Apr 26, 2013; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks before the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Roger Goodell says NFL won't take action against Riley Cooper


A video leaked of Riley Cooper using racial slurs at a Kenny Cheseny concert this summer. He reacted quickly by apologizing and talking with his teammates and the Eagles decided to fine the wide receiver. On ESPN’s Mike and Mike show, Roger Goodell said the NFL would not be taking any action.

“We do not penalize at the club level and league level for same incident,” Goodell said, via Pro Football Talk. “We will not be taking action separately from the club.”

Of course this led to a comparison between this racial slur and the Washington Redskins mascot, which many consider to be a slur as well. Goodell, who has defended the Redskins name, not so surprisingly defended the Redskins name and said it is not the same.

“I don’t see a comparison,” Goodell said. “That’s a name that has always represented pride, heritage, tradition; the things that, I think, have made Redskins fans so proud of that name. And they have always presented the Redskins in a positive light. We have to continue to be open and continue to listen, but we also want to make sure we’re doing what’s right to encourage that heritage and that pride we have in the Redskins name.”

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