Written by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)
Edited by: Matt Shock (@shockwave_music)
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Just a few short days ago, the Philadelphia Eagles announced that wide receiver, Riley Cooper, has been excused from all team activities as he receives counseling for his use of a racial slur while at a Kenny Chesney almost two months ago. While some idiotic/brain dead people want to toss the blame on Kenny Chesney and yes, even Urban Meyer (Cooper's former coach at Florida), when it comes down to it, this entirely falls on the shoulders of Cooper.
I understand that Cooper was highly intoxicated and according to Mike Tyson, we do some pretty stupid stuff when we are messed up. Trust me, I went to college. That still doesn’t excuse the fact that Riley Cooper is a professional athlete (whether he is good or not) and due to the social media world that we live in today, you always have to be looking over your shoulder. Cooper may be the #4 receiver for the Eagles, but he is still a professional football player. Saying whatever you want in the comfort of your own home is one thing, but when you are in public and drunk as a skunk, phones have cameras now folks, and everybody is looking for their ten seconds of fame.
There is no question that Cooper was the drunk one and he made the racial comment, but why should anybody be allowed to say that word? Don’t get me wrong, the blame is completely on Mr. Cooper and his buddy, alcohol, but if any word is used as a slur by anyone, it shouldn’t be used. I frankly don’t care what social group you belong to, no word is “yours”, especially if it is a racial slur. We live in a country of equality these days and my thought is if certain things or words upset/worry people, it doesn’t make sense for anybody to act in that manner. I am personally not a fan of the “N” word and I don’t care if you are Black, White, Hispanic, Asian or Green, it is used as a derogatory word for all kinds and it upsets you just as much as it upsets somebody else.
I don’t believe that Cooper should be titled a racist after his recent slip up because we all make mistakes. Even though I feel bad for the guy, it was completely his fault and whether it was a mistake or not, that mistake may have cost him close friends, his career, and most of all, respect.