One of the biggest stories of the day was the fight the broke out between Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper and defensive back Cary Williams.
Fights are commonplace at football practice, but when a white player who recently used a racial slur and had to issue an apology is involved, it’s a little different.
When asked about the fight after practice, Cooper didn’t have much to say. According to Phil Sheridan of ESPN.com, Cooper said the right was “nothing,” just two competitive teammates trying for the same football.
However, an unnamed Eagles player thought the fight was more than “nothing,” telling The Philadelphia Inquirer that Williams shouted, “I’m not a n—– you mess with” several times.
In fact, Williams wasn’t happy with Cooper when his use of the racial slur first became public.
“I think there’s no place for that word in anybody’s language,” Williams said. “It’s still the same meaning, it’s still a harsh word. … I think that’s one thing we have to work on as a community as far as black people and just taking it out of our vocabulary.”
Cooper, Williams and the Eagles will start their season Monday night against the Washington Redskins.