Posted August 01, 2013

LeSean McCoy on Riley Cooper: ‘I can’t respect a guy like that’

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Riley Cooper (right) has since apologized for uttering a racial slur.

Riley Cooper (right) has since apologized for uttering a racial slur. (Ted S. Warren/AP)

Riley Cooper returned to practice with the Philadelphia Eagles Thursday, less than 24 hours after a video surfaced online of Cooper saying, “I will fight every n****r here.”

The Eagles fined Cooper and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said that the league will not discipline the Philadelphia wide receiver. The story is still a long way from finished, though.

In addition to having to deal with fans’ ire over the incident, Cooper may have alienated himself from many players within the Eagles’ locker room, despite his apology.

That added tension was front and center Thursday. From the NFL Network’s Albert Breer:

Cooper will be hard-pressed to find anyone who feels sorry for him at this point, and it’s clear he has work to do to win back the respect of his teammates. The former Florida Gator also could find the going a little extra difficult during games this season and beyond, with plenty of players outside of Philadelphia no doubt upset with Cooper’s comment, too.

In fact, Marcus Vick, brother of Eagles QB Michael Vick, tweeted after the video became public: “Hey I’m putting a bounty on Riley’s head. 1k to the first Free Safety or Strong safety that lights his a** up! Wake him up please …..”

The tweet was later deleted, and Michael Vick chastised his younger brother for the comment. “To address my brother’s situation and what he’s saying, I don’t think it’s really relevant,” Vick said. “I don’t agree with what my brother is saying. Riley is still my teammate and he just stood in front of us and apologized for what he said. Somewhere deep down you’ve got to find some level of respect for that. To people in the outside world who don’t know how we’re dealing with it, they’re going to forge their own opinions, but my brother has to not show a certain level of ignorance himself.”

Others in Philadelphia were not nearly as quick to come to Cooper’s defense, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Jeff McLane.

“The coaches are saying we should think team first, but this is just crazy,” one player told McLane, under the veil of anonymity. “Was he thinking about the team when he said that?”

Another Eagles player said that Andy Reid would have dealt Cooper a much harsher punishment than a fine. Any way you slice it right now, new coach Chip Kelly appears to have a serious in-house problem on his hands — one that may force the Eagles to reexamine their relatively lenient response to Cooper’s error.

The Eagles hardly need this distraction as they try to move on from a disappointing 4-12 season. Cooper stands to be an important part of that attempted turnaround now that Jeremy Maclin has been lost for the season. Barring injury or a subpar camp, Cooper would be in line to inherit Maclin’s spot in the starting lineup.

But Cooper has created issues for himself well beyond football. It may be a long while, if ever, before things are copacetic between him and his teammates.

153 comments
Marc16
Marc16

So LeSean McCoy, who's had to apologize himself for comments on twitter toward the mother of his child and has also been sued in Philly for assault on a women who was on his party bus (and he left her stranded at a NJ rest stop) is not friends with Riley because Riley used a racial slur.  

Karen10
Karen10

Cooper said something in the heat of the moment without thinking. He apologized. Lets not use this as yet another reason for the media to make every small issue a big deal. Black people use the N word all the time and nothing is ever said. Let it go already.

Fredrick
Fredrick

 @BaldeagleWould Martin Luther King, Jr. get into a childish tizzy-fit like we are seeing today over something so insignificant?

This is hardly what Jackie Robinson had to endure nor is it anything even close to what blacks experienced up into the 1970s.  

Perhaps this is another attempt to enrage the races into rioting, something the Zimmerman verdict did not produce.

For the blacks to continue to harp on this and possibly work against their teammate shows no class and presents to the public a childish temper tantrum' "Sticks and stones may break my bones..."

Oh, by the way, while I was in the Navy, on more than one occasion some black sailors spoke to me and other "honkies" racist comments.  Not once did we cry to the media or have the commanding officer fine or punish them. We continued to work together and get along.

Get a backbone!

Get a life!

