December 9, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper (14) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23-21. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Riley Cooper is Single-Handedly Dividing the Philadelphia Eagles' Locker Room

The Philadelphia Eagles were already in a great amount of turmoil after the loss of wide receiver Jeremy Maclin for the season. Now, the man that was supposed to replace him is making matters even worse. At this time, most have seen the video containing wide receiver Riley Cooper‘s racial slur. It is safe to say he was not thinking about the fallout after his actions at the time, but he is certainly dealing with it now.

Some of Cooper’s teammates have weighed in on their opinions regarding this situation. Some players have been more reserved, others have been quite outspoken. Due to the differences of each player’s opinion on Coopers actions and their acceptance or refusal of his apology, the Eagles’ locker room could be quickly divided.

ESPN interviewed running back LeSean McCoy about the incident. The always-outspoken running back had some choice words for his teammate:

Ain’t nothing to prove. He said how he felt. He’s still a teammate. I’m still going to block for him. I’m still gonna show great effort. Just on a friendship level, and as a person, I can’t really respect somebody like that. I think as a team, we need to move past it. There are some things that are going to be hard to work with, to be honest.

USA Today reported that quarterback Michael Vick had a completely different take on the situation:

Him being my brother, knowing him for so long, it’s hard to defend him saying that. At the same, time, it happened. We talked about it man to man, one on one. We just know that we have to some way move on. It’s a very delicate situation. But we all understand. Somehow we all have to find a way to get past it. That’s maturity in itself.

Safety Kurt Coleman relayed his own perspective:

I’m a man of mixed culture, I’m bi-racial, so I understand everything. Do I feel the comment was insensitive? Yeah. And he knows that. I’ve been called a lot of things. But I think Riley is a good man. I really do. I have his back. It’s going to build a lot of character in him. It’s a tough situation, but we’ve got to move together as a team.

Some teammates have his back. Others are solely putting up with Cooper simply because he is a teammate. It will still be a question of how much these guys will actually have his back once the season begins. There are a great deal of players on other teams that could be looking to target Cooper on the field.

Vick’s younger brother Marcus had some not-so-eloquent words about this. He offered a $1,000 bounty on Cooper and said, “first Free Safety or Strong safety that light his (butt) up! Wake him up please.”

Clearly, the Eagles not only have to deal with in-house problems after the fallout here, but they may be dealing with issues all season long when the team takes the field.

Of course, there will be a wait-and-see approach to this situation. But, so far, it does not look good for the Eagles organization.


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