the belief that one’s race is superior? The same way all things are learned. It’s either taught or derived independently.

            Perhaps you should ask yourself where you learned your definition of racism.

          • Eagles4Life

            Urban Dictionary and Wikipedia are your sources? LMAO. Yeah, we’re in two different realms right now. Maybe you should visit a library, Andy.

          • Eagles4Life

            I’ll give you some titles to check out that I read while in undergrad and law school. Go check out “Race, Racism, & American Law,” “When Affirmative Action Was White,” and “Racism Without Racists: Color-blind Racism And Inequality in the United States.” Feel free to educate yourself.

    • Warhound

      Chris saying crackers? eh…. Just funny. (The late, great Patrice O’Neal used the term “them crazy crackers in the hills” to describe a particular segment of white society: the phrase was (is) evocative but not really offensive because it wasn’t offensive in his mind. He went on to say that he had been brought up to believe that white, rural gun-nuts wanted a large arsenal to eventually wipe out black folks: then he learned that they just feared and mistrusted governmental power.) The NAACP, the NNCF? Maybe their racist…..

      • Eagles4Life

        LOL I’m assuming by WET meaning White Entertainment Television? I’m going to assume you know what all the people look like that own and run CBS, Fox, etc.

      • Warhound

        To be fair we had a NAAWhiteP at one time. We just called it the government ;)

  • Eagles4Life

    What you’re describing is an overt act by a group in a single neighborhood in the “wrong part of town.” Where in that hypothetical is there an outward demonstration made that exhibits power outside of their own confines??? By and large, they nonetheless don’t have the faculty to exert any type of political, economic, or social power.

    • Warhound

      1) The fact that people in the media, on a stage, etc are fearful of using certain words I think may prove you wrong. 2) The group in that neighborhood doesn’t paint everyone of their group as racist but it’s certainly a racist act. Isn’t it?

      • Eagles4Life

        Who exactly are you referring to in #1? If you are talking about people using the “n word,” the means by which that the word has become taboo was through a decision of the majority. Do you think black people enjoyed not having the same access that whites did until 1965? lol 2) Like I have been saying, it’s a prejudice act, not racism. There is a difference.

        • Warhound

          Re 1: you have a point – white people are a large part of this.
          Re 2: Prejudging is one thing, a racially motivated assault is another (which I think we can all agree is unacceptable).
          Re pre 1965: No, of course not!

  • Warhound

    Correct! Self segregation is evidence of a bias.

    • Eagles4Life

      Correct…and bias = prejudice. Not racism.

      • Warhound

        I’m think that their is a subtle difference but can’t quite identify it.

  • Warhound

    ? Are racially motivated assaults an example of racism?

  • aub32

    It’s different. He’s a comedian. Louis CK says the N word. The context is completely different.

    • Kash Dymé

      Neat?

  • Explorer51

    Of course, you will have an opinion on what Cooper said but please don’t show your ignorance by claiming “freedom of speech.” The First Amendment protects freedom of expression which, of course, includes speech but this right allows individuals to express themselves without interference or constraint by the government…it has nothing to do with someone angrily and stupidly saying something that’s hateful and hurtful. Which, btw, is enough of a reason in a civil society to not say or do something…particularly when many of your co-workers, as well as the public, will take offense. And to the yahoos who claim that “it’s not a big deal if someone is offended” I’m sure that if an individual made angry, ugly remarks about you or your family you would think differently. Another btw, words like this have been characterized as “fighting words” in a legal sense and this category is also not protected by the First Amendment. You can Google this if you’re interested.

  • Kash Dymé

    You mean the “C” word?

  • G_WallyHunter

    I’ve been trying to stop it lol

  • Always Hopeful

    I’m really not trolling. I haven’t seen the video of the incident, so I may feel differently about if I saw it. What I’m trying to do is bring it wider than Mr. Cooper. It’s 2013 but we still live in America as KRS-One said years ago “land of the thief, home of the slave”. As Americans of different hues, we have post traumatic stress disorder when it comes to race. We got some deep wounds that we don’t know how to heal. Riley Cooper is a result of those wounds. Forgive me for just trying to have us think about this a little differently.

  • G_WallyHunter

    go search Riley Cooper Kenny Chesney on Youtube.. hey no need for forgiveness, that’s what this blog is for. I hope you’re right and it is just being way overblown… because I agree people use it every day way too often, this guy gets caught using it once and looking very passionate while doing so (I’m sure he was joking, the video was probably of an entire conversation and we just see that part) and it blows up.. hopefully it settles

  • KobraKai7474

    Maybe, but it is not Ike Reese’s decision to make. It is the guys in the locker room who have to go to war with Riley Cooper who need to decide. It may well be that his teammates… white and black… know Riley Cooper well enough to say, “this is a good man who did a stupid thing and I forgive him”, and, if that is the case, I am fine with it and am willing to close the book on it. However, maybe, just maybe, the rest of the Eagles know a Riley Cooper that we don’t and maybe that Riley Cooper is a lot like the moron who yelled the N-word at a concert.

