Philadelphia Eagles’ Riley Cooper uses racial slur, apologizes on Twitter

July 31, 2013

A video has emerged showing Philadelphia Eagles' Riley Cooper using a racial slur. (Michael Perez/Associated Press)

Updated at 6:10 p.m.

The Philadelphia Eagles have fined wide receiver Riley Cooper for making a racial slur at a recent concert.

“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.”

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A video (warning: contains offensive language) obtained by sports blog Crossing Broad emerged Wednesday afternoon of Cooper using a racial slur at a Kenny Chesney concert on June 9.

Last month, we brought you video of Riley Cooper fighting (sort of) outside the Kenny Chesney concert at Lincoln Financial Field. That parking lot disagreement was broken up rather quickly, but it now appears that tempers continued to flare inside the concert.

Prior to joining Chesney, several Eagles teammates and Chip Kelly on stage for The Boys of Fall, Cooper was with friends and Jason Kelce in a semi-private area near the stage. In a video that we’ve obtained, we see Kelce and others attempting to calm an agitated Cooper down just before he points in the direction of the crowd (and camera) and says, as best as we can tell: “I will jump that fence and fight every n***** here, bro.”

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Cooper has since apologized with a series of tweets on his Twitter account.

I am so ashamed and disgusted with myself. I want to apologize. I have been offensive. I have apologized to my coach, Jeffrey Lurie, and . . .

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.

@RileyCooper_14

Cooper, 25, was a national champion with the University of Florida before being drafted by the Eagles in 2010. He is expected to play a larger role in the Eagles’ offense this season since teammate Jeremy Maclin tore his ACL during Saturday’s practice.

Kelyn Soong is a news aide and blogger and covers high school tennis for The Washington Post sports section.
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