The Philadelphia Eagles announced on Monday that they have released veteran wide receiver Riley Cooper.
Cooper, a fifth-round pick of the Eagles in 2010 out of Florida, has been a lightning rod in Philadelphia, and especially in the African American community after he made national headlines in 2013 when he was was caught on camera saying, “I will jump that fence and fight every n----- here.”
He directed those comments at a female African-American security guard during a Kenny Chesney concert at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
The incident caused a rift in the Eagles locker room that was quickly patched with an emotional apology byCooper, a few days off and a vouch by then starting quarterback Michael Vick that Cooper wasn’t a racist.
In 88 games (54 starts), Cooper recorded 169 receptions for 2,418 yards and 18 touchdowns during his six years with the team.