*Riley Cooper, the embattled wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles who was caught on tape saying, “I’ll fight any n*gger here!” at a Kenny Chesney concert in June is keeping the NFL’s media department plenty busy.
The Philadelphia Eagles released another statement, albeit confusing on the surface, in apparent response to a report published on CrossingBroad.com; the first outlet to post the racially-charged Cooper video. The website claims Cooper was made aware of the footage by the owner of the video “before reaching out to multiple local and national outlets.”
CrossingBroad.com says the video was spread among a “small group of friends, several of whom contacted Cooper” over Twitter. Cooper told reporters Wednesday that the video was brought to his attention just hours before it circulated on the Internet.
But here’s the thing: Cooper told his team he was not aware of the video.
The Eagles statement reads,
“Riley Cooper made us aware of the tweets when the video became public. He told us that he did not know about the video. He informed us he blocked the tweets because he did not know the person nor understand the context of what that person was threatening. We promptly alerted NFL Security. This information potentially speaks to a legal issue that is a matter between Riley and the authorities. Our focus has been on Riley’s words and actions.”
Interesting choice of words yes? The section about the case potentially pointing “to a legal issue that is a matter between Riley and the authorities.”
Cooper was fined by the Eagles two days before he decided to step away from the team. The Eagles have excused Cooper from all team activities, but have not vowed to cut any permanent ties with the player as of now.