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Eagles wide out Riley Cooper in trouble over racial comments

By Catherine Hawley, Reporter, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Jul 31 2013 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 01 2013 01:21:59 PM CDT

The Eagles are moving quickly to avoid a full-blown scandal in Philadelphia.

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -

The Eagles are moving quickly to avoid a full-blown scandal in Philadelphia. Video surfaced Wednesday of wide receiver Riley Cooper using a racial slur last month at a concert, and it quickly spread.

It's an eight-second video that's bound to have lasting consequences. Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper is seen on the cell phone video clearly upset at a concert last month. He can be heard saying "I will jump that fence and fight every [n-word] in here, bro."

Cooper admits he had been drinking that night, but didn't know the recording existed until Wednesday afternoon.

"There was a confrontation with me and one of the security guards," shared Cooper. "I said something that was absolutely disgusting and terrible, and I should not have handled it the way I handled it."

Owner Jeffrey Lurie released a statement saying, "We are shocked and appalled by Riley Cooper's words. This sort of behavior or attitude from anyone has no role in a civil society. He has accepted responsibility for his words and his actions. He has been fined for this incident."

Cooper called the slur offensive and issued an apology to the Eagles franchise, his teammates and fans.

"This is kind of the lowest of lows," explained Cooper. "This isn't the kind of person I want to be portrayed as, this isn't the type of person that I am."

But not everyone we spoke with bought Cooper's sorrow for the racially charged words.

"I just think that's a wrong thing to say, wrong thing to do," said Jacquelyn Wells. "That's a hurtful word, a very hurtful word to say to someone."

"It's an insincere apology," added Christopher Urena. "He has the money to pay it so he'll pay it, and he'll use it again."

It's unclear what lasting impact this will have for Cooper. With a season-ending injury to Jeremy Maclin, Cooper was expected to compete for a starting spot.