The fallout for Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper continues after he was caught on video dropping the “n-word” on camera at a Kenny Chesney concert. Cooper has already publicly apologized and admitted that he was fined a significant amount of money by the team, but now he is taking his apology to the locker room.
Riley said while meeting with the media at the Eagles NovaCare Complex that he would be meeting with his teammates tonight and apologizing for the comments.
“I’m going to tell them exactly what I’m telling you,” Cooper said, via Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I’m extremely sorry. I should have never said what I said. Most of the ones that know me, which excludes the rookies coming in, they know the kind of person I am.
“I wasn’t raised that way. I got a great mom and dad at home. They’re extremely, extremely disappointed in me.”
While Cooper is obviously embarrassed and remorseful for his comments now that he was caught, it could take a while to convince his teammates that his apology for the racist comments is sincere.
He is needed on the field for the team to succeed in 2013 following the season-ending injury to Jeremy Maclin, but his teammates may not care about what he can do on the field in the meantime while Cooper focuses on rebuilding the trust and camaraderie with his colleagues.