NFL Player Apologizes For Using N-Word In Video


/ July 31, 2013

Philadelphia Eagles receiver Riley Cooper made waves Wednesday after a video of him using the n-word surfaced online. Cooper was taped at a Kenny Chesney concert saying “I will fight every n—– here,” reportedly after being denied entrance into the VIP area by a black security guard. Cooper took to Twitter to apologize, and was fined by Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie an undisclosed amount. The team strongly condemned Cooper’s language, saying “We are 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.” Cooper issued his own statement later, saying: “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.” Former college football player Marcus Vick, brother of Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, took to Twitter himself to condemn Cooper’s remarks and apparently make a bounty offer to any player willing to injure Cooper on the field.

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