Michael Vick Forgives Apologetic Riley Cooper
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper apologized to his team in person and to the world via Twitter after video of him using a racial slur at a Kenny Chesney in Philadelphia in June went viral. Cooper said he had a disagreement with an African American security guard at the concert and said “something completely disgusting”. He admitted to drinking that night, but added that was no excuse for what he said.
Cooper was chastised and fined an undisclosed amount by the team and rebuked by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, but Goodell said there would be no further punishment by the league. Cooper’s biggest issue is with his teammates. To his credit, he apologized immediately and accepted full responsibility for his actions. He stood before his team mates, many of whom are African American, and asked forgiveness. Quarterback Michael Vick, who did jail time for having a dog fighting ring and who knows a thing or two about forgiveness, said he forgave Cooper and that the team will handle it and move forward.
Cooper is in his fourth year with Philadelphia. Last year, he caught 23 passes for 248 yards and three touchdowns. He is expected to be the number two receiver on the team this year with Jeremy Macklin out for the season with a torn ACL.