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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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76.

The Boss    

Why did he want to fight poor Darius Rucker?That's the only black at a Kenny Chesney concert who was there by choice lol

390 days ago
77.

KellyH123    

I wish blacks would get over themselves. Yes you were slaves at one point. Get over it! Blacks are more racist than any other race out there.

390 days ago
78.

yanks    

I wonder how many "blacks" you would say that in front of or to. KELLY

390 days ago
79.

yanks    

Dqy of judgement will soon come to all you racist. Hope you'll have a hell of a excuse. Smdh

390 days ago
80.

JennA    

So many people just don't understand the position that the Eagles HAVE to take in a situation like this. You can gripe all you want about rappers using the word and freedom of speech, blah blah blah. But this is a multi-million dollar corporation that is under the microscope because of one of their young player's drunken racist slurs. Their solution is to put him on some pre-season leave, he gets some "counseling" and apologizes profusely and they hope that it's enough to smooth things over with everybody. Anybody with the slightest understanding of PR knows that they had no choice in the matter.

390 days ago
81.

Buns n Roses    

This is bull****. Every race says the n word. Only black people are allow to call each other that? We all call each other that. Black, brown,yellow and even whites call each other that. These days it has a different meaning. Wake up and let's all love one another.

390 days ago
82.

Tony    

Good God, he was at a Kenny Chesney concert, doubt there were many blacks there so in reality was he calling a crowd of white dudes *****s as a term of endearment or did he call some black guys *****s? Either way if the NFL and Eagles say he needs counseling then every player black or white that uses that term needs to be treated the same way. Zero tolerance means zero tolerance, just like the principle in high school who suspended a black kid who was talking to his friends and called them *****s, the kid, his family and even Rev. Al protested but the principle stood his ground, the school has a zero tolerance policy against that word and I guess the NFL does too.. Must treat everyone equal and fair...

390 days ago
83.

Tony    

Good God, he was at a Kenny Chesney concert, doubt there were many blacks there so in reality was he calling a crowd of white dudes *****s as a term of endearment or did he call some black guys *****s? Either way if the NFL and Eagles say he needs counseling then every player black or white that uses that term needs to be treated the same way. Zero tolerance means zero tolerance, just like the principle in high school who suspended a black kid who was talking to his friends and called them *****s, the kid, his family and even Rev. Al protested but the principle stood his ground, the school has a zero tolerance policy against that word and I guess the NFL does too.. Must treat everyone equal and fair...

390 days ago
84.

Nat Turner    

White-skinned people don't see anything wrong with Riley Coopers threats of racial violence, they say it's no big deal. Would these same white-skinned people feel its an overblown issue if LeBron James threatened white homosexuals with the words "I'll beat up every fa**it over there".

David Stern will fine Roy Hibbert for saying "No Homo" at a press conference,  just imagine if Roy Hibbert was caught saying/threatening to "Beat up some fa**its.

White-skinned peoples responses have been:

390 days ago
85.

Nat Turner    

2.) "Dude, Rangle used the awful word "Cracker" and nobody cares dude" ( one Skinhead said he was traumatized by being called a food item (cracker) and that the painful historical legacy of the word "cracker" is reason for the word to be banned from food stores.

390 days ago
86.

Nat Turner    

4. "Dude, Mike Vick killed some dogs and Ray Lewis murdered a dude so it's okay to use threats of racial violence and not cause controversy"
(one Aryan Nation member said that threatening to beat up ******s is normal white male behavior and therefore should be applauded and not punished.

390 days ago
87.

Nat Turner    

It's fascinating to see peoples reactions and rationalizations, white-skinned people so desperately want to use the racial slur that they invented to dehumanize us, LOL, I could never be sick-minded enough to justify using homophobic slurs just because I heard some homosexuals use the slurs amongst themselves in jest but hey Im non-white so race-hatred ain't in my blood.

390 days ago
88.

Kortnee J    

If it's not that big of a deal, why do you people direct it towards black people out of anger, KNOWING it's gets under their skin and 9/10 wont end in a nice way. There are TONS of other words to use besides the N word, so use them! For those of you saying black people use it, yes, THEY use it, not you. It's called crossing the line. My GFs and I call each other b****es all the time, but you know not to call someone you don't know a b****... It's 2013, stop acting like this is all brand new to you, and as if you don't know the history behind the word! You people know what buttons not to push, so stop trying to go there with them. Simple

390 days ago
89.

Mayu    

OMG now we need counseling if we use the "n" word? That is f-u-c-k-i-n-g- CRAZY. What the hell is wrong with America? Have been become so p-u-s-s-i-f-i-e-d?

390 days ago
90.

tal0822    

How sad and pathetic these people are. All this drama over a word. He said it while drunk, he apologized, it should be over. It's ok for rappers to say this word as well as all kinds of other derogatory words towards women, in their songs and intend it to be heard by kids, both white and black, and then people get surprised when it is repeated in public? Nobody should use this word, whether they are black or white. But to punish an otherwise good person more saying it while drunk off his butt, is just stupid and pathetic!!

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