A video of Riley Cooper using a racial slur at a Kenny Chesney concert has gone viral.
Earlier today, CrossingBroad.com posted a video of an agitated Cooper yelling, "I will jump that fence and fight every (N-word) here, bro." It appears that teammate Jason Kelce was trying to calm Cooper down in the video. Obviously, this is not good for anybody.
From a football standpoint, Cooper was viewed as Jeremy Maclin's most logical replacement after Maclin was lost for the season with a torn ACL. In fact, Nick Foles referenced exactly that in his post-practice press conference. "I think Riley Cooper is stepping into a role," Foles said. "He's out there playing for (Maclin)."
Shortly after the video surfaced, Cooper took to Twitter to issue the following apology:
Cooper also released the following apology through the team:
"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."
Cooper apologized via a press conference at the NovaCare Complex. Check out the video:
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said the team is "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."
The NFL released the following statement on the issue: "The NFL stands for diversity and inclusion. Comments like this are wrong, offensive, and unacceptable."