Cooper reaction swift, profane, funny
Philadelphia Eagles receiver Riley Cooper ignited a firestorm on Wednesday when a video surfaced of him using the N-word at a Kenny Chesney concert in June. Reaction was swift, as Cooper issued an apology and was fined by the Eagles. Cooper later held a