Eagles to seek ‘outside assistance’ for Riley Cooper

Brian McIntyre
Shutdown Corner

Wide receiver Riley Cooper "shocked and appalled" the Philadelphia Eagles, his employer, by using a racial slur while attending a recent Kenny Chesney concert at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

Cooper has apologized for his comments, both in a statement released by the team and publicly to the local media. Some of Cooper's African-American teammates, including quarterback Michael Vick and wide receiver Jason Avant, who is competing with Cooper for a starting job, have come to his defense.

On Thursday, the Eagles released a statement saying that they will seek "outside assistance" to help Cooper understand the severity of his actions.

"In meeting with Riley yesterday, we decided together that his next step will be to seek outside assistance to help him fully understand the impact of his words and actions. He needs to reflect. As an organization, we will provide the resources he needs to do so."

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told ESPN's "Mike & Mike" radio show that the NFL would not discipline Cooper, as that matter has been handled by the Eagles.

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

The Eagles have disclosed that Cooper has been fined, but declined to state the amount of that penalty. Article 42, Section 1(a)(xv) of the 2011 CBA pertains to "Conduct Detrimental to the Club" and allows the team to impose a maximum fine of an amount equal to one week's salary. For Cooper, who is due $630,000 in base salary this season, a one-week fine would be worth $37,059.

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