Those words came from Cooper after he was denied access back stage at a country music concert featuring Kenny Chesney. Cooper was detained by an African American security guard who was doing his job by not allowing concert goers, without the proper credentials, back stage.
After trying to use his NFL status (such that it is) failed to grant him backstage access, Cooper went off on a tirade and threatened violence toward every African American present at the concert.
Of course his dumb
Cooper, who caught 28 passes for 238 yards last season, issued the following (wack, PR-inspired, not-believable-at-all) apology after his rant was viewed a million times on YouTube, where he claimed that despite his inebriated state, he didn't mean to say what he did.
Riley, in a Paula Deen-like statement, also claimed that he doesn't remember ever using the N-word before, and that his parents raised him better.
(Is that you laughing? No, wait. That's me).
|Cooper speaking to the media, issues an apology.|
"We all make mistakes", said Michael Vick, who knows a thing or two himself about making mistakes.
The Eagles have decided to fine Riley Cooper "a good amount of money" for said mistake.
|Cooper takes to Twitter to apologize for his inappropriate racial outburst.|
An interesting take on this incident is that the Washington Redskins, currently training in Richmond Virginia, had Kenny Chesney perform at FedEx Field for his ‘No Shoes Nation’ Tour on Saturday, May 25th.
Said Washington Redskins' Chief Marketing Officer, Mitch Gershman in a released statement, “The ‘No Shoes Nation’ tour is part of a concerted effort by the Redskins to bring high profile events, as well as music’s greatest performers, to the region.”
|The incident has gone viral on Twitter, with comments.|
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Disclaimer: If you are somehow offended by this article, know that I'm not making any apologies.
Some people think the use of Cooper's 'N-word' rant is much a do about nothing (until an egregious remark is made about them, or their culture). In contrast, some say the Greg Jennings' apology actually fits that bill. We still don't know why Jennings has to apologize for referring to his former teammate, Aaron Rodgers as "#12"; and as cool as Rodgers is, he probably isn't giving the issue a second thought about being referred to as 'No. 12'.
Cooper excused from Eagles' team activities for 'unspecified' time; scheduled to take sensitivity training classes.
Statement from the Eagles:
"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."