Eagles Excuse Cooper from 'All Team Activities' to Attend Racial Sensitivity Training
On Friday, the Philadelphia Eagles excused embattled wide receiver Riley Cooper from all team activities to attend racial sensitivity training. The announcement comes two days after a video surfaced in which Cooper used the N-word slur at a Kenny Chesney concert last month.
On the tape, which CrossingBroad.com published, Cooper is heard saying, "I will fight every [N-word] here, bro," after a confrontation with a black security guard.
The Eagles released a statement acknowledging Cooper has been "excused him from all team activities."
Cooper, in a statement provided by the team, said the "last few days have been incredibly difficult for me."
“My actions were inexcusable. The more I think about what I did, the more disgusted I get. I keep trying to figure out how I could have said something so repulsive, and what I can do to make things better," Cooper said. “Right now, I think it’s important for me to take some time to reflect on this situation. The organization and my teammates have been extremely supportive, but I also realize that there are people who will have a tough time forgiving me for what I’ve done. The best thing for me, and for the team, is to step away for a period of time.
“During this time I’m going to be speaking with a variety of professionals to help me better understand how I could have done something that was so offensive, and how I can start the healing process for everyone. As long as it takes, and whatever I have to do, I’m going to try to make this right."