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Dangers of a Pro-Athlete

The Sports Brothers | 8/7/2013, 2:01 p.m.
Philadelphia Eagles receiver Riley Cooper has been sent threatening messages after a video of him making a racial slur became ...

Philadelphia Eagles receiver Riley Cooper has been sent threatening messages after a video of him making a racial slur became public. That is the latest development in this high profile drama that has shaken up the NFL.

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Jeff Fox

The team announced this past weekend  that Riley informed the club of the threats and did not know who made them. The team has notified the league’s security department.

Cooper was fined by the Eagles after his slur became known Wednesday. New Eagles Coach Chip Kelly has a real dilemma on his hands as he has a white player make such a negative remark in a locker room filled with primarily African-American players. Many in the Eagles locker room are quite reluctant to forgive Cooper who made his controversial comments at a Kenny Chesney concert.  Cooper left the team last Friday to seek counseling.

“Riley Cooper made us aware of the tweets when the video became public,” the team said in a statement.

“He told us that he did not know about the video. He informed us he blocked the tweets because he did not know the person nor understand the context of what that person was threatening.”

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Ed Freeman

“We promptly alerted NFL security. This information potentially speaks to a legal issue that is a matter between Riley and the authorities. Our focus has been on Riley’s words and actions.”

Cooper has apologized profusely since the video has surfaced. For some reason I feel sympathy for him, and I do not feel that he is a racist. Rather he made a huge mistake saying the worst thing he could think of to a Black man during an intense argument. Most will not agree with that sentiment but it is my opinion.  

Eagles coach Chip Kelly has said Cooper’s roster spot is not in jeopardy. Cooper has just 46 catches and five touchdowns in three years with the Eagles, but had been practicing with the starters after Jeremy Maclin’s season-ending knee injury. Maclin’s unfortunate injury makes Cooper even more of an asset to the team.  Asked when Cooper will return to the Eagles, Kelly said there's no time frame.

“When we do, we’ll make sure we announce it so it’s not going to be a surprise to anybody,” Kelly said.

Cooper’s departure coupled with Maclin’s injury leaves the Eagles lacking experienced receivers behind two-time Pro Bowl wideout DeSean Jackson and longtime slot receiver Jason Avant. It's giving Ifeanyi Momah and Arrelious Benn a chance to not only make the team, but get some playing time.  Regardless of how all of this plays out for the Eagles, Riley Cooper will be fortunate to still be a member of this team come September. The young man has a lot to atone for and hopefully during his time away from the team he learns that words do hurt people. He did a terrible thing, he owned up to it. He had to since it was on video for the world to see. Bottom line is Cooper has a lot of making up to do. Good luck kid.

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