Philadelphia Eagles receiver Riley Cooper was involved in an incident that was captured on tape where he used a racial slur after becoming frustrated while attending a Kenny Chesney concert at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field. “I will jump that fence and fight every (n-word) here, bro," Cooper said. The video went viral on Wednesday and Cooper had to address the issue.
He was fined by the team and quickly issued an apology, Yahoo Sports reported.
“I am so ashamed and disgusted with myself. I want to apologize. I have been offensive. I have apologized to my coach, to Jeffrey Lurie, to Howie Roseman and to my teammates. 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.”
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie issued a statement of his own:
“We are shocked and appalled by Riley Cooper’s words. This sort of behavior or attitude from anyone has no role in a civil society. He has accepted responsibility for his words and his actions. He has been fined for this incident.”
Cooper said he had a confrontation with a black security guard and that he was drinking.
"I don't use that term," Cooper said. "I was raised way better than that. I've got a great mom and dad at home. They are disgusted by my actions. This is kind of the lowest of lows. This isn't the type of person that I am."
Cooper planned to speak to his teammates about what happened.
"I’m going to tell them exactly what I’m telling you guys, how extremely sorry I am and how I should have never said what I said," Cooper said. "Most of the ones that know me know the type of person I am."
Marcus Vick, the brother of Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, tweeted that he'll give $1,000 to anyone who takes Cooper out. "I don't agree with what my brother is saying," Michael said.
A video of the incident is below: