Former Gator Riley Cooper’s fate up to the Eagles players
Eagles receiver (Former Florida Gator) Riley Cooper fate will likely be decided by the team along with management. As has been widely reported Cooper is presently not in camp and is seeking sensitivity counseling after a video of him making a racial slur became public.
According to multiple sources Cooper was receiving death treats because of his racial comments. The Eagles made the following statement yesterday concerning the treats after alerting NFL security:
Riley Cooper made us aware of the tweets when the video became public,” the team said in a statement. “He told us that he did not know about the video. He informed us he blocked the tweets because he did not know the person nor understand the context of what that person was threatening.
“We promptly alerted NFL security. This information potentially speaks to a legal issue that is a matter between Riley and the authorities. Our focus has been on Riley’s words and actions.”
The video of Cooper was taken at a Kenny Chesney concert in June. Cooper apologized profusely both Wednesday and Thursday.
Meanwhile, Chip Kelly the Eagles has said that his roster spot is not in roster spot is not in jeopardy.
Cooper has just 46 catches and five touchdowns in three years with the Eagles, but had been practicing with the starters after Jeremy Maclin’s season-ending knee injury.
During a press opportunity on Saturday he was asked when Cooper will return to the Eagles, Kelly said there’s no time frame.When we do, we’ll make sure we announce it so it’s not going to be a surprise to anybody,”
Once Cooper does return to the Eagles it is expected that he will meet with his teammates and have a chance to gauge their level of forgiveness. At the end of the day, Cooper must first gain the support of the Eagles locker room before he can expect to have the trust of the rest of the NFL.
So the future of Cooper will rest in how well his relationship with his teammates once he returns from his counciling.