How Do You Feel About Philadelphia Eagles Wide Receiver Riley Cooper Now? [POLL]
There are usually two instances when a person really tells the truth. When they’re drinking, or when they’re angry. For Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper, both those things happened at a Kenny Chesney concert earlier this summer and his true feelings came out.
Prior to joining Chesney, several Eagles teammates and Chip Kelly on stage for the song The Boys of Fall, Cooper was with friends and Jason Kelce in a semi-private area near the stage. Cooper was caught on a video where you can see Kelce and others attempting to calm an agitated Cooper down just before he points in the direction of the crowd (and camera) and says, as best as we can tell: “I will jump that fence and fight every n-------here, bro.”
Since then, Cooper has apologized, both on Twitter and to the media for over an hour. Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie has fined Cooper and issued a statement saying “We are shocked and appalled by Riley Cooper’s words. 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.”, An NFL spokesperson tells Pro Football talk “The NFL stands for diversity and inclusion. Comments like this are wrong, offensive, and unacceptable.”
The Eagles are also reportedly going to put Cooper through sensitivity training.
Teammate Michael Vick accepts Coopers apology saying “Riley came to us as a man and apologized for what he did,” Vick said. “As a team, we understood because we all make mistakes in life and we all do and say things that maybe we do mean or we don’t mean. But as a teammate, I forgave him. As a team, we forgave him. We understand the magnitude of the situation. We understand that a lot of people may be hurt and offended, but I know Riley Cooper. I know him as a man. I’ve been with him for the last three years and I know what type of person he is. And that’s what makes it easy, at the same time hard, to understand the situation, but easy to forgive him. I forgave him.”
Vick’s brother Marcus, on the other hand is not so forgiving, with profanity-laced tweets, including one offering a $1,000 bounty for any player who lays Cooper out in a game. Marcus Vick later deleted all the tweets.
Even Kenny Chesney himself has weighed in on the incident. Chesney reached out to ESPN senior writer LZ Granderson about the incident and said: "All I do is get off my bus and try to give the fans all the heart and passion I got. That's where it starts and stops; that's all I think about.
"I'm as shocked as anyone to see the video of Riley Cooper that's started circulating on the internet. I don't believe in discrimination in any form, and I think using language like that is not only unacceptable, it is hateful beyond words," Chesney told Granderson.
"I don't know everything about every player who comes to our shows. We invite the teams in the places where we play, and I've found the guys from the NFL are some of the most inspiring people I meet all year. They give back to their communities, work with children, hospitals and various charities, as well as raising awesome families.
"To judge an entire audience by one loud mouth isn't fair ... not to the NFL, not to the city of Philadelphia and that awesome crowd, not to my band and crew and certainly not to me, who believes music is about bringing people together for friendship and forgetting about the things in life that bring you down. The music I make is about living life, loving life and loving everybody -- no matter who they are. That's how I was raised, and what someone else does or says doesn't reflect who I am or what my fans stand for."
In the end, regardless of what anyone says, this is how Cooper feels, otherwise he wouldn’t have said it. If everyone is so sorry, then why wasn’t this handled when it happened and not after it came out in the press? Is EVERYONE really just finding out about this now? How does this effect your feelings about Cooper? Should he remain a Philadelphia Eagle? Take our poll below.