Riley Cooper‘s racist comment took the sports world by storm on Wednesday. After a video surfaced of him using the n-word at a concert, a firestorm of criticism and a fine from the Philadelphia Eagles followed. Now that he’s apologized and most of the reaction to his comment has passed, teammates will continue to come out in his support.
Several members of the Eagles have defended Cooper and claimed that he’s not racist, but now Michael Vick has spoken up with his thoughts. The once-troubled quarterback has already forgiven his wide receiver.
“He apologized for what he did, and as a team we understood. We all make mistakes in life and we all do and say things that maybe we do mean or we don’t mean. But as a teammate, I forgave him,” said Vick.
The Eagles’ QB knows a thing or two about being forgiven, because let’s face it, what he did was a much bigger deal. People found it in them to give Vick another shot, so he should have no problem being forgiving of others for their mistakes. You could say that Vick probably needs to ‘pay it forward’ in the forgiveness department. So the fact that he’s one of the first big name players to speak up on this, is not shocking at all to me.
Even though Vick and other Eagles’ players have forgiven Cooper, it doesn’t mean that it won’t be awkward in the locker room for awhile. You can’t just say something like that and expect it to go away over night. In fact, some people will never get over it.
I truly hope that Cooper isn’t a racist and that he just made a horrible mistake. But regardless of the truth, he needs to make an effort to eliminate words and thoughts like that from his mind in the future.
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