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I just finished watching ESPN's coverage of Riley Cooper of the Philadelphia Eagles and Cooper's use of the N-word while out on the town. Cooper said admitted to using the word and said he had been drinking at the the time. The drinking is an excuse and not a reason. Too many people go down that road when they've done something wrong. Cooper apologized and his apology seems sincere to most. His teammates are accepting that apology as well. Some people want to throw Cooper under the bus for this (especially ESPN). How is what Cooper did different from a black teammate using the N-word toward another black teammate or using the word to talk about others of their own race? I don't see a difference. If the media and even African-Americans are going to jump down Riley's throat and call for sensitivity training, then they also need to have those other members of the same race for using that same word in referring to each other go through the same training. That same word is used in hip-hop music. Why aren't we calling for those "artists" to go through some kind of sensitivity training? We know the answer to that question. It seems like it is acceptable for members of one race to use the derogatory term in referring to the member of the same race, but don't let someone who has a different skin color do it. No, you'll be raked over the coals and hung out to dry. Very few, if any will come to your defense. Instead they'll slowly back away from you. ESPN, and it seems like the Philadelphia media are making this into a huge story. They seem to be missing the boat on the same race references. Anyone who has been around athletes know this goes on. Most days all you have to do is look at their social media postings and you see references to this from members of the same race as well, but nothing is said. The N-word is nasty and ANYONE who uses it, needs to rethink that kind of racial reference. All it shows is how ignorant you are that you have to use that word because you can't think of anything else to say.
August 1, 2013  06:24 PM ET

Thanks for posting this RZ.. there is NOBODY in this country that hasn't uttered a 'slur' of some kind.. I have.. in this day and age just be sure there isn't a camera phone or some kind of video recorder around when you utter something like that.. that was Riley Cooper's mistake.. and it took 55 days.. almost 2 months.. for it to become public.. why so long??.. did whoever tape it wait for the attention from Paula Deen & the Zimmerman-Martin trial to die down so this could be the next all white people are racist hot-line topic??..
The 'word' is offensive to people and ALL PEOPLE.. black & white.. need to STOP USING IT

August 2, 2013  08:49 AM ET

Jim Rome was saying yesterday that the Eagles owner should see about having Cooper cut. He based his comments on the fact that Cooper wanted to go backstage at a Kenny Chesney concert and the black security guard wouldn't let him. That is when Cooper went on his tirade.
Like I said, what Cooper did was wrong, but this racial slur thing goes down both sides of the street. Folks need to be just as upset with people of the same skin color using the same word that Cooper did.

August 2, 2013  08:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Jim Rome was saying yesterday that the Eagles owner should see about having Cooper cut. He based his comments on the fact that Cooper wanted to go backstage at a Kenny Chesney concert and the black security guard wouldn't let him. That is when Cooper went on his tirade.Like I said, what Cooper did was wrong, but this racial slur thing goes down both sides of the street. Folks need to be just as upset with people of the same skin color using the same word that Cooper did.

Riley used the er word in a derogatory fashion. Black folks use the n word with an a on the end.

Huge difference. Not surprising some don't get it. But, they are probably posting from the comfort of their gated suburban community and have bever had much intraction with those people.

August 2, 2013  08:55 AM ET

*never*

August 2, 2013  12:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Riley used the er word in a derogatory fashion. Black folks use the n word with an a on the end.Huge difference. Not surprising some don't get it. But, they are probably posting from the comfort of their gated suburban community and have bever had much intraction with those people.

So what you're saying.. as long as people don't use that word in a derogatory manner and with an 'a' at the end.. its OK??

August 2, 2013  03:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Riley used the er word in a derogatory fashion. Black folks use the n word with an a on the end.Huge difference. Not surprising some don't get it. But, they are probably posting from the comfort of their gated suburban community and have bever had much intraction with those people.

What does putting an 'a' on the end of the word really matter? It means the same. Does it mean something different if a black person addresses another by the term, "hey n-." That makes it all right? I'm just asking. I was raised to believe that word was something that never should be spoken by anyone, no matter what their skin color is.
Obviously, we are thinking on opposite sides of the fence on this issue. And for the record, I don't live in a gated suburban community. My next door neighbor is black. I work with blacks. I help coach school sports teams. As a coach, I will NEVER tolerate the use of the word no matter who uses it.
Was Cooper wrong to use the word? Definitely yes. Should others (no matter the skin color) receive the same kind of sanctions and treatment by league officials? Yes...that is if the NFL is truly serious about addressing this issue. If not, then the sanctions and punishment is useless.

August 2, 2013  09:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Thanks for posting this RZ.. there is NOBODY in this country that hasn't uttered a 'slur' of some kind.. I have.. in this day and age just be sure there isn't a camera phone or some kind of video recorder around when you utter something like that.. that was Riley Cooper's mistake.. and it took 55 days.. almost 2 months.. for it to become public.. why so long??.. did whoever tape it wait for the attention from Paula Deen & the Zimmerman-Martin trial to die down so this could be the next all white people are racist hot-line topic??..The 'word' is offensive to people and ALL PEOPLE.. black & white.. need to STOP USING IT

Agree......and well said.

August 2, 2013  09:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Jim Rome was saying yesterday that the Eagles owner should see about having Cooper cut. He based his comments on the fact that Cooper wanted to go backstage at a Kenny Chesney concert and the black security guard wouldn't let him. That is when Cooper went on his tirade. Like I said, what Cooper did was wrong, but this racial slur thing goes down both sides of the street. Folks need to be just as upset with people of the same skin color using the same word that Cooper did.

Agree with this too......also well said.

August 2, 2013  09:58 PM ET

It really irks me, when people say something offensive, then blame the booze.......my mother and grandmother always said that people don't say things when they are drunk, that they weren't already thinking when they were sober.........I totally believe that.

August 2, 2013  09:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

What does putting an 'a' on the end of the word really matter? It means the same. Does it mean something different if a black person addresses another by the term, "hey n-." That makes it all right? I'm just asking. I was raised to believe that word was something that never should be spoken by anyone, no matter what their skin color is. Obviously, we are thinking on opposite sides of the fence on this issue. And for the record, I don't live in a gated suburban community. My next door neighbor is black. I work with blacks. I help coach school sports teams. As a coach, I will NEVER tolerate the use of the word no matter who uses it. Was Cooper wrong to use the word? Definitely yes. Should others (no matter the skin color) receive the same kind of sanctions and treatment by league officials? Yes...that is if the NFL is truly serious about addressing this issue. If not, then the sanctions and punishment is useless.

Good question.

And good blog, RZ

August 2, 2013  10:02 PM ET

It comes down to the question of redemption. A player kills someone in a drunk driving incident - gets his job back. A player viciously kills animals in a dogfighting ring - gets his job back. But if a player says something stupid - he has to lose his job?

Our priorities are completely out of whack here.

August 2, 2013  10:09 PM ET
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It comes down to the question of redemption. A player kills someone in a drunk driving incident - gets his job back. A player viciously kills animals in a dogfighting ring - gets his job back. But if a player says something stupid - he has to lose his job?Our priorities are completely out of whack here.

This^^

August 2, 2013  10:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

It comes down to the question of redemption. A player kills someone in a drunk driving incident - gets his job back. A player viciously kills animals in a dogfighting ring - gets his job back. But if a player says something stupid - he has to lose his job?Our priorities are completely out of whack here.

Points.

August 2, 2013  10:22 PM ET
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Zebra Points.

Fixed!

Save em up and some day you may just have enough to cash em in.

August 2, 2013  10:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Fixed!Save em up and some day you may just have enough to cash em in.

Zebra points are black and white. They're like a racism "Get of Jail Free" card!!

August 2, 2013  11:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

It comes down to the question of redemption. A player kills someone in a drunk driving incident - gets his job back. A player viciously kills animals in a dogfighting ring - gets his job back. But if a player says something stupid - he has to lose his job?Our priorities are completely out of whack here.

Spot on.

 
August 5, 2013  10:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

It comes down to the question of redemption. A player kills someone in a drunk driving incident - gets his job back. A player viciously kills animals in a dogfighting ring - gets his job back. But if a player says something stupid - he has to lose his job?

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