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Roger Goodell: Team punishment of Riley Cooper is enough

August 01, 2013|By Sam Farmer

PHILADELPHIA -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday that the league will not be taking any additional action against Philadelphia Eagles receiver Riley Cooper, who has been fined by the team for using a racial slur in a viral video.

In an appearance with Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic on ESPN radio, Goodell called Cooper’s transgression offensive and unacceptable, and explained why the league has decided not to punish him under the personal-conduct policy.

“We do not penalize at the club level and league level for same incident,” Goodell said, according to ProFootballTalk.com. “We will not be taking action separately from the club.”

The commissioner was asked why he doesn’t object to the use of Redskins, and if there’s a reasonable comparison to the epithet Cooper used.

 “I don’t see a comparison,” Goodell said. “That’s a name that has always represented pride, heritage, tradition; the things that, I think, have made Redskins fans so proud of that name. And they have always presented the Redskins in a positive light. We have to continue to be open and continue to listen, but we also want to make sure we’re doing what’s right to encourage that heritage and that pride we have in the Redskins name.”

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