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.
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.
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.