Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper returned to practice today and, in a surprising twist, has told his teammates, in a divided locker room, not to forgive him for the racist slur he used at a Kenny Chesney concert.
Riley Cooper said he doesn’t want teammates to forgive him because that would put burden on them, not him. He wants the burden.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 6, 2013
“I don’t want you to forgive me, because that puts the burden on you,” Cooper told the other players on the team according to Pro Football Talk.
It sounds like rhetoric straight out of the mouth of a counselor or someone helping him with his treatment.
Otherwise Riley Cooper was relatively quiet on the extensive treatment he received over four days (yes, that was sarcastic). He did say that it didn’t address the issue of alcohol abuse as Cooper looked intoxicated in the video. Cooper told friends that he was so drunk that he didn’t even remember making the comments at the June 9th concert.
Cooper has been supposedly seeking out his teammates individually since his return, of course not asking for forgiveness.
Michael Vick has preached forgiveness but LeSean McCoy has been more reluctant to forgive. Only time will tell.