Fredrick
Fredrick

Amazing...After all this how is it possible the sun came up this morning? ESPNY and all the other "sports" networks giving wall-to-wall coverage on this NON-event. With 15 baseball games, NFL training camp, golf and so many other legitimate things going on in the sports world and nearly half of "SportsCentre" devoted to this stuff.
Say, when Tiger Woods cheated on his wife did he get fined, suspended and ostracized for BREAKING A VOW? Oh, Tiger apologized and it was all good.  Sure, the same crap happened with the excessive coverage on something private.
In the grand scheme of things, is it far worse to speak on word out of emotion, or to consciously dishonor and cheat on the woman to whom you vowed to devote all your heart and soul?
Is there some double standard here?
To his teammates...GET OVER IT.  You have a job to do.  WIN!  If you hold his lone utterance against him you are equally...no, more of a dishonorable person than Riley.  Everyone says stupid things.
Why is the one word the issue?  Why is it through the annoyingly excessive coverage of this unsubstantial video focusing on one word?  Why not his being intoxicated?
GET OVER IT
GET OVER IT
GET OVER THIS NOTHING!!!

BleedingBoston
BleedingBoston

My god Michael Vick's brother is an idiot. Vick must hate having to answer questions about his idiotic brother on twitter. This isn't the first time Marcus Vick has made the headlines about a dumb tweet. As for Riley Cooper, what a total moron for saying a racial slur in the first place. And he's even dumber for saying it in front of a freaking camera. 

joe4lumpkin
joe4lumpkin

Just win a Super Bowl and everyone shut up

1776blues1
1776blues1

I'm willing to bet that there are more tweets like Vick's little brother tweeted and I'm willing to bet there are some who will follow through. Shame on the media for blowing this out of proportion!

PrincessCulvers
PrincessCulvers

The reason us blacks use the N word is out of acceptance and respect. Racists use the words to try to bring us down and make us feel less, there was a point and time where we only accepted each other. We started using a word that made us outcasts, and started using it to identify with each other. Ill gladly be a N. Bc its more than what most people will ever be. It is a title that means nothing, but we will gladly take it, because it separates us from others.  Unless your black you wont understand.  My great great grandparents was called that. Its an honor to be called it. If I can amount to them, then im doing good. :)    From A Black girl in Georgia

MarcoJackson
MarcoJackson

Reread your own comment but if you really step back & see how it comes off its like the but I have friends who are black argument. You wouldn't if they read your comments. I was hoping you was kidding.

Baldeagle
Baldeagle

Well, Well, Well!  Have we forgotten the teachings of MLK? Yes, it will be difficult to turn the other cheek, trusting and respecting him will be difficult but wouldn't this be the time to extend the olive branch and let this be the first gesture towards his therapy? It takes a stronger man to forgive and help him through this and show him what loving your brother really means. But if having some cornerback or safety pop him really hard in the head or go for his knees and injure him permanently will make you feel better Marcus, my only question would be...should the popper be a white or black man?

usameos6
usameos6

So, LeSean McCoy - who has fathered a child out of wedlock, has been accused of not paying child support for and claimed that he didn't even know the mother's name when he slept with her - who is currently accused of assault for having a bodyguard attack a woman on a party bus who was upset over being sprayed down with water and then put her off the bus on the Jersey Turnpike (only to pick her back up and take her to a rest stop when the other women on the bus complained) and has failed to show up for autograph sessions that he was paid for in advance (on one occasion because the show didn't send a car large enough for his entourage) can't respect a teammate over an admittedly vile word that he used and has since apologized for.  Makes perfect sense.

JulioEcheverria
JulioEcheverria

So, I'm posing this question, as a Hispanic male: R. Cooper saying that word is despicable, but why then are black players allowed to use it? Equality, by definition, means to be the same. In this case, be treated the same. I think we all agree on that. So, if we do want equality, why do we not chastise black athletes that use the word openly in front of any other race? Last season, Andre Johnson was caught on live TV calling a CB that name. Not a fine or even a comment. There's a clear double standard here. If African American athletes and African Americans in general do not want that word use, perhaps, they should begin with not using it themselves to refer to one another.

