Riley Cooper is a NFL wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles and he’s never heard of you either.
Riley Cooper went to a Kenny Chesney concert and tried to get backstage. Concert security not recognizing or caring who Riley Cooper is did their jobs and refused to allow him to get backstage to see Chesney.
Riley Cooper did not like that. So he let everyone within earshot know precisely how much he didn’t like the security guard stopping him.
“I will jump that fence and fight every nigger here, bro,” Riley Cooper proclaims though there are no niggers in sight of the camera and presumably not that many Blacks showing up for a Kenny Chesney concert.
Deadspin received a message from a tipster about a possible reason for Cooper’s bad behavior.
Riley was going fucking nuts because he wasn’t allowed backstage. He didn’t have passes like some of the other players and was SO pissed that the stadium people wouldn’t let him back just because he was Riley Cooper. He had been drinking since 11 AM (Kenny didn’t go on until 8).
Few things are more divisive in a locker room than a racial controversy and quarterback Michael Vick, no stranger to controversy, threw Cooper a life-preserver, “What if your son or daughter made a mistake of this fashion, how would you want people to proceed? I’ve been there before. It’s a very delicate situation that we all understand. Somehow we’ve all got to find a way to get past it.”
However, there are many Blacks on the Eagles roster and even more Blacks playing cornerback, safety and linebacker in the NFL and many of them will not take kindly to Cooper’s ethnic slurs or his feeble apologies. Cooper’s teammate, running back LeSean McCoy certainly doesn’t seem ready to get past it.
“I guess the real him came out that day,” McCoy told Albert Breer. “The cameras are off, you donât think nobody’s watching or listening, and then you find out who they really are. And to hear how he really came off, that shows you what he’s really all about.”
The refusal of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to take any action against Cooper for his repulsive racism underscores his growing uselessness. Goodell sends his sneaks and snitches to every game to watch for players wearing the wrong kinds of socks because it’s bad for the league’s image, but refuses to suspend Cooper for bigoted slurs.
If Goodell refuses to enforce any sort of corrective behavior for Cooper off the field, someone on the field will do it for him.
Riley Cooper should probably keep his head on a swivel the next time he runs a slant pattern in the middle of the field. Defensive backs love to smack the hell out of wide receivers as a matter of principle. Imagine the sort of wood they are going to lay on Cooper when they are motivated.
Cooper has been in the NFL three seasons and has played in 40 games and started in 10. These are his stats as a wide receiver:
This guy is a perennial backup and bench warmer. A special teams scrub and if starting wide receiver Jeremy Maclin hadn’t torn his ACL last week knocking him out for the season, Cooper would likely be just another training camp body hoping like hell to even make the team.
There are a lot of things that are tolerated on a football team. You can cheat on your woman, be a drunken idiot through the week as long as you show up ready to play on Gameday, you can be a degenerate gambler or just a plain old degenerate. You can be juicing on steroids or smoking weed around the clock, but nobody wants to play with someone when you hate their bigoted guts.
He’d better catch every pass thrown his way and just because he apologized to the Eagles doesn’t mean every team on their schedule isn’t going to look to put a kill shot on him each and every play.
Have a nice season, Riley. For as long as it lasts.
- Kenny Chesney hopes his fans aren’t lumped in with Riley Cooper (profootballtalk.nbcsports.com)
- Riley Cooper apologizes for racial slur at Kenny Chesney concert (cbssports.com)
- Riley Cooper Say What?? (shelleknows.com)