There was a time last summer when the career of Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper was in danger. Video surfaced of Cooper saying the N-Word at a country music concert and there were serious doubts about whether teammates would ever accept him again.
Then Michael Vick, Cooper’s quarterback at that time, spoke up in favor of the receiver. Vick, now of the New York Jets, recently told ESPN New York that his comments saved Cooper’s career.
Whether Vick’s words directly resulted in Cooper’s career staying alive, there’s no denying Vick did his wide out an enormous favor. So, it’s understandable that Vick is upset with the Eagles wide receiver for ignoring him as of late.
“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.”
This is a bad look for Cooper. There’s no reason for Cooper to ignore any former teammate congratulating him on the $25 million contract he signed this summer, especially someone who helped him like Vick did.
Hopefully Cooper will send Vick a text back with this information now public.