Posted August 02, 2013

Riley Cooper excused from Eagles team activities to seek counseling

NFC East, Philadelphia Eagles
'I think it's important for me to take some time to reflect on this situation,' Riley Cooper said.

‘I think it’s important for me to take some time to reflect on this situation,’ Riley Cooper said. (Drew Hallowell/Philadelphia Eagles/Getty Images)

The Philadelphia Eagles opted not to suspend Riley Cooper for his video-taped racial slur at a recent Kenny Chesney concert. Cooper has decided to step away from the team anyway.

The Eagles announced Friday that Cooper “has been excused from all team activities as he seeks counseling for his recent actions.” There was no timetable for when Cooper may return to the team, but head coach Chip Kelly reportedly insisted that Cooper will not be cut.

Cooper said the following in a statement:

“The last few days have been incredibly difficult for me. My actions were inexcusable. 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.

“Right now, I think it’s important for me to take some time to reflect on this situation. 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.

“During this time I’m going to be speaking with a variety of professionals to help me better understand how I could have done something that was so offensive, and how I can start the healing process for everyone. As long as it takes, and whatever I have to do, I’m going to try to make this right.”

Cooper apologized to the Eagles’ front office and his teammates for the incident, but still found a very icy situation awaiting him within the locker room Thursday. Eagles running back LeSean McCoy reportedly said he “can’t respect a guy like that”, while the Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Jeff McLane quoted multiple players who questioned how the situation had been handled.

The Eagles released a statement of their own on Friday, which read: “As we have said, Riley Cooper will be seeking counseling and we have excused him from all team activities. 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 him understand how his words have hurt so many, including his teammates.”

The football aspect of all this stands secondary to Cooper’s off-field issues, but his departure — whether it turns out to be permanent or temporary — further thins out a Philadelphia receiving corps that recently lost Jeremy Maclin to a season-ending knee injury. Cooper had been expected to fill Maclin’s spot in the starting lineup. Those plans, obviously, have to change now.

563 comments
Wisconsin Death Trip
Wisconsin Death Trip

Here's a good one for ya....that is we are talking about FAIRNESS in the races today. 

Congressman Rangle (D-NY) goes on the air to depict ALL Republicans as "White Trash and Crackers" yesterday. Does this low life scum bag get tossed from congress? NOOooooo. Does the BLACK COMMUNITY show ANY outrage? NOOooooo. Again, black hypocrisy in motion. Total BS people.

FestivusFeatsOfStrength
FestivusFeatsOfStrength

This isn't about blacks using 'that word' and whites using 'that word'. There is a difference to, say, rappers saying it then any random white guy, whether you admit it or not. It seems to me that when a white guy saying 'I hate n-words (or even just saying black people) and want to kill them all', it's worse than a black guy saying 'I hate whitey and want to kill them all.' 

I see no difference in either statement, but I do believe that blacks would face less backlash for saying 'it' than whites. And I feel that's the case here. Cooper is an idiot for saying it, but I do feel he is facing a little too much scrutiny for it.

Just my 2 cents.

joeshine730
joeshine730

Cooper will forever be known now as a celebrity among the white race. What the blacks feel about Cooper doesn't matter and never will. Coop got recognized for calling a spade a spade. No big deal. Coop called it correctly.

Steelers7160
Steelers7160

To me Vick has no room to talk. He at one point went through ALOT worse. And as the "leader" of the team he should step up and help this guy not belittle him. Same with McCoy. But that's just me.

6marK6
6marK6

"Alcohol don't make you say anything, it just let's you."

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

The problem isn't that he used the "n" word. The problem is that his roid rage behavior got caught on camera. It's part of what you sign up for when you become a public figure. 

U Know I'm Right
U Know I'm Right

This is ridiculous counseling for using the "N" word.  When will all this damn political correctness end!  I am sick and tired of the fragile sensibilities of these spineless cry-babies over a damn word.  It is a word that is NOT owned by one race and can be used by any one that says it.  Get over it you moronians!