Scramble
Scramble

Then he can't respect half his race.

ohenry
ohenry

If you feel slighted because Whites who use the word "n-word" are frowned upon while it seems that Blacks are allowed to use the word at will, feel free to use it at any time. "PLEASE, PROCEED" but why limit yourself to the comments section on SI? Use it tomorrow at work, at the mall or at the next time that you go to a game. Approach your "Black friends" or better yet, a complete stranger who happens to be Black with the greeting, "What's up my N*gga?". Now be prepared to deal with the consequences but at least you are not being forced to be "politically correct" or being subjected to the "double standard" or "reverse racism" (whatever that is). Let me know which hospital and/or funeral home to send the flowers to.

john15
john15

A bunch of KneeGrow Thugs acting offended---what a joke.

SteveRowFla
SteveRowFla

The University of Felons...the foundation for the gaturd nation.

PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

I'm just asking a question here: If it had been LeSean McCoy who had said what Cooper said... what would the reaction be?

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

When are people going to learn that in the age of Smartphone cameras there are no private momentsw any longer. Cooper gets an A+ in dumb.

6marK6
6marK6

These sports message boards have just become a forum for gutless cowards to spew their racists diatribes under the protection of anonymity. Every story you read comments on has some racists and or political rants attached to it. SIck of it. And most of these losers came over from espn.com.

Steelers7160
Steelers7160

I get so sick of these black athletes acting like they are appalled when they call themselves the same racial slurs. McCoy...how many times has your friends called you that word?, how many times have you heads it in the music that you listen too? I get sick of how soft this country is becoming. Next thing you know we won't even be able to look at people a certain way without offending them

apastoriza3
apastoriza3

I was at the concert and saw this idiot ( Cooper ) , crazy thing is that i saw no African Americans anywhere near him  !!!! In fact the only African American people I saw was working the concession stands and some police officers so ....  I did see some ignorant white trash throwing insults at him and his friends .... But still no need for the "N" word dude !!!! 

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

You know, I highly doubt there were even any black people in that crowd Cooper was pointing at, considering it was a freaking KENNY CHESNEY concert.

JamesMartin
JamesMartin

It's simple, stop calling each other the N word. Stop listening to Jay Z and Kanye as they hide behind the 1st amendment and claim they are doing it so it becomes a term of endearment etc etc.
Double Standards everywhere. Then you get this McCoy guy... he's saying it himself but Cooper can't say it?  Just dismayed at all the "hey look at me, i'm the good guy, whitey over here said it too and he's the bad guy... why you say? well... he's white, can't you see?"  It doesn't change the power of the word. It will always be a hateful destructive word. Your Skin color doesn't give you the right to wield it to your own ends.

Hola
Hola

@Fredrick @Baldeagle  If I was a black teammate of Cooper, I would never TRUST him again.  Sure, I willing to bet there are racists on every football team in the NFL, and they somehow are able to play as a team. 

ghostofearlweaver
ghostofearlweaver

@PrincessCulvers Nonsense.  I grew up with blacks in Baltimore and it's suburbs and the N word was used by blacks against each other in a strictly derogatory manner.  Often the lighter skinned blacks would make comments about the skin color of darker blacks that today would cause an uproar.

If you're using the N word now, remember what it once meant for blacks in the South and elsewhere: complete lack of acceptance as equal human beings.  Show some respect for what your ancestors went through and ditch the word.

randomdeletion
randomdeletion

@PrincessCulvers Wow that is simply one of the most ignorant thoughts I have ever read.  Ask your grandparents what your great grandparents and great great grandparents and themselves thought of being called that word.  They would be disgusted with you considering yourself that word. 

Scramble
Scramble

@PrincessCulvers If you want to be separated from others, get on a boat and go back to where your great great grandparents came from.

