New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick recently revealed to ESPN New York’s Ian O’Connor that he was none too happy with Riley Cooper, his former teammate on the Philadelphia Eagles.
Vick was upset with Cooper for ignoring a text of his this summer. Vick had famously spoke out in support of Cooper after video surfaced of the receiver saying the N-Word at a country music concert last offseason.
“A couple of things transpired since [the incident] that I dislike, and I’ll be honest with you,” Vick said. “After he signed his contract, I sent him a text and I never got a text back, and that made me feel a certain type of way. But I’m not the type of guy who holds grudges.”
Vick said he told his former teammate he was proud of him in the text that wasn’t returned. When it was suggested to him that any white player in Cooper’s shoes should owe the quarterback an eternal debt of gratitude, Vick said, “I’d have you on speed dial. That’s the only reason I say I hope Riley appreciates that. His life is his life and he played good football last year, and he was always like a little brother to me. But money should never change an individual, and I’m not saying it did that to Riley.”
But it appears Vick and Cooper patched things up after the quarterback spoke to ESPN.
In reference to Michael Vick’s comments about Riley Cooper in ESPN, a Vick spokesman said Vick and Cooper spoke today and “are all good.”
— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) August 27, 2014
Good for Cooper to eventually do the right thing here, though it still seems strange he ignored Vick in the first place. The quarterback put his reputation on the line for him and the least he could have done to show his gratitude was respond to a congratulatory text this summer.