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Philadelphia Eagles receiver Riley Cooper apologizes for racial slur

July 31, 2013|By Sam Farmer
  • Philadelphia wide receiver Riley Cooper has apologized after a video surfaced Wednesday of the Eagles wideout using a racial slur.
Philadelphia wide receiver Riley Cooper has apologized after a video surfaced… (Suchat Pederson / Associated…)

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Eagles receiver Riley Cooper has apologized for using a racial epithet in a video that surfaced Wednesday and immediately went viral.

In what looks to be a video shot with a cellphone, an agitated Cooper says, “I will jump that fence and fight every … in here,” using a slur for a black person.

The video, which reportedly was shot June 8 at a Kenny Chesney concert at Lincoln Financial Field, first appeared on CrossingBroad.com.

Cooper, who is a key player for a team that just lost receiver Jeremy Maclin to a season-ending knee injury, released an apology through the team and on Twitter:

“I am so ashamed and disgusted with myself,” he said. “I want to apologize. I have been offensive. I have apologized to my coach, to [Eagles owner] Jeffrey Lurie, to [General Manager] Howie Roseman and to my teammates. I owe an apology to the fans and to this community. I am so ashamed, but there are no excuses. What I did was wrong and I will accept the consequences.”

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