UPDATE: Vick and Cooper are back on speaking terms. Yay!
UPDATE: Sounds like Michael Vick and Riley Cooper have hugged it out. A spokesman for Vick tells NJ.com that the former Philadelphia Eagles teammates have spoken and that Vick's comments were blown out of proportion. Now can we please play football?
Michael Vick once did a very nice thing for Riley Cooper.
If you remember a year ago, the Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver came under fire when video surfaced of Cooper using a racial slur at a concert. The national media came down on his head and Cooper was in a tough spot. The first person who to his defense? Vick.
"We had guys (on the Eagles) talking about knocking him out, taking his head off, doing X, Y and Z to him on the field, and none of that happened, out of respect for myself I think," Vick said to ESPN (via the Newark Star-Ledger).
"I changed the whole dynamic of that situation, and that was a proud moment for me . . . I was able to save a young man's career, and that young man went on to have the greatest year of his career and get a contract that he probably never imagined he would get."
Eventually, the controversy passed, the season went off and Cooper even scored a new contract from the Eagles. Vick left Philadelphia, signing a free-agent deal with the New York Jets. But one thing has stuck in Vick's craw.
"A couple of things transpired since [the incident] that I dislike, and I'll be honest with you," Vick said to ESPN. "After he signed his contract, I sent him a text and I never got a text back, and that made me feel certain type of way. But I'm not the type of guy who holds grudges."
Fair enough. After all, Vick was there for Cooper in his time of need. Shouldn't Riley hold a special place for Vick in his mind? What if the roles had been reversed and it was Cooper who came to Mike's aid?
"I'd have you on speed dial. That's the only reason I say I hope Riley appreciates that," Vick said. "His life is his life and he played good football last year, and he was always like a little brother to me. But money should never change an individual, and I'm not saying it did that to Riley."
And despite his comments, Vick said he's ready to greet Cooper with open arms when the two teams meet on Thursday in the preseason finale. So, that's good. But still, come on Riley. Return your texts.