PHILADELPHIA (AP) — 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.”

A fifth-round pick out of Florida, Cooper is entering his fourth season in the NFL. He has 46 catches and five touchdowns in three years with the Eagles.

Cooper had tentatively moved into a starting role after Jeremy Maclin tore his right ACL in practice last Saturday. Still, he’s not guaranteed a roster spot in Chip Kelly’s new offense.

“I’m willing to accept all consequences,” Cooper said. “I know no one in Philadelphia is happy with me right now. I accept that. I hope they see the true me and accept my apology. I know it will take a while.”

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,” Eagles 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.

“To address my brother’s situation and what he’s saying, I don’t think it’s really relevant,” Vick said. “You can’t allow yourself to be encumbered in what’s going on. I don’t agree with what my brother is saying. Riley is still my teammate and he just stood in front of us and apologized for what he said. Somewhere deep down you’ve got to find some level of respect for that. To people in the outside world who don’t know how we’re dealing with it, they’re going to forge their own opinions, but my brother has to not show a certain level of ignorance himself.”

12 thoughts on “Eagles WR Riley Cooper Says He “Will Fight Any Nigg** In Here”; Apologizes Later

  1. Rayar Johnson on said:

    August 12,2013

    Please, Please Help us! In the February 14,2013 Wayne County Newspaper,( Front Page) It tells of the school violations and bullying and harassment my children have suffered in the WCSD,Mississippi. But, it did not mention that the latest of those threats were from the school KKK note. Now, this same girl where two knifes were found on her is back at school and sitting behind my child on their bus.
    This is not the first racial discrimination . My kids have a right to a safe school environment.
    The WCSD said they would handle it and they would prosecute and she would not be back on that campus. They would not tell me one court date no notification, just it’s been handled. 911 did not even send an officer at my request the day of.
    The children are shocked and scared. I beg for justice. I do not know why help for justice is so hard. They are not going back to school until they are represented. This is sad that anyone would think we are okay with this.

  2. Linda M.Leake on said:

    Don’t put this on being drunk, this was in him all the time, he had to get drunk to say it, & to come later to express himself as to why he said it, the same rules apply to the NFL for racial slurs, he is no exception.

  3. pac4me on said:

    “I don’t use that term” – Hmmmm, I think you did and you weren’t stuttering or saying it wrong – Oh you were quite comfortable, like this wasn’t the first time. All you did was show us your truth and when a man shows you himself – BELIEVE HIM!!! Mike you say you’ve been with him for three years and you know what type of person he is – obviously you don’t know the real, real racist Cooper & he probably called you all kind of N’s when you were in trouble so it’s okay that you forgave him, but be disgusted with this type of ridiculousness

  4. Serpentine on said:

    People can’t go against their natural grain or what’s been instilled in them. While sober, you can tame yourself to control what you say and how you feel. But once you get the truth serum in you…the truth will be told, and that goes for everyone. Vick says “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.” Well Michael, you don’t. You don’t know him at all, and you don’t know what type of man he is. Otherwise, you wouldn’t have said, “That’s what makes it easy, and at the same time, hard to understand.” Just like the people who thought they knew you, too. They all probably said the same thing about you. “I know him and have known him for years, there is no way possible he could be caught up in something like that.” No one really knows a person or what they’re capable of doing or saying. That’s why some people are always surprised at the actions of others that they thought they knew. For the team’s sake, they’ve forgiven him, but at least they all know now how he really feels deep down inside.

  5. Debbie on said:

    Fuck him!!! He said it and he meant it. This is why I don’t accept people’s apologies. You know what the hell you are doing when you do it. His ass got caught. I understand MV has to accept his apology, I wonder if he accepted MV’s when he was going thru his stuff?

  6. SayWhat on said:

    Riley thought since he was at a Kenny Chesney concert he was around people who were of like mind. I guess someone didn’t appreciate his comment or they just thought he was a real asshole.

    It’s going to be interesting to see what happens once the season starts.

  7. Wildflower on said:

    Riley is just another pussy among many in that race. Always with that back peddling bullsh#. I’d respect them more if they just say, “Hey I was pissed off and that’s how I felt at the time”. All the lies about that’s not who he is and the blaming alcohol is just BS. That’s why most blacks don’t accept the apologies and really don’t care what comes out your stinking foul mouths.Can’t wait for football season this year. Way to the be the best man Mike and too bad he didn’t have your back when you were going thru your troubles but it’s all good black man. Riley talk that shit in the locker room where black men are, not a damn concert with one black security guard.

  8. dtown on said:

    I can’t wait to see how his team and the NFL responds to this. Yes, he was drunk but we all know when really say whats in our hearts and our true feelings can come out when we are drunk. I hope this isn’t pushed under the rug by his team and the NFL. White people want to NOT take about this stuff, but THEY continue to do things to bring it back up. White people are living in a fantasy world if they think racism isn’t alive and well. This guy needs to be suspended!! Make an example out of him. NFL should have 0 tolerance for ignorance. Being drunk doesn’t excuse it. I wish I could be a fly in the lockerrom with him and his N word teammates and coaches. IDIOT!!!

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