Three unnamed players (which is weak sauce to not use your name) came forward today and had less than supportive things to say to Philly.com about Cooper:
And there was one prominent Eagle who questioned the punishment – Cooper was fined an undisclosed amount – handed down by owner Jeffrey Lurie and new coach Chip Kelly.
“I’ll tell you one thing, if it was Andy Reid, he would have gotten more than a fine,” the player said on the condition of anonymity.
Another veteran Eagles player said that he could not get past Cooper using the n-word and that he didn’t think he would ever speak to him again.
“The coaches are saying we should think team first, but this is just crazy,” the player said. “Was he thinking about the team when he said that?”
However, another Eagles player said that there is a definite line being drawn between players who were ready to move on after the incident and those that aren’t sure if they can forget what Cooper said.
“If he’s on the team, he’s on the team,” the player said. “Don’t mean I have to like him.”
That’s… not good.
Jason Kelce, who was with Cooper at the Kenny Chesney concert and can be seen in the video trying to calm his friend down, told Philly.com that Cooper can “get a little bit out of control,” a claimed backed by this video:
“Riley was my friend before the fact and he’s still my friend and teammate going forward,” Kelce said Thursday. “Anybody that really knows him knows he’s not a racist … but sometimes he can get a little bit out of control. We were both pretty intoxicated on the day.”
Meanwhile, even media folks were willing to take shots at Cooper. On Philly Sports Talk Live (and its very blue set), Geoff Mosher estimated that more than half the time Cooper acts arrogantly towards reporters and often refers to himself in the third person.
Tiny pebbles. Tiny. Pebbles.