Just what a rebuilding franchise does not want: lingering, non-football controversy that tears organizations in half.
A few days after a video of Philadelphia Eagles WR Riley Cooper saying a racial slur at a Kenny Chesney concert surfaced, the Eagles have announced that Cooper has been temporarily excused. Cooper will also seek counseling.
As we have said, Riley Cooper will be seeking counseling and we have excused him from all team activities. This is all new territory and we are going to evaluate this timetable every step of the way. He will meet with professionals provided by the Eagles during this period of time to better help him understand how his words have hurt so many, including his teammates.
Cooper, who was fined, also released a statement, and long story short it was about how he made a mistake, regrets it, his teammates have been supportive, others haven’t and Cooper understands it.
At this point, making a statement is all he can do.
Cooper’s reputation is tarnished, and he certainly isn’t viewed as a role model. QB Michael Vick has been supportive of Cooper, but RB LeSean McCoy does not share Vick’s view, and rightfully so.
Cooper’s job may be in jeopardy, especially if this issue lingers on throughout the regular season. If this stays in Philly’s spotlight, Cooper will be hitting the market. This temporary leave may not be enough to push this situation away.