Jackson3
Jackson3

@PrincessCulversRespect and acceptance, what a joke. This from the girl with pictures of her vagina as her public profile picture.

Hola
Hola

@usameos6  Yes....I wouldn't TRUST that teammate either.

MarcoJackson
MarcoJackson

Ok Julio not all black ppl use the term my parents didnt the majority of my frienfs I cringe ehen I hear it, but something has to wrong with any perso. who is just too gitty to use a slur....smh at the over anxious bigot. Ijs I don't slur black or any other person I call them by their name they was born with if not its sir or ma'am. Wow the anxiousness to use terms. I don't think he should be condemned but he said that with venom & clear anget. He can be forgiven but I would see him differently bcause what does he say when his teammaye pissrs him off that rolled off too easily.

randomdeletion
randomdeletion

@ohenry If a black person responds with violence toward someone saying "what's up my n*gga" then there is something deeply deeply wrong with that black person and not with the one that said the phrase as it is used in a friendly manner.  That is far removed from slinging it as a racial slur full of hate and anger. 

PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

@SteveRowFla  are u a Florida State Criminoles fan?  Or a Miami "Organized Crime" Hurricans fan?

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@PhillyPenn  

Nothing.  Absolutely nothing.  Because it happens all the time, in black culture:  music, comedy, personal conversations.

randomdeletion
randomdeletion

@6marK6 They are not the only ones commenting.  Not sure why they would be the only ones you focus on.  Yes this happens on any forum.  The idiots think it is a venue for them to spew their hatred and vile thoughts.  They are never the only ones commenting, however.

ohenry
ohenry

@Steelers7160  If you feel slighted because Whites who use the word "n-word" are frowned upon while it seems that Blacks are allowed to use the word at will, feel free to use it at any time. "PLEASE, PROCEED" but why limit yourself to the comments section on SI? Use it tomorrow at work, at the mall or at the next time that you go to a game. Approach your "Black friends" or better yet, a complete stranger who happens to be Black with the greeting, "What's up my N*gga?". Now be prepared to deal with the consequences but at least you are not being forced to be "politically correct" or being subjected to the "double standard" or "reverse racism" (whatever that is). Let me know which hospital and/or funeral home to send the flowers to.

MoRacker
MoRacker

@leehwgoc Blacks are racist and would not be at a white guys concert..

keique3
keique3

@WHO*IS*ESPN Are you serious do some research when a group of white youths were going around killing homeless guys. they are in jail for it now.  You and people like you are the cancer.

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

@WHO*IS*ESPN

It's amusing that you pretend there aren't crimes just as bad featuring Caucasian perps each and every day.   

People with minds like yours are the real cancer, pal.  And it has nothing to with ethnicity.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@omcurban  

So, you're advocating brutal physical assault for using an inappropriate word that black people use constantly and everywhere, from their churches to their personal conversations.

RobertJacke
RobertJacke

@omcurban I'm sure coop will take the hit like a man.........and maybe THAT word should be banned from all locker rooms, Cooper has been hearing THAT word around locker rooms for years while playing football, So it comes as his 2nd language 

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

@omcurban Cooper is a mediocre talent that isn't going to get much playing time regardless, even with Maclin out.

SteveRowFla
SteveRowFla

@PhillyPenn @SteveRowFla The University of Felons dwarfs the other state schools in arrests, coverups, and probations (Charlie Pell).  I'm not a fan of any of the above, but certainly resent my tax dollars going to churn out a bunch of unemployable, brainwashed clowns.  

apastoriza3
apastoriza3

@RedNeckerson @apastoriza3 no, just a dumb comment from a drunk idiot, but who knows what he really feels when he's drunk ? ...  GO COWBOYS   !!!!!! that's right from Philly and a Boys fan !!

apastoriza3
apastoriza3

@MoRacker @leehwgoc Hold on !!!  I saw a few fine looking Black girls with cowboy hat's and boots and looked sexy as hell !!