Following the release of a video in which Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper was caught using a racial slur, the receiver quickly apologized. The Eagles quickly fined Cooper and Roger Goodell said the NFL wouldn’t take any additional 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.”
Now as the Eagles locker room is trying to heal after the hateful words were said, the is still division.
Some have forgiven Cooper:
“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.”
“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.”
Some are having a harder time forgiving:
“I can’t respect a guy like that,” said LeSean McCoy, according to Albert Breer of the NFL Network.
That division could lead the Eagles to part ways with Cooper. NFL Columnist Mike Freeman is reporting that he is hearing rumors that Cooper will be cut. He also speculates that Cooper could have a hard time finding another NFL home.
Continue to hear Eagles want to cut Riley Cooper. Not set in stone by any means. But I’m not sure if Cooper will play another down in NFL.
— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) August 2, 2013