ReardonSteele
ReardonSteele

How absurd. What will the counseling consist of?Counselor- Hey you ought not to say ni**er. Riley-Hmmm. That never occurred to me.

jason2
jason2

social media just keeps getting better.hearsay is dead

joeshine730
joeshine730

Want to get nationally known and famous just  call a spade a spade like Cooper did? Smart public relations move for visibility. Kind of funny anyway.

Wisconsin Death Trip
Wisconsin Death Trip

There is absolutely NO ACCOUNTABILITY by African American's who use the "N word" in all fascists of the entertainment industry. It's passed off as a cultural thing, and just misunderstood. No, I understand it perfectly, it's called HYPOCRISY, and just more BS.

beercrackin'g8r
beercrackin'g8r

Where is it in our lexicon in which a word used by white people towards each other is a term of endearment, but towards others, it is racist? So, why then, why is there one for black/African-American people? The word is WRONG, period. When it is removed, entirely from our language (not gonna happen, likely), then, and only then, will we put this to bed.

sachmo_3
sachmo_3

Too bad Cooper didn't smack his wife, beat the crap out of a bouncer at 3 AM, get caught with drugs, stomp on a homeless guy's leg, or get busted with an unregistered firearm while driving with a suspended license. If he had, he would have been welcomed back to the team with open arms!

bcrd500
bcrd500

I totally agree with you about the Eagles taking Vick after he admitted fighting and killing helpless dogs. I also agree with what is good for one player is good for all of them. Cooper is being held to a higher standard and it is unfair.

TexasBorn
TexasBorn

This is RIDICULOUS!! Counseling!!!  That is crazy. Every person in the world needs go to counseling then. 

PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

He's gonna get cut, he may as well have cleaned out his locker.  He's not good enough for the headache he's caused.  

Scramble
Scramble

Looks like half the NFL will have to go into counseling.

joeshine730
joeshine730

Call the blacks whatever you want anywhere you want. Blacks have been called Ni--ers for 400 years or more. Nothing has changed. Blacks are slaves always have been always will be and inferior to the white man. look around compare test scores and see how blacks live compared to whites.  Ever see pictures of white men standing in front of mud huts with a spear and bones thru their noses??? hell no.  Cooper just did what was normal. it was okay by the  hundreds of millions of taxpaying whites who have supported the freeloading blacks for hundreds of years. Go Cooper.

Steelers7160
Steelers7160

How does David Ortiz get a free pass on his comments and recent actions?!!

FestivusFeatsOfStrength
FestivusFeatsOfStrength

*EDIT*

Since there is no edit, when I said 'rappers', I was stereotyping a bit in saying that most rappers are black. So.... *Black rappers.   ;-P

Hola
Hola

@Steelers7160  Vick should have NOT spent one day in jail over some dam dogs.

Hola
Hola

@Wisconsin Death Trip  Does that give Cooper a pass?  Personally, I feel his teammates would have taken care of it.  Granted, it probably would have divided the team into black and white groups, but I'm not a Philly fan.

riley8
riley8

@sachmo_3 Or tell 6 female jurors in Florida they should go and kill themselves.

ianforbes
ianforbes

@bcrd500 Just another moronic statement from an endless number of them. Let's see. Vick was arresrtes, served time in jail, lost all his endorsements and was lucky to get another shot in the NFL. So, since you agree what's good for Vick is good for Cooper, you'll have no problem with Cooper's life being turned upside down before he gets another shot at playing football again. Yah.....I thought so.

Hola
Hola

@bcrd500  It was dogs.  I could care less that Vick killed dogs.

randomdeletion
randomdeletion

@TexasBorn Uh, the need for counseling is pretty widespread.  Maybe you don't see it but it seems blatantly obvious to me. 

MGthescott
MGthescott

@joeshine730  

Actually the facts don't back up your hypothesis.To be quite honest i'm not really sure what your hypothesis is. Just sounds like the ramblings of an extremest.The "facts" in your paragraph are all unsubstantiated and are more in line with 14th century thinking and historical despots. People who used this type of rhetoric to fuel the fire of intolerance and hatred to satisfy their own agenda.

