The Riley Cooper saga doesn’t appear to be going anywhere as of Friday morning as we have reached the newest climax in an incident that has sent shockwaves throughout the NFL and the country as Riley Cooper’s unfortunate choice of words at a Kenny Chesney concert has sparked a national incident.
Now it appears that Cooper is going to take some time away from the team to seek counselling, being excused from team activities in the meantime according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Embattled Eagles WR Riley Cooper announced he is stepping away from the team “for a period of time.”
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 2, 2013
As most people know, Cooper was caught on camera saying “I will fight every n***** in here” at a country music concert, the video was leaked by CrossingBroad.com and went viral instantly, sending Cooper’s life into a tailspin and starting a controversy that has engulfed the city of Philadelphia and the Eagles as his teammates try to come to terms with Cooper’s bigoted word usage.
Some players, including Mike Vick have decided to forgive and forget, not letting the unfortunate choice of Cooper get in the way of a teammate they might know better than an outside bystander forming an opinion. Others on the Eagles have said they have lost the respect of a friend and a teammate after Cooper called around 67% of the NFL a racial slur.
The stress of the situation has clearly gotten to Cooper as he has revealed already that he can’t sleep or eat, and now that stress has resulted in him stepping away from the team, telling @RapSheet of NFL.com that he feels “disgusted” the more he thinks about that night and what he did.
Cooper: “More I think about what I did, the more disgusted I get. I keep trying to figure out how I could have said something so repulsive”
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 2, 2013
Cooper leaving the team indefinitely will be a blow for the Eagles on the football field as they lost Jeremy Maclin to a season ending injury last week and the promising big target in Cooper may never play another game for the Eagles again a this has clearly became a distraction. It is likely that once the media storm calms down and the controversy goes away that Cooper can return to an Eagles team that learned to embrace Mike Vick’s bad PR, but for now it seems that the potential of Cooper getting cut is now in play.
There is always a spot in the NFL for you if you have enough talent, and the actions of Cooper are one isolated incident in a drunken stupor. Some can forgive and forget and have already, but racial slurs are no light matter and some people will never forget what Cooper said. It appears right now Cooper is learning that fact and struggling with the fact that his hateful words have generated so much hate back in his direction and have affected so many people. Stepping away from the Eagles was the right choice for both Cooper and the team as they all try to make sense over something very shocking.