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The Philadelphia Eagles excused Riley Cooper from all team activities on Friday after the wide receiver was caught on video making a racial slur.
Cooper said the last few days have been incredibly difficult and he will step away to seek counseling.
"My actions were inexcusable," he said. "The more I think about what I did, the more disgusted I get. I keep trying to figure out how I could have said something so repulsive, and what I can do to make things better."
Cooper apologized profusely Wednesday after a video of him using the N-word at a Kenny Chesney concert last month surfaced on the Internet. The Eagles immediately fined him.
"Right now, I think it's important for me to take some time to reflect on this situation," Cooper said. "The organization and my teammates have been extremely supportive, but I also realize that there are people who will have a tough time forgiving me for what I've done. The best thing for me, and for the team, is to step away for a period of time."
The Eagles did not set a timetable for Cooper's return.
"He will meet with professionals provided by the Eagles during this period of time to better help him understand how his words have hurt so many, including his teammates," the team said in a statement.
Cooper spoke to the media again after practice Thursday, telling them his meeting with teammates a night earlier was "extremely emotional." Teammates Michael Vick, Jason Avant and others expressed forgiveness for Cooper. LeSean McCoy also said he forgives Cooper, but "I can't really respect somebody like that."
Cooper, who grew up in Clearwater, Fla., was selected in the fifth round of the 2010 draft by the Eagles out of the University of Florida. He has just 46 catches and five touchdowns in three years with the Eagles, but has been practicing with the starters since Jeremy Maclin's season-ending injury last week.
"As long as it takes, and whatever I have to do, I'm going to try to make this right," Cooper said.
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The Philadelphia eagles have excused wide receiver Riley Cooper from all team activities as he seeks counseling for his recent outburst.
On Friday the Eagles released the following statement:
“This is all new territory and we are going to evaluate this timetable every step of the way. He will meet with professionals provided by the Eagles during this period of time to better help...
SPOT IS SAFE
Though reports said the Eagles were considering cutting Riley Cooper, coach Chip Kelly denies that was the case.
What Riley Cooper had going for him as a player in the NFL was completely wiped away after revelations of his using a racial slur came to light.
It wasn’t that he just used the racial slur, it was the way in which it was used. He used it with malicious intent. For that reason, it will follow him for the rest of his career.
Cooper will never be the same kind of player again.
TARGET ON HIS BACK
Hall of Famer Cris Carter weighed in on the Riley Cooper situation on Friday, noting that defensive backs may be more aggressive with Cooper this season.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper is having a very bad day after a video came to light of him stating that he would “fight every [n-word] here” at a Kenny Chesney concert.
The Eagles e-mailed a press statement to Players View from Cooper that apologizes for his behavior.
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The folks at Next Media Animation, aka the Taiwanese animators, are at it again, and this time they’ve got Eagles receiver Riley Cooper firmly in their sights.
As you’ve probably heard by now, Cooper was caught on a phone video using the N-word while at a Kenny Chesney concert with some Eagles teammates. Cooper has already profusely apologized and been punished by the Eagles...
Riley Cooper has been fined by the Philadelphia Eagles and will be sent to sensitivity training after being caught in a video using a racial slur at a concert. Although his punishment has been handed down, though, Cooper will still be judged for years to come in the court of public opinion.
One of Cooper’s teammates who was with him at the Kenny Chesney show is speaking out, not...
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Riley Cooper may have apologized, but the damage was done, and certain relationships Cooper may have built are going to be the collateral damage.
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By now, you know all about Riley Cooper’s outburst at a Kenny Chesney concert in Philly. If you don’t, go get caught up. Since then, there has been reaction by Mike Vick, Marcus Vick, the Eagles, and most recently LeSean McCoy.But what about the reactions of the folks that live in Philadelphia and may be fans of the Eagles?Glad you asked. Philly.com asked a group of Philadelphia...
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