Days after rap stars Lil Wayne and Bun B revealed mixed reactions to ousted NFL player Riley Cooper using the N-word in a recent rant, the wide receiver has returned to the Philadelphia Eagles.
While details are still surfacing, reports claim Cooper is back with his Philly teammates.
Wide receiver Riley Cooper, who has been excused from team activities after using a racial slur at a concert in June, was at the Philadelphia Eagles’ facility Tuesday morning, league sources said. The purpose for Cooper’s presence is not known at this time. The Eagles excused Cooper and sent him for training after video of his remark, made at a Kenny Chesney concert in June, surfaced last week. The team said Sunday that Cooper informed the club of the threats and did not know who made them. The team has notified the league’s security department. Cooper was fined by the Eagles after his slur became known Wednesday. He left the team Friday to seek counseling. (ESPN)
This week UGK’s Bun B said fans should let Riley deal with the consequences of his actions by himself.
“He obviously knows he messed up,” Bun said in an interview. “He’s man enough to go out there and say ‘I messed up,’ and I think he’s more concerned about what his mama will do — and he’s got a long football season in order to deal with the ramifications. … A lot of people forgive him, his teammates forgive him and they know him better than I guess we do. … We got bigger things to worry about than that. It’s a bigger issue behind the whole word.” (Real Talk NY)
A few days ago, Young Money head Lil Wayne showed no affection toward the player and publicly called him out.
“Riley Cooper kan suk my ….,” Wayne tweeted July 31. (Lil Wayne’s Twitter)
Following the massive press, Cooper decided to remove himself from Eagles activities.
Two days after Cooper was fined for his racially insensitive comment made at a Kenny Chesney concert, the Eagles wide receiver on Friday decided to step away from the team. “Right now, I think it’s important for me to take some time to reflect on this situation,” Cooper said in a statement released by the team. “The organization and my teammates have been extremely supportive, but I also realize that there are people who will have a tough time forgiving me for what I’ve done. The best thing for me, and for the team, is to step away for a period of time. (NFL)