Riley Cooper, the Eagles wide receiver who dropped the N-word on a security officer at a Kenny Chesney concert in June, was sent home from the team Friday. Philadelphia’s new coach, Chip Kelly, said Cooper will return to the Eagles after his leave, and there’s never been talk of cutting Riley.
While all’s clear on the Cooper front from Eagles camp (so far) today, Crossing Broad, the website which obtained the video and broke the story, has an interesting subplot – the people who sold the video attempted to reach out to Riley Cooper over social media for the last month, but were repeatedly rebuffed by the receiver.
It is unclear what the folks were looking for – money, tickets, who knows – and all of their tweets have been deleted, according to Crossing Broad, which viewed screen grabs of them.
But it sure sounds like there was some taunting involved. There was a Paula Deen mention. And an inquiry about why he wasn’t “taking the claims seriously.”
I wonder what Riley Cooper’s lawyers would have said about the tweets.
We may never know why Cooper ignored them – unless he sits down with ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi – but here’s a way the scenario could have played out:
Cooper to his lawyers: Hey guys, I was hammered at a concert and security wouldn’t let me backstage and I popped off to a security guard with a racial slur. It was reprehensible on my part. It’s the dumbest, most regrettable thing I’ve done in my life and I feel terrible. Now, some guys have video of it and are reaching out to me on twitter. They’re sort of taunting me about it. I deserve whatever is coming my way. What should I do?
Lawyer: Let’s get the police involved. We’ll see what these guys want, and if they try to extort you, the cops will grab ‘em. Then, you go to your teammates/coaches/front office and apologize. Then call a press conference to apologize to the fans for your behavior and hope they eventually forgive you. And then you mention the extortion attempt.
According to Crossing Broad, Riley Cooper decided to block the video owners on twitter. A week later, they sold the video for $150.
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