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Riley Cooper returns to practice after racial comment made national news

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

What a difference a day makes. Or at least that is what the Philadelphia Eagles are hoping.

This is definitely true when it comes to Riley Cooper. On Wednesday afternoon, a video came out that showed Cooper using a racial slur directed toward an African-American security guard.

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper catches a pass thrown on a fake play on a kickoff during a game against the New Orleans Saints
Riley Cooper catches a pass thrown on a fake play on a kickoff during a game against the New Orleans Saints (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

This incident happened on June 8th at the Kenny Chesney concert. But it took weeks for a news outlet to release the video, which spread like wildfire throughout the national news outlets.

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He allegedly knew about the video before it became public. At least that is what a report said.

Cooper was at practice today, where he was practicing with his teammates. Some of these players had to deal with this racial slur throughout their life.

Still, the word is unacceptable. Cooper was also requested to seek counseling by the Eagles.

“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,” said the Eagles in a statement. “He needs to reflect. As an organization, we will provide the resources he needs to do so.”

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Regardless of the comment, Cooper is still on track to start in Jeremy Maclin’s spot on Week 1. He became the favorite to start in Maclin’s place once Jeremy went down on Saturday with his torn ACL.

“I am so ashamed and disgusted with myself,” Cooper said on Twitter. “I want to apologize. I have been offensive. I have apologized to my coach, Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman, and 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.”

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Anthony Caruso III
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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the sports journalism field since 2002 and has covered numerous high-profile events, including 12 Heisman Trophy ceremonies.
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