The NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles have wide receiver Riley Cooper, who is white, as the featured player on their calendar for February – Black History Month. Cooper, 27, came under fire from making racially insensitive remarks while attending a concert nearly two years ago.
The team for their part maintains the calendar was out of their hands. “We do not oversee the production of the annual team calendar,” the Eagles said in a press release, reported ESPN.
We do not provide any input about the players who are featured or where those pictures appear in the calendar. The NFL licenses the production of that calendar to a third party, and we do not have an opportunity to review the material.
“If anything, it was an honest mistake,” Eagles PR representative Brett Strohsacker told TMZ Sports.
In July 2013, a video was leaked of an irate Cooper at a Kenny Chesney concert in Philadelphia the previous month. The Eagles player was upset he was not allowed backstage by security, which led to this reprehensible statement “I will jump that fence and fight every n***er here.” Cooper later apologized:
I have been offensive. I have apologized to my coach, to Jeffrey Lurie, to Howie Roseman, and to my teammates. I owe an apology to the fans and to this community. I am so ashamed, but there are no excuses. What I did was wrong and I will accept the consequences.
The team told TMZ at the time: “This sort of behavior or attitude from anyone has no role in a civil society.” Cooper was later fined an undisclosed amount by the Eagles.
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h/t: IJ Review