Eagles react to Riley Cooper’s racial slur

Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

A video surfaced of Riley Cooper using a racial slur at a Kenny Chesney concert Wednesday. Riley Cooper quickly took to Twitter to apologize. The Philadelphia Eagles fined the wide receiver for the comments and he addressed and talked to his teammates about it.

“I know what type of person he is,” said quarterback Michael Vick, via CSNPhilly.com. “That’s what makes it hard to understand but easy to forgive him.”

Vick told reporters he spoke with Cooper for 15 minutes before a open discussion with the team. That open discussion lasted 5 minutes and was urged by head coach Chip Kelly.

“A lot of guys forgave him right away,” fellow wide receiver Jason Avant said, via Philly.com. “And there’s going to be guys where it takes a couple days, or a week or a month.

“It’s not some kind of sweep-under-the-rug thing. There’s no place for that, anyway, anyhow, anywhere. But at the same time, we can respond like the world … which won’t help anyone out in the future.”

Marucs Vick, Michael’s brother, had a less mature response and chose to put a $1,000 bounty on his head. Marcus Vick followed that up by saying he’d be deleting his Twitter account. Most likely that came at the urge of his brother who said Marcus has to “not show a level of ignorance himself.”

Regardless, Cooper could find himself the target of extra attention from linebackers and safeties this year.

Topics: Jason Avant, Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles, Riley Cooper

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