Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Eagles fined wide
receiver Riley Cooper an undisclosed amount after racially insensitive
comments he made at a concert last month came to light.
Video surfaced Wednesday of the 25-year-old Florida product uttering a racial
slur while at a Kenny Chesney concert in Philadelphia.
"We are shocked and appalled by Riley Cooper's words," Eagles owner Jeffery
Lurie said in a statement. "This sort of behavior or attitude from anyone has
no role in a civil society. He has accepted responsibility for his words and
his actions. He has been fined for this incident."
Cooper had 23 receptions for 248 yards and three touchdowns last season, but
is expected to have an increased role this year to help fill a void left at
the receiver position after Jeremy Maclin went down with a season-ending knee
injury on Saturday.
"I am so ashamed and disgusted with myself," Cooper said in a statement. "I
want to apologize. I have been offensive. I have apologized to my coach, to
Jeffrey Lurie, to Howie Roseman and to my teammates. I owe an apology to the
fans and to this community. I am so ashamed, but there are no excuses. What I
did was wrong and I will accept the consequences."
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