Thursday Morning Blitz: Riley Cooper Apologizes and New Pro Bowl Format

Happy Thursday everyone. Training camp is in full swing, but that wasn’t what grabbed headlines on Wednesday. Yesterday afternoon a video was leaked by that captured Eagles’ WR Riley Cooper using the “N” word.

RileyCooperI am so ashamed and disgusted with myself,” Cooper said in a statement released by the team.  “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.”

In response, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said the team was “shocked any appalled by Riley Cooper’s words. This sort of behavior or attitude from anyone has no role in civil society.”

Lurie also noted Cooper was fined for his words.

“It was a good amount of money, but that’s not really important,” Cooper told reporters (via Ryan Messick of 97.3 ESPN).

Cooper, after meeting with reporters, met with him teammates to apologized.

“I’m going to tell them exactly what I’m telling you. I’m extremely sorry. I should have never said what I said,” Cooper said (via Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquire). “Most of the ones that know me, which excludes the rookies coming in, they know the kind of person I am.”

Teammates who have spoken to reporters have seemed to say they have forgiven Cooper.

“As a teammate I forgave [Cooper],” Michale Vick said (via CSN Philly’s Geoff Mosher). “I know what type of person he is. That’s what makes it hard to understand but easy to forgive him.”

“I just know him,” Jason Avant said. “He’s not racist.”

One person who wasn’t as forgiving is Michael Vick’s brother, Marcus, who tweeted he wanted to put a bounty on Cooper by offering $1,000 to a player to “light his ass up.” He also referred to Cooper as a “peace of shit.” Marcus later said his account was hacked.

Other news

  • The Pro Bowl’s current format is being nixed for a fantasy draft style game. The two leading vote getters will be the two captains and pick teams based on the other players selected as Pro Bowlers. For more on the new format, click here.
  • LB Nick Barnett has signed a one-year contract with the Redskins.

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