Philadelphia Eagles’ Riley Cooper Apologizes for Racial Slur

CBS News, July 31, 2013

Saying he was “ashamed and disgusted” with himself, Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper apologized repeatedly for making a racial slur at a Kenny Chesney concert that was caught on video and led to him getting fined.

The video of Cooper using the N-word surfaced Wednesday on the Internet. Cooper issued a statement of apology then met with reporters outside the team’s practice facility.

“This is the lowest of lows,” Cooper said. “This is not the type of person I want to be portrayed as. This isn’t the type of person I am. I’m extremely sorry.”

Cooper said he was drinking when he directed the slur at an African-American security guard at the concert in June.

“That’s no excuse for what I said. I don’t use that term,” he said. “I was raised better than that. I have a great mom and dad and they’re disgusted with my actions.”

Cooper said he was fined a significant amount of money by the Eagles.

“We are shocked and appalled by Riley Cooper’s words,” Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said. “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.”

The league released the following statement: “The NFL stands for diversity and inclusion. Comments like this are wrong, offensive, and unacceptable.”


Cooper apologized to teammates after talking to the media.

“As a team we understood because we all make mistakes in life and we all do and say things that maybe we do mean and maybe we don’t mean,” quarterback Michael Vick said. “But as a teammate I forgave him. We understand the magnitude of the situation. We understand a lot of people may be hurt and offended, but I know Riley Cooper. I know him as a man. I’ve been with him for the last three years and I know what type of person he is. That’s what makes it easy, and at the same time, hard to understand. But easy to forgive him.”

Vick also rebuked his brother, Marcus Vick, for profanity-laced tweets, including one offering a $1,000 bounty for any player who lays Cooper out in a game. Marcus Vick later deleted all the tweets.


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  • Puggg

    This only shows that men can be as low information as women. This is all the low information sports obsessed male crowd could talk about over the last day or so. They did not make time to talk about all the white victims of black violence wherein the blacks used anti-white racial slurs.

  • [Guest]

    Stop the groveling! It’s much ado about NOTHING.

  • DLRisVH

    This “non” story seems to be getting more press than the Channon Christian Christopher Newsome murders.

    • LaSantaHermandad

      Have those bastards gotten their new trial as yet?

  • GeneticsareDestiny

    I can’t wait until someone famous gets railroaded for saying something un-PC and doesn’t grovel. Someday, someone will stand up against the leftist racial grievance mongers.

    Unfortunately, that day is not today.

    • jane johnson

      Ted Nugent does it all the time, and I’ve never heard ANYONE call him on it…not to his face, anyway. He IS the “Motor City Madman”, after all.

    • Romulus

      The “you know who lawyers” will try to extract every last nickel ,after they drag said famous person before the bench.

  • Spartacus

    “This is the lowest of lows,” Cooper said.”


    Really ? I would’ve thought gang-rape, murder and torture would be it, but I guess I was wrong….

    • Erasmus

      If you’re ever mugged, assaulted or raped by an unknown assailant, he probably looks a lot like Barack Obama.

  • Spartacus

    Michael Vick : “We understand the magnitude of the situation.”


    Evidence #88948495 that blacks aren’t human .

  • What reason would anyone have to use the “n” word at a Kenny Chesney concert?
    There would be none around.

    • [Guest]

      Cooper was referring to a black security guard who was there to quell any riots, gang rapes, or shootings—you know, the kinds of things that always break out at country-music concerts.

      • Harry

        Riots, gang rapes, and shootings at a country music concert? You must be kidding me! I was at that Kenny Chesney concert and the people there were very friendly. On my way from the parking lot to the Lincoln Financial Field for the show, a perfect stranger handed me a can beer, without my even asking for it! So I was not even being rude by mooching for it.

        Yes, I did not see even one black person in the audience.

        • Erasmus

          I’m pretty sure Guest was being sarcastic.
          So long as there are n’s acting like n’s, there will be the n-word.

          • Romulus

            Nine!! As long as they are ON EARTH, there will be the N word!

        • Romulus


    • And Kenny Chesney is one of many examples of today’s politically correct trying-its-darndest-not-to-be-white “country” music.

      • Romulus

        Now that certain Yankees are making a killing by making TV shows and music by exploitation of Southern people and their culture, the PC trend will continue. Lots of the families are hillbilly poor(even Robertson started with nothing) and this is an opportunity to save themselves. The problem lies with the “exodus” (pun intended) of blue state idiots pouring in by the tens of thousands and foreign invaders and groids dispossessing them.

      • ShermanTMcCoy

        I’m not a fan.

        • I’m having a junior moment, but there was something relating to Kenny Chesney and race in the past, something to do with him pandering to blacks or something about him being clear on the wrong side of the issue from us.

  • bigone4u

    Dog murderer Michael Vick forgives him. What’s forgiveness from a scumbag ***hole worth?

    • Joseph Bryant

      I really hope Foles or Barkley gets the starting job this year and the NFL can be rid of him for good.

  • sbuffalonative

    Context. What was the context of his remark?

