Eagles Excuse Riley Cooper From Team To Focus On Counseling

Source: Nate Davis / USA Today

It seems that in hopes of moving forward from the controversy surrounding wide receiver Riley Cooper, he and the Philadelphia Eagles are taking a step back from football.

The team announced Friday that the fourth-year player is essentially taking a leave of absence from training camp to meet with counselors. It’s been two days since video from a Kenny Chesney concert in June showed Cooper, intoxicated at the time, using a racial slur toward an African-American security guard.

“As we have said, Riley Cooper will be seeking counseling and we have excused him from all team activities,” the Eagles said in a statement. “This is all new territory and we are going to evaluate this timetable every step of the way. He will meet with professionals provided by the Eagles during this period of time to better help him understand how his words have hurt so many, including his teammates.”

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  • babydawg

    Riley Cooper is seeking counseling because he is ashamed to face his teammates in training camp. He needs to man up and go to work at what he is being paid for. He screwed up and now he needs to face the music. Hiding won’t help him!