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Are Riley Cooper’s Teammates Still Having Trouble Forgiving Him For Using A Racial Slur?

Submitted by on September 5, 2013 – 1:14 pmNo Comment

A little more than a month ago, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper got caught using a very, very bad word on camera. In the middle of a Kenny Chesney concert in Philadelphia, Cooper was caught directing the N-word at a security guard. He was clearly very intoxicated in the video. But the N-word was used nonetheless, and Cooper came under a ton of scrutiny for what he had done. He issued an apology, but many people still called for the Eagles to cut him from the team this summer.

The Eagles didn’t release him, though. And for Cooper, the last month or so has been pretty quiet. All things considered, the hoopla surrounding him using the N-word died down pretty quickly, and he had a pretty decent preseason for the Eagles. It appeared as though both he and his teammates had moved past the incident and were focused solely on the upcoming 2013-14 NFL season. But then, something happened today that once again brought Cooper’s situation to light. He got into a fight with teammate Cary Williams during an Eagles practice, leading us to believe that not all of Cooper’s teammates have forgiven him for using the N-word earlier this summer.

We can’t say that we blame them. Cooper is going to have to serve a penance for what he did for at least one season in order to earn the trust and respect of his teammates back before he’s able to escape the shadow that’s cast over him right now. But if some of his Eagles teammates are still harboring ill will towards Cooper, it could turn into a big problem for the team moving forward. In fact, it could derail the team during rough patches in the season and be a real cause for concern for all of the Eagles fans out there.

Like we said, we don’t blame any of Cooper’s teammates for being upset with him. He deserves it. But somehow, someway, they need to try and find some sort of common ground and put their personal feelings aside when they set foot on the football field on Monday night to take on the Washington Redskins. Otherwise, the Eagles are in for a looooooong season. We’ll be watching to see if this is the last time Cooper becomes a problem for the team.

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