Riley Cooper, 27, shocked the sports world in 2013 after he was filmed at a Kenny Chesney concert yelling racial slurs. More specifically, “I will fight every n****r here.”
The wide receiver made a public apology after the video surfaced and begged his teammates for forgiveness. The embarrassment that Cooper suffered was tremendous, and to this day he has had to live with what he said while continuing to play in the NFL, which is 68% African-American.
After a long 2014 season, things quieted down and the incident sort of blew over. But now, what he said has come back to haunt him.
If there is going to be a football player featured for the month of February – Black History Month – Riley Cooper is definitely the wrong guy.
After much criticism of the calendar, the Eagles issued a statement:
We do not oversee the production of the annual team calendar. We do not provide any input about the players who are featured or where those pictures appear in the calendar. The NFL licenses the production of that calendar to a third party and we do not have an opportunity to review the material.
Whether Cooper was put on the calendar for the month of February was intentional or not, he shouldn’t even have a spot in the almanac. His actions are inexcusable.
The Eagles may not be entirely responsible for this mishap, but hopefully whoever is will be held accountable. Ironic or not, sensitive issues like this cannot be overlooked.
— NFL WAGs (@NFLWags) February 13, 2015