Of course you know by now that Eagles receiver Riley Cooper blurted a racial slur during a Kenny Chesney concert, offering to “Fight every n***** here”. This caused such tumult and commotion that the Greenwich World Clock actually skipped ahead four seconds.
The real bad news here is that Ted Nugent will now be late for Klan meetings. I mean … gun club!
So Cooper apologized on Twitter, but what good is having all those reporters around training camp if you can’t sloppily apologize to them as well? So here’s Cooper’s second-go’round at apologizing for his N-bomb attack.
“It’s going to be very difficult for me. I’m going to tell them, ‘I’m extremely sorry,’ tell them exactly what I’m telling you guys. There was a confrontation and I handled it extremely, extremely poorly,” Cooper said to 25 reporters and six local television cameras. “This is kind of the lowest of lows. This isn’t the type of person I want to be portrayed as. This isn’t the type of person that I am.
“I know no one in Philadelphia is happy with me right now. I accept that. I just hope they see the true me. And accept my apology.”
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello declined to say if the league would take further discipline, adding, “The NFL stands for diversity and inclusion. Comments like this are wrong, offensive, and unacceptable.”
Cooper said that he had been drinking, but that was no excuse for what he said.
“I was raised better than that,” he said to reporters.
It all sounds OK and fine with me … it’s just that I’m getting a little weary of the There’s-millions-of-dollars-at-stake-so-here’s-another-heaertfelt-apology Merry-Go-Round. One day someone’s going to have to call “no take-backs”, and an athlete is going to have to be a man and live with the consequences what he said/did. If being drunk was not an excuse, then it seems to me that there is no excuse. So own it and move on, as painful as that may be.
You stood up in front of hundreds of people and screamed a racial slur, later saying that having had a few drinks was no excuse. So I’m pretty sure you’re a racist. Here’s a short list of people who have never yelled “I will fight n******* here!”, as far as we know:
Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
The late Mr. Rogers.
So I’m pretty sure they are not racist. Riley Cooper, however, needs to take a hard look at himself.
Does this mean that the Marcus Vick bounty is off?