2013 Hall of Fame inductee and ESPN analyst Chris Carter has chipped in his two cents regarding the controversy surrounding Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper and a racial slur he (Cooper) let fly at a concert. Not surprisingly, Carter said the trust between Cooper and his teammates may be compromised beyond repair.
Here are Carter’s thoughts, courtesy of USA Today:
Football is a game of trust. This is a game where you can get hurt bad if a guy doesn’t do his job. I’m concerned about that trust factor. And I’m more concerned that the defensive players won’t be as forgiving as the offensive players, because that’s the way it normally works. I’ll be (saying) on offense, ‘Me and Riley are cool,’ but the guy playing corner, I can’t make him cool with the same situation.
It would be like Michael Vick, when he went through his situation. You can’t ration that out to your teammates. ‘Oh, he’s a good guy.’ But he did that.
Carter also said he wasn’t convinced with Cooper’s assertion that he’d never used the slur before, saying that “if there’s smoke from the wood pile, something in the wood pile ain’t clean. I’d like to check into his history, to see if there’s been any other episodes before that.”
Riley Cooper, of course, has been sent away by the Eagles to undergo sensitivity training.
[Source: USA Today]