Riley Cooper will not be punished by the NFL but will be fined an undisclosed amount by the Eagles after the wide receiver was caught on video yelling a racial slur at a Kenny Chesney concert back in June.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said that he believes in the sincerity of Cooper’s apology and is content with the punishment that was placed upon him by the Eagles.
“Obviously we stand for diversity and inclusion. Comments like that, they are obviously wrong, they are offensive and they are unacceptable. There is no one that feels stronger about that than the NFL, our teams and our players. He has accepted responsibility for it. He has spoken to his team. He has been disciplined by the club and will go through some training with the club to understand,” Goodell said on the ESPN radio show Mike & Mike on Thursday morning.
The Eagles were back at it for training camp on Thursday, with Cooper and many other players asked about the comments that were made.
The responses were mixed, but the general sentiment of moving forward was exhibited regardless of the feelings towards what occurred.
Cooper’s role on the Eagles will be quite different this season, as he will be the No.2 receiver on the team with Jeremy Maclin being out the entire season with an ACL tear. Cooper and DeSean Jackson will be the go-to targets.
It’s unclear at this point how the incident that took place at the concert will affect Cooper’s role going forward.