Riley Cooper's presence could tear Eagles apart

Riley Cooper of the Philadelphia Eagles has apologized for using a racial slur but it might not be...

Riley Cooper of the Philadelphia Eagles has apologized for using a racial slur but it might not be enough for some of his teammates and could cause a rift in the Eagles locker room. (Getty Images/AFP)

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:41 PM ET

The Philadelphia Eagles’ biggest foe this season could be the enemy within.

Simmering tension over Riley Cooper’s insensitive utterance of a racial slur at a Kenny Chesney concert could become the elephant in the locker room.

Maybe it was the booze talking.

Cooper said in an apology that he had been drinking that night. Perhaps it suggests a character flaw.

The whys and wherefores and mea culpas don’t matter much. They won’t make the hurt go away.

And, how this all plays out, is too soon to predict.

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick said Cooper’s use of a term freely used by rappers — but still considered socially unacceptable, and particularly so when used by anyone who isn’t African American — has “shocked and appalled” teammates.

The Eagles said Friday that Cooper has been excused from training camp and will be undergoing counselling and sensitivity training. He has also been fined by the club.

 


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