As the Riley Cooper scandal escalates, some say he should be forgiven because he made a mistake. But was his use of the “n” word really a mistake?
I’ve heard people like Michael Vick insinuating that Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper made a mistake when he used the “N” word at a Kenny Chesney concert, and people who make mistakes should be forgiven. The only problem is that I don’t think Cooper made a mistake, I think he said exactly what he meant to say, so what is there to forgive?
It’s obvious to me that Riley Cooper has used that word before in his life, as it didn’t seem to be used mistakenly in the video. Cooper has stated that his use of the word does not represent the type of person he really is. But what type of person might that be? Because a person who uses that word in the fashion that Cooper did, can only be construed a racist.
Maybe Cooper knew better than to show his true feelings in his professional life. But what difference does it make if he still harbors those feelings privately, and simply hid them in public? It doesn’t change who he really is. I tweeted a few days ago that sometimes alcohol can act as a truth serum, and at that moment of intoxication the true Riley Cooper was captured on video.
Cooper’s African-American teammates must be wondering what he’s really thinking about them as he interacts with them on and off the field. The Eagles have excused Cooper from the team while he gets counseling. But what is he being counseled for? For being a racist? Can a few counseling sessions really change Cooper’s perspective on people of another race?
Cooper stated that he is ashamed and sorry for his use of the “N” word. But I doubt Cooper would feel sorry at all if the video of him using the word hadn’t been leaked? I’d wager if the video didn’t exist, Cooper would still be using that word without shame, just like he did that night. I think Cooper is only ashamed that he was caught using the word, not that he actually used it.
At this point I think the Eagles either have to release Cooper or extend his time away from the team indefinitely. Otherwise this story will continue as an issue for them for the rest of the season. Some people don’t understand the cause for all of the controversy surrounding this issue, because the “N” word is used by some African Americans themselves.
But Cooper knowingly used the word as a tool of hate, not simply as an argumentative put down. That’s the difference. Cooper would never have used the word if the security officer involved had been white. And Cooper like all pro football players are essentially entertainers. They earn their living based on the public’s spending of their entertainment dollar.
And when most entertainers stray outside their chosen form of entertainment with political statements, criminal acts, or socially inflammatory diatribes, it can negatively affect their ability to earn as entertainers. Michael Vick understands this as he paid a considerable price financially while being incarcerated after his dog fighting scandal.
Which is why I think Cooper needs some time away from football for a while, maybe the entire season. For the Eagles and Cooper, trying to sweep this under the rug and move on quickly won’t make it go away. Time is the only thing that’s going to heal the wounds that Riley Cooper has opened.
- Riley Cooper Relieved Of Duties! (thasportsjunkies101.wordpress.com)
- Riley Cooper’s Grandma He Made His Racist Bed … He’s Gotta Sleep In It (getwritegossip.com)
- Riley Cooper Excused From Eagles, Will Focus on Counseling (thehollywoodgossip.com)
- Michael Vick on Riley Cooper: ‘I forgave him’ (usatoday.com)