Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper has apologized for making a vile racist slur against African-Americans.
Cooper said he was “ashamed and disgusted” with himself, Cooper apologized repeatedly for making the racial epithet at a recent Kenny Chesney concert in Philadelphia that was caught on video and led to him getting an undisclosed fine from the Eagles.
The National Football League and Eagles team owner Jeffrey Lurie said Riley’s remarks are unacceptable, but they could send a stronger message if he was suspended a few games.
The video of Cooper using the N-word surfaced on the Internet last week. Cooper issued a statement of apology then met with reporters outside the team’s practice facility on Wednesday.
In a video that has gone viral, Cooper said, “I will jump that fence and fight every [N-----] here, bro.”
Cooper, who is White, said he was drinking when he directed the slur at an African-American security guard at the concert in June.
“I was drinking,” he said. “But that is no excuse for what I said and what I did. I’m willing to accept any consequences,” said Cooper.
“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’s remarks are wrong and deeply offensive. Anyone who tries to defend his comments by pointing to African-American rappers, comedians who use the N-word are misguided. The N-word is never acceptable no matter who uses it.
There is no question that African-Americans should stop using a racial slur that has been used to denigrate Blacks, but its usage by some African-Americans does not make the slur acceptable.
It is also important to put Riley’s remarks in the context of how it was delivered. He was not trying to make a joke or make an artistic point. Riley used the ugly word in anger, in the heat of an argument.
(Reprinted from the Philadelphia Tribune)
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