Back in June, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper said something in a video – that recently just surfaced – that no one will ever forgive him for saying. He said a racial slur against African Americans that I will not repeat since you should have all seen the video by now. If you haven’t, I bet you can still guess what Cooper said.
Stuff like this should not be tolerated not only in sports but in society as well. Unfortunately, with so many people in this world and with so many individualistic minds, ranging from sane to completely skewed, racism will sadly never end, at least not in our lifetime.
With so many African Americans playing not only on the Eagles but in the NFL as well, I find it quite perplexing that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and especially the Eagles, did basically nothing to discipline Cooper.
I find it baffling that the Eagles did not punish Cooper further for his actions. To not even suspend Cooper and only fine him and send him to counseling is just ridiculous, in my opinion, not only from a moral aspect but a team aspect as well. Don’t you think some controversy in the locker room will come out of all this?
Eagles running back LeSean McCoy has come out and said, “I can’t respect a guy like that,” and that Cooper is “losing a friend.” On the other hand, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has expressed his feelings toward Cooper and in surprising fashion, said he forgives Cooper for what he said. Also, an unidentified player on the Eagles, when asked about if Cooper should still be on the team, said, “The coaches are saying we should think team first, but this is just crazy.”
With all of that being said, I think the Eagles’ decision to not release Cooper is really ignorant and stupid. He will divide the locker room up, as it is already starting, and frankly, his actions are appalling and not tolerated in society, NFL included. If any other person outside of sports said what he said, they would be immediately fired, so why should Cooper get a pass just because he is in the NFL?
Do you agree?