PHILADELPHIA (CBSMiami) – Former Florida Gators wide receiver Riley Cooper will not face additional punishment from the NFL after a tape caught the Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver using a racial slur while at a concert.
The story surrounding Cooper started out with a YouTube video that was picked up by several sports blogs, most notably Deadspin.com. In the video, Cooper said at one point that he “would jump that fence and fight every n***** here.” Deadspin reported Cooper was upset over being denied backstage access at a Kenny Chesney concert.
The video quickly went viral and within a short time, Cooper issued an apology and revealed that he was fined a “good amount of money” by the Eagles.
“I am so ashamed and disgusted with myself,” Cooper wrote. “I want to apologize. I have been offensive…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.”
However, he will remain on the Eagles roster, at least for the present time because the team needs him to fill the void left when Jeremy Maclin was injured.
The Eagles described themselves as “shocked and appalled” by Cooper’s comments.
“This sort of behavior or attitude from anyone has no role in a civil society,” Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement Wednesday. “He has accepted responsibility for his words and his actions. He has been fined for this incident.”
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick said that he has forgiven Cooper for what he said, but Vick’s brother Marcus threatened to put a $1,000 bounty on Cooper’s head if another player laid him out. Marcus Vick made the threat on Twitter, then took his Twitter account offline.