    • Joseph Bryant

      That’s what I don’t get. There’s no context I can fathom where his remark would make sense. It’s a Kenny Chesney concert, for God’s sake! Our dusky hued brethren aren’t known to frequent that type of event. I think Mr. Cooper just got hit in the head one too many times.

      • jane johnson

        I cringe every time I hear an adult euphemize by saying “the n-word”, instead of niqqer. Sounds ridiculous.

        • Joseph Bryant

          I can’t stand that. If you’re quoting someone, especially, it’s nothing but superstition not to say it. I refrain from it for the same reason I try my best to refrain from any curse word, because I think it’s rude and shows you have a limited vocabulary, but if you are QUOTING someone’s use of it it’s entirely proper to say the whole word unless you’re around children or something.

      • Romulus

        I’ve seen the same reaction from jack asses who get offended when I speak rudimentary German in public. It’s as if the very whisper of the language offends the left. I enjoy turning their screws.

        • Irishgirl

          Going a little OT here, but thanks for bringing up the German issue. Of all the languages I’ve learned (and European languages are a hobby of mine) German is my favorite. It’s a beautiful language and there is so much literature and music that gets lost in translation. It drives me nuts when people politicize the classics.

          • Romulus

            English is also a germanic language. Albeit, it’s current form has nary a connection to it’s origins. There are three that I’d most like to learn. Gaelic,German and Latin.

  • Sick of it

    He should find the guy who took the video looking for a quick buck and pound him into mush. Spying on people is actually illegal, but too many get away with it.

  • Joseph Bryant

    On one hand this story is depressing, on the other hand it IS kind of funny. Saying that at a Kenny Chesney concert? I guarantee there isn’t a Black within 500 miles of a Kenny Chesney concert.

    It’d be like an Eskimo in Barrow, Alaska boasting “I’ll fight ever Samoan here!” LOL what?

    • [Guest]

      You: “I guarantee there isn’t a Black within 500 miles of a Kenny Chesney concert.”

      The article: “Cooper said he … directed the slur at an African-American security guard at the concert….”

      One of the things we are not getting from this most important of all stories is what prompted Cooper to utter that one unspeakable word.

  • Romulus

    This disgusting display of a white man prostrating himself before the groids and the “manipulators” of the purse strings makes me sick.
    The next time someone calls me a honky,redneck, or trash, they’ll be hell to pay!

  • Why can blacks call blacks the word and we can’t use it at all?

    A radical black caller to St. Louis talk radio a number of years back (“Project Girl”) explained it cogently: We honkeys are just jealous because blacks own that word, and therefore have the exclusive rights to determine who does and doesn’t get to use the word, and what is proper and improper usage and context.

    Good for them; they won a word but never invented a written language on their own.

    • LaSantaHermandad

      Don’t forget the so called Black “artists” who made their fortunes in the Music world using technology invented by the evil White & Asian people; things such as the piano(forte), woodwind instruments, brass instruments, stringed instruments, recording technology, written music and spoken/ written language; the latter being something that a large percentage of them have yet to master.

  • Viking_61

    If Riley gets “laid out” by some young buck defensive back will it be considered a hate crime? Will the officials even throw a flag after Riley is carted off the field?

  • Erasmus

    So long as we continue to have an openly racist president in the White House, who deliberately attempted to subvert justice in Florida, I will never again care who says the N-word.

    Look at Obama. He did REAL damage to race relations by his remarks.

  • Erasmus

    Good for you for standing your ground. By all means respond by putting up these pictures. For variety, maybe we can also put up pictures of that little 1-1/2 year old shot at point blank range in Georgia, and we still hear nothing from brothers Jack$on, $harpton, Holder and Obama about that.

  • BellaCosa

    I’m on team Riley Cooper.

    • BellaCosa

      And that’s tough for me to say, as a lifelong Redskins’ fan.

      • Irishgirl

        The term “Redskins” is offensive! Don’t you watch MSNBC?

  • LaSantaHermandad

    Yes for example when one of the murdering, torturing, sodomizing, raping spawn of a devil and a brood sow commented on Channon, “F–k dat white girl. She don’t mean nuthin’ to me”.

    Either execute those pongids or send them to wherever Ariel Castro is and maybe they could share a conjugal visit cell where they could sodomize each other to death.

  • LaSantaHermandad

    White people should stop patronizing Football and Basketball both collegiate and pro, either in person or TV sports packages . See how long it’ll last when there is no more Crackuh money to support it.

  • LaSantaHermandad

    This was arguably one of the most horrific crimes committed in the last several years. Keep bringing it up.


    I really can’t comment, I don’t follow, watch, or care about the N-word F.L.

  • Thor Bonham

    He sounds like a pussy making this ridiculous apology .. It’s worse than what he said in the first place ..

  • Romulus

    Latin because of it’s significance in early western literature. I have read English translations of ancient texts, but I one day hope to be able to visit the Vatican archives. A treasure trove of history and knowledge of the Roman era.
    German simply because…. No reason necessary, it’s German!
    Gaelic because I love the Celtic peoples.