Chesney doesn’t want Eagles WRs racist rant to reflect on his fans

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Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper says the video of him using the N-word at a Kenny Chesney concert is ‘the lowest of lows. … This isn’t the type of person I am.’

As Riley Cooper works to rehabilitate his image after spewing a racial slur at a Kenny Chesney concert, the country star wants to make sure one bad apple doesn’t spoil the bunch.

“To judge an entire audience by one loud mouth isn’t fair,” Chesney told ESPN.com “(It’s not fair) to the NFL, not to the city of Philadelphia and that awesome crowd, not to my band and crew and certainly not to me, who believes music is about bringing people together for friendship and forgetting about the things in life that bring you down.

“The music I make is about living life, loving life and loving everybody — no matter who they are. That’s how I was raised, and what someone else does or says doesn’t reflect who I am or what my fans stand for.”

Cooper came under fire Wednesday when a Philadelphia sports blog, CrossingBroad.com, published a video that showed the 25-year-old wide receiver using the N-word at a Chesney show at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field.

A shamed Cooper told reporters on Wednesday that he had been drinking at the June concert before blurting out, “I will jump that fence and fight every n—– in here, bro,” at a black security guard.

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Kenny Chesney thinks it’s unfair to paint his fans with the same brush as Riley Cooper.

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Kenny Chesney thinks it’s unfair to paint his fans with the same brush as Riley Cooper.

“This is the lowest of lows,” Cooper said after the video surfaced. “This is not the type of person I want to be portrayed as. This isn’t the type of person I am. I’m extremely sorry.”

“I’m as shocked as anyone to see the video of Riley Cooper that’s started circulating on the internet,” Chesney told ESPN. “I don’t believe in discrimination in any form, and I think using language like that is not only unacceptable, it is hateful beyond words.”

Cooper was fined an undisclosed amount by the Eagles on Wednesday, and the wide receiver indicated that it was a significant amount. The NFL is leaving the discipline in the Eagles’ hands, and the team is not done addressing the issue with Cooper, who was back at training camp on Thursday.

“In meeting with Riley yesterday, we decided together that his next step will be to seek outside assistance to help him fully understand the impact of his words and actions,” the team said in a statement issued Thursday afternoon. “He needs to reflect. As an organization, we will provide the resources he needs to do so.”

Michael Vick, who knows what it’s like to be the villain in the eye of the public, said that he has forgiven Cooper, but other Eagles weren’t so quick to turn the other cheek.

Running back LeSean McCoy told CSNPhilly.com that he “can’t really respect a guy like that,” adding that he felt like he lost a friend after hearing Cooper’s comments.


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