Riley Cooper: Eagles Player Returns To Practice After Using Racial Slur

Thu, August 8, 2013 7:23am EDT by 2 Comments
Riley Cooper Returned To Practice
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The Philadelphia Eagles player, who was caught using the n-word in a video that went viral earlier this week, returned to practice on August 6 after a brief stint away from the team. Since his absence, Riley has spoken with each of his teammates individually and asked them not to judge him.

Riley Cooper, Philadelphia Eagles’ wide receiver, has asked his teammates not to forgive him for his actions, but to judge him by his future. On July 31, a video of Riley using the n-word at a Kenny Chesney concert surfaced and led the player to get fined by the Eagles.

Riley Cooper Returned To Practice After Racial Slur — Eagles Welcome Him Back

“I talked to everyone individually,” Riley said following the team’s joint practice with the New England Patriots on August 6. “I told them, ‘I don’t want you to forgive me, because that puts the burden on you. I want it all on me.’ I told them that and I told them I apologize. They could tell it was from the heart, they know I’m not that kind of person. It feels good to have support from the guys.”

While on the field, Riley said he felt the support of his teammates.

“It felt good to be out there with the guys and catching and running and making some plays and them coming up to you, supporting you, high-fiving you, chest-bumping you like Jason Avant did in the end zone when I had that TD,” Riley said. “It just felt good to be back out here with the guys.”

Riley Cooper Racial Slur — Eagles Player Apologizes For Racist Remark At Concert

Following the release of the video, Riley, 25, issued a statement of apology and then met with reporters outside the team’s practice facility, Fox News reports. He said:

This is the lowest of lows. 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.

Riley said he was drinking when he made the racist remark in June.

That’s no excuse for what I said. I don’t use that term. I was raised better than that. I have a great mom and dad and they’re disgusted with my actions. I’m willing to accept all consequences. 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.

Due to his behavior, Riley was reportedly fined by the Eagles.

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

What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Are you satisfied with Riley’s apology? Should he have been welcomed back to the field?

WATCH: Riley Cooper’s Racial Slur At Kenny Chesney Concert


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