  • UKEagle99

    I’ll double Marcus Vicks bounty if it’s one of our safties, been a while since our secondary had teeth.

  • Dutch

    When Rush Limbaugh was associated with CBS and the NFL and he made those remarks about McNabb how fast they cut ties with him is the precedent. Jimmy the Greek is another example of chatting up unacceptable rhetoric. Cooper isn’t the first nor will he be the last, but the precedent on how to move forward has been set and that’s cutting ties with the individual who chose unfortunate rhetoric to express themselves. In the NBA, Time Hardaway was another who buried himself with his mouth and what came out of it in talking about Gays.

    Brain farts that result in racial epithets is an equal opportunity career terminator.

  • Dutch

    That’s not true, racial epithets are unacceptable in the workplace, or for public figures useage. The Eagles issued a strong statement condemning Riley’s choice of words and conduct. The NBA and NFL have immediately cut off any association with individuals who in the past have breached their inclusion policy and threaten their professional environment with hostile & offensive rhetoric.

  • G_WallyHunter

    Great point, agreed. Do the teammates just brush it off because they know him well enough? or does it confirm their suspicions that he’s already a D-bag racist?
    We will wait and see

  • G_WallyHunter

    lol good post.. I don’t want to flare this up either, but I’m just saying. You’re right, it would still be the same, but an a would have definitely been less severe so to speak. Ya good points, I agree, it makes it that much worse he was directing it and pointing like that, just terrible. The “hard R” kinda just puts the cherry on top. I ain’t saying it would have been OK!!.. just that it would have been much less severe… whatever. What makes it that much worse is he stares into the phone camera as he says it pretty much… like he clearly saw a camera getting pointed at him… just pure stupidity.
    I feel terrible for the guy, was really rooting for him this year, never had him pegged as a racist, now I hope he gets cut lol…

    I’m just thinking, if he gets cut, the eagles would potentially have the worst set of WRs in the league, take out Desean from the group, and it’s definitely the worst group, worse than Oakland and NYJ… disregard this because he isn’t getting cut…

  • G_WallyHunter

    looks like they’ve fined him…. now its time for him to start mending

  • G_WallyHunter

    Ya I was just thinking that… If his absence is what makes the squad “bad” then it’s not very good in the first place lol…
    Really banking on CK making diamonds out of dust like what he’s famous for…. get Shepard and Benn going and contributing..

  • Richard Colton

    good points as usual illadelph. as for the opposite viewpoint from Ike, did you happen to catch Marcus Vick’s comment?

    “Hey I’m putting a bounty on Riley’s head. 1k to the first Free Safety or Strong safety that light his ass up!” – Marcus Vick

  • UKEagle99

    I’m sure CK was like “I don’t remember having Absinthe put in your post workout shake”.

  • Dutch

    I saw a kid in Cancun singing the term in some song. I’m never comfortable with hearing the phase. This kid was overboard with slinging the term in Mexico. The Federalies heard him repeating the term in the chorus. They became offended maybe because they notices some African Americans near by, those Mexican police officers 6 of them, beat the snot out of that kid and a could of his friends. I seen that kid no more over the 4 days I was at that resort.

    Everybody who respects dignity, decency and civil communications is offended by the term under any condition and find it rude and unacceptable.

  • Dutch

    I’ve heard Damaris described as “Uncoverable” in this camp. Damaris is making noise and creating waves down at Novacare, as is Polk. Polk is getting second team reps and Brown is running with the third team.

  • AngryLib

    Exactly. Freedom of speech only applies if you don’t offend gays or minorities.

  • Bill

    We could definitely use another manlet at receiver. How can they cover what they can’t see?!

  • Eagles4Life

    Quick lesson: black people as a whole cannot be “racist.” Racism itself is a byproduct of a majority (and in very few cases minority) that possesses a vast amount of power in a particular society. I could go over numbers in politics, education, business, and wealth, but I don’t think it’s necessary here. Blacks, however, can be prejudice.

  • Warhound

    That’s biased – not racist.

  • Phils Goodman

    That’s why Kobe Bryant was terminated by the Lakers last year, right?

  • JamesDDl

    What’s not true? My comment includes 3 different points.

  • Warhound

    Power isn’t just in the majority. Racism of black people has less impact in this country, due to less power, but it certainly exists. Their are many cases of white people being assaulted by black people while being told that they are “in the wrong part of town”. That’s using the power of physical violence to restrict anothers behavior.

  • agreed

    I’ve always found the different shades of meaning in words interesting. Racist, bigot and prejudiced are all used popularly as synonyms but each have a very different meaning. One of the reasons it’s hard to have discussions. People don’t have a common language.

