Former Gator Riley Cooper apologizes for using racial slur in videotaped altercation
Former Florida and current Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper issued an apology via Twitter on Wednesday afternoon after videotape of him using a racial slur surfaced on the Internet.
The 25-year-old who grew up in Clearwater was videotaped during an altercation outside of a Kenny Chesney concert at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia last month. The video obtained by Crossingbroad.com shows Cooper using a racial slur that same evening.
According to the report, Eagles players Danny Watkins and Jason Kelce are seen in the video trying to calm down Cooper. It is unknown how the altercation began or what Cooper is really upset about.
Cooper points to the crowd and says “I will jump that fence and fight every (N-word) here, bro.”
You can see the videotape of the incident here.
Cooper apologized via his Twitter account Wednesday afternoon saying: "I am so ashamed and disgusted with myself. I want to apologize. I have been offensive. I have apologized to my coach, Jeffrey Lurie, and 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.
He added: "What I did was wrong and I will accept the consequences."
Cooper met with the media in Philadelphia Wednesday evening, and explained that he became involved in a confrontation with an African American securirty guard at the concert. He told reporters he has been fined "a good amount of money" by the NFL, but declined to discuss details.
The NFL issued a statment that read in part: "The NFL stands for diversity and inclusion. Comments like this are wrong, offensive, and unacceptable."
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement: "We are shocked and appalled by Riley Cooper’s words. 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, who has been with the Eagles since 2010, had 23 recpetions for 248 yards and three touchdowns last season.