PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Eagles are setting up Riley Cooper with sensitivity training after the wide receiver was caught on video making a racial slur.
“In meeting with Riley yesterday, we decided together that his next step will be to seek outside assistance to help him fully understand the impact of his words and actions,” the team said in a statement Thursday. “He needs to reflect. As an organization, we will provide the resources he needs to do so.”
Cooper apologized profusely Wednesday after a video of him using the N-word at a Kenny Chesney concert last month surfaced on the Internet. The Eagles immediately fined him, and the league plans no further discipline.
“I know Riley made a heinous mistake,” Eagles coach Chip Kelly said. “I was appalled by it. I was actually shocked by it because since I’ve been here since April, that’s not the Riley Cooper I know. He accepted responsibility for it and he has to live with it, but I hope at some point in time we’ll have a chance to move on from it.
“But right now I don’t think it’s going to be something that’s going to go away very quickly.”
Cooper, who grew up in Clearwater, Fla., was selected in the fifth round of the 2010 draft by the Eagles out of the University of Florida. He has just 46 catches and five touchdowns in three years with the Eagles, but has been practicing with the starters since Jeremy Maclin’s season-ending injury last week.
Teammates Michael Vick, Jason Avant and others expressed forgiveness for Cooper. LeSean McCoy also said he forgives Cooper, but he doesn’t view him the same anymore.