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.”
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.”
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.
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.