  • Eagles4Life

    And how do those people usually end up lol? They certainly don’t have the means or power to prevent the punishment that comes after such an act.

  • Warhound

    Failed racism would still be racist. And, even if the thugs involved are caught and prosecuted they still sent a terroristic message that will influence others behavior.

  • Eagles4Life

    Ok, so you want to talk about the LA Four. They were a part of the 1992 LA riots. Do you know why those riots took place?

  • Eagles4Life

    We can argue facts surrounding the case all you want, but the end result was Rodney King being battered excessively. All of them were acquitted. The LA Four served time. I don’t justify or condone beating innocent people in any way. What they did was wrong attacking Reginald Denny. Rioting, however, I think is a part of any society and is a means for the public to show their disdain. I mean, when you look at Greece and France as of late, riots have been used as expression for political and economic reasons. Hell, even the great U S of A had riots in its early beginnings (see: Boston Tea Party).

  • Warhound

    Yeah, I guess you’re right. Or maybe it’s a reasonable bias?

  • Warhound

    If Marino said it and was fired, while Williams said what he said and wasn’t fired: that would be racist.

  • Andy124

    Urban Dictionary and Wikipedia are sources I thought you might prefer, since you are so desperate to reject the actual definition of the word.

    Do you realize that you are on the internet, and any credentials you claim to have carry no weight? You have no credibility beyond the words you type eagleeye, and I gotta tell you, you’re not doing so hot when you claim that something as extreme as believing in the innate superiority of someone’s race does not constitute racism.

  • Eagles4Life

    Dude, WHERE did anything that anybody said on here provide you with an inkling of an idea when they were referencing blacks that black people had the belief that their race was superior? I’ll wait. You’re throwing out a definition, but not connecting it to any of the arguments made. Show me where what was described on this thread exhibited any illustration of blacks thinking of themselves as superior. Actually, go back through it and show yourself. What you’re offering up makes no sense. If you can’t connect the definition to the statements made that you’re supposedly citing as “proof,” then you have no argument at all.

    Check out the reading list I sent you and read, man. Just read. Smh. You really need to gain more knowledge on the topic.

  • Andy124

    “Quick lesson: black people as a whole cannot be “racist.””
    Do you see your own words. You know, where you used the word “cannot”.

  • Warhound

    “…you’re not doing so hot when you claim that something as extreme as believing in the innate superiority of your race does not constitute racism.” I think he meant that you’re not doing so hot when you claim that…superiority of SOMEONES race does not…” Misunderstood pro-noun.

  • Eagles4Life

    Because there is more attached to racism than simply “the belief.” What point are you even trying to make right now? This is what I have said from the beginning.

  • Andy124

    lol, edited my post to match.

  • Eagles4Life

    Good catch lol. The syntax of that threw me off. At any rate, my last comment to him still stands.

  • Eagles4Life

    The focus of my commentary was solely based on the dynamics of the US

  • Warhound

    Not just in Sub-Saharan Africa. Look into the history of the Balkans. Look at the Mid-East today. In places where long term colonial (British, French, Dutch) or imperial (Turkish) rule ended in the 19th and 20th centuries things are a mess. OK, you did say “most of Europe”. In these cases racism is a big part of the problem as is religious intolerance.

  • Eagles4Life

    I’m not saying that blacks are sitting on nil in regard to society power, but the dynamics of the US themselves do not lend themselves to black people being to be have feelings of racial superiority and being able to outwardly exert or show power through those feelings.

    First, it’s worth examining the types of racism to which black people here have been subjected. Of course the big one was slavery, then you had de facto and de jure segregation, economic discrimination, “institutional” racism, and the court/justice system. If you look at segregation, there’s been a shift in how that’s being translated today. No, we don’t have “whites only” signs nowadays, but the history of segregation has vastly kept those forcibly made “black neighborhoods” from way back still black. Now, we see school districts zoned to keep those areas from intermingling with others. With economic racism, the numbers and research are out there as far as people of color being employed with equal qualifications for lower salaries. Drug offenses typically committed by blacks and mandatory minimums attached to them…the laundry list goes on and on. I don’t need to or have the time to attempt to list out every little thing. The point is that all of those different pieces small and large were constructed, and are still something that blacks are subject to today, regardless of how nuanced they may be. Blacks are subject to it and operate within that structure. And as much as blacks may appear to act in defiance of or opposition to it, it is known that it exists. That simple fact deflates any “racist” tendency or notion that a black person could feel inside, because they do not possess more power than the system to which they are subject. They can be prejudice and act against a race or races in that society, but their quote unquote racism doesn’t have the teeth it needs to be a true racism because it is well known that they are not at the top of the totem pole.

  • James Scott

    Don’t get me wrong I really don’t condone to violence but football is a violent sport. If you read my previous post; players will be offended no doubt all the apologies in the world won’t change what he said, he might as well talked about your mother which usually results in a punch in the mouth.