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Riley Cooper

Leaves Philadelphia Eagles

After N-Word Threat

8/2/2013 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

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Philadelphia Eagles
wide receiver Riley Cooper needs some serious n-word counseling ... so much so he's taken a leave from the team.

A rep for the Eagles was blunt and to the point: "Riley Cooper will be seeking counseling and we have excused him from all team activities."

The rep says Riley needs to understand how his racist threats -- to fight every n***er at the Kenny Chesney concert -- are hurtful.

The team is hedging over whether Cooper will be welcome back.

For his part, Riley says, "The organization and my teammates have been extremely supportive, but I also realize that there are people who will have a tough time forgiving me for what I’ve done. The best thing for me, and for the team, is to step away for a period of time."

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mike53051    

Who cares!

414 days ago
17.

mike53051    

Why does anyone really care so much about this one word? I mean really, it's just a word.

414 days ago
18.

Pudding Tang    

City of brotherly love is not pleased.

414 days ago
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Pudding Tang    

City of brotherly love is not pleased.

414 days ago
20.

BeingReal    

Black people grinds my fcking gears. they say this stupid ass words all the time but expect no one else to use it. Ignorant ******s need toblearn to live by example. The Eagles are dumb asses. Other players can rape women, kill people and get susoended for one game but Rikey cant say ****** when he's drunk, and having a fight with someone? Fck this team. they suck anyway

414 days ago
21.

freaksloan    

If I say something that offends you, that is YOUR PROBLEM and NOT MINE.

If I can say something that UPSETS you, that just means I have POWER of YOU.

Would there be the same outcry if it was a BLACK player at a JAY-Z concert and he said the same thing about white people? The answer is NO!

414 days ago
22.

Cool Papa    

I cannot believe how many people are defending this vile, racist s***bag. This is why I need to be hired for TMZ Sports.

414 days ago
23.

B_Lew    

Kasuwell said it best "The hell with 9/11 ! All those people died who cares get over it !!! The hell with the holocaust all those people died who cares get over ... see How insensitive that sounds stop telling African Americans to get over ! Yes my mom can call me stupid I'll probably laugh it off and if a stranger calls me the same thing it would be a war of words if you can't understand that logic don't know what to tell you"

414 days ago
24.

Pudding Tang    

City of brotherly love is not pleased.

414 days ago
25.

Youphemism    

Gotta say, I detest racists and racism -- but if apologies count for anything, I thought this guy gave about the best one ever. It sounded sincere. If it was written by a lawyer, it's a lawyer I want to hire. If it was fake, then this guy has a career in acting. It was the precise opposite of Paula Deen's car wreck.

414 days ago
26.

Joao    

Guess that "apology" didn't save your ass. Next time, tough guy, you got something to say about/to a black guy SAY IT TO HIS FACE--and not when you have your posse to hide behind.

414 days ago
27.

feinburgrl    

RILEY COOPER got to understand that only non-white people can be racist.

414 days ago
28.

Trigga31    

Why were black people at the Kenny Chesney concert? How many could it have been? 2? This would be more impressive if he said it at a Public Enemy concert

414 days ago
29.

Vote2012    

It's ok for blacks to use the n word but when any white says it the world must come to an end, the media hypes this kind of stuff up as news, and brain dead people fall for it.

414 days ago
30.

tamtam    

All his teammates forgave him and they fined him. It is not even on Sportscenter anymore. He is doing this to try and save his endorsement dollars of which he will never get any ever again!

For the White people thinking he did nothing wrong, please understand they way he used that word was in a threatening manner towards a man that was trying to do his job!! Riley felt entitled because he plays football and the first thing he thought of to attack a person was based on race. That tells me what kind of person he is. I could care less about this story because I am sure his redneck butt used it all the time growing up. It is what it is.

414 days ago
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