So i'm assuming you are one of the three.

1- A troll just attempting to get a rise out of everyone. Really sad not being able to man-up and all.

2-  A "true" believer in your ideology. Even sadder

3- The saddest of them all - Just being yourself.

hatorade
hatorade

@joeshine730 I hate to say it but I have to agree with these statements. I live in Baltimore and I see it on an everyday basis. Black people in this country live terrible lives and destroy communities. And while it is true that not all of them are this way, the large majority of them are. And easy way to put it is for every good black man there are 10 bad ones, and for every bad white, asian, indian, or hispanic there are 10 good ones. 

Bad1v
Bad1v

@joeshine730 If you really believe the childish racist comment I will give you my address so you can come call me that, or give me yours.  We both know that you are just another racist coward hiding behind your computer.

Hola
Hola

@ianforbes @bcrd500   I actually think Cooper should stay with the team.  I can't stand the Eagles.  This incident will divide the team, and they will have a bad season.  I also think Alcohol is a TRUTH serum.  Cooper said what he really think.  This incident should be settled on the football field.  Let the team handle it, internally.

MGthescott
MGthescott

What your describing is the result of socio economic circumstances rather than based upon ones skin colour. History is rife with examples of various "colours" living terrible lives and destroying communities. Not only destroying communities but also committing acts of genocide and racial cleansing. Not saying that one particular race is worse than others but many "white" men are part of the list. 

So like Joeshine your hypothesis doesn't stand -up under the weight of scrutiny and facts.

randomdeletion
randomdeletion

@Scramble Let me tell you when I developed the ability to truly not give a crap about what someone said when they were trying to get under my skin and insult/degrade me, I realized how great it was to not give a crap.  Then I found nothing I could have ever said would have bothered that idiot more than to not give a crap what he said or how he acted.  It was his problem and I was not going to make it mine and that only got him more worked up.  It is quite comical how ignorant and immature some can be.

MGthescott
MGthescott

@hatorade @MGthescott  

No rant my friend just simply stating facts. You're assumptions are not grounded in facts but more so on opinion and bias.

Not black, I'm Caucasian.

hatorade
hatorade

@MGthescott What you are describing is the same cop-out that blacks have been using for the better part of the century and I'm sorry  but it's just not true. They are in the situations by their own doings and believe me they are given every opportunity, if not more than any other race but refuse to change. It is more important to them to have a nice car or clothes then spend that money on education or bettering themselves. Now the second part of your rant about other "colours" being as detrimental is true, although no racial cleansing has happened in modern day america which is what I was referring to, and more over it's the ratio of good to bad and bad to good as I stated in my previous paragraph that separates the blacks from every other race. Simply put they have every opportunity to change but refuse to and thus they create more and more generations of bad bred blacks who destroy lives and communities as a whole. BTW,  are you black?

Bad1v
Bad1v

the only point you have made is that you are a coward who hides behind his computer.  Like all racist you are afraid of a real man which you will never be. So unless you would like to say your childish racist comment to my face just stay hidden behind your sheet.

Bad1v
Bad1v

@joeshine730 If your daddy could have afforded $3 instead of the $2 he spent you would be black too.

joeshine730
joeshine730

@Bad1v @joeshine730 Gee wonder if any one would want you to move in next door to them? Face it Sambo you do not matter in life. Nothing will ever change. Blacks will always be called that name. it's a gene thing.

Bad1v
Bad1v

@joeshine730 @Bad1v I see you are to much of a coward to spout your racist comments to my face.  So just keep posting your cowardly racist comments so we all can have a good laugh at you.

Bad1v
Bad1v

 @jimcrackWhy can't you read.  Were did I threaten anyone?  Why must you lie to to try and make your point.

mystafugee
mystafugee

@jimcrack @Bad1v @joeshine730 Where did he threaten violence?  So I guess since Asians have higher test scores and income levels, that makes them superior to whites?