Roger Goodell Discusses Cooper Situation

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell appeared on ESPN radio Thursday morning to discuss Riley Cooper’s racial comments and the Eagles’ handling of the situation.

From PFT:

During an appearance with Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic on ESPN Radio, Goodell said that Cooper’s words were offensive and unacceptable and that he was glad that the Eagles disciplined Cooper with both a fine and “training” designed to address the situation. He also explained why the league would not be adding any further punishment to the plate.

“We do not penalize at the club level and league level for same incident,” Goodell said. “We will not be taking action separately from the club.”

“There cannot be discipline imposed for something by both a team and the league,” according to NFL spokesman Greg Aiello.

The Eagles did consult with the league before handing down punishment. Cooper did not say how much he has been fined, only that it was “a good amount of money.”


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  • Rocky

    Dear all pro athletes ( excluding MLB ) all curse words will be meet by putting money in a jar! BFD

  • jacob

    37,000 for saying a word? That’s close to what many Americans take home in a year. There was no penalty when it was “only a fight” but now that it involves the only word that’s left that people aren’t allowed to say, now the opinion is that he should be released, or hit illegally everytime he’s on the field? If that isn’t over reaction to a word spoken here in the land of the free, I don’t know what is.

    • knighn

      You absolutely have “freedom of speech” in the Good ‘Ol USA. What you do NOT have is the freedom of consequence. If you are a TV (or Radio) reporter and you let off a stream of profanities on live TV (or Radio) you will certainly be subject to disciplinary action or termination. If you are the employee of any company in the U.S. and you speak disparagingly about your company to the public, guess what: you’re probably going to get fired. If you are a News outlet of any kind and you print false and damaging information about any person or business, you may be subject to a lawsuit for libel or defamation. Just because you can say whatever you want doesn’t mean you should say whatever you want and it defintely DOES NOT mean that you will be free of any consequences! Don’t believe me? Go ahead and tell your wife/girlfriend that she’s looking a little chunky and then try to claim “Freedom of Speech”.

      The appropriate NFL / Eagles reaction? I do think Cooper should be suspended for at least a couple of games. As for the appropriate reaction from the opposing defensive players doing the hitting? That’s up to the hitters to decide and I’m fairly certain that Marcus Vick’s hollow $1000 promise is going to have little to no effect on their actions.

    • Phifer Fuqua

      If you believe that’s only a word, you weren’t paying attention in history class.

    • theycallmerob

      See, that’s one of the issues these days…people use the 1st amendment as a defense for vitriol, hatred, bigotry, and ignorance. Sorry, but some words are more than just letters- there use, and the emotion behind them, make it a serious issue.

    • jabostick

      Didnt Roy Hibbert get $75k for saying fa**ot?

  • JamesDDl

    Of course the word is offensive, but the bigger issue here is his conduct and attitude. Drunk in public, acting like a jerk throughout the evening, the star/pro athlete sense of entitlement/superiority. He may not be racist but he sure doesn’t seem like anyone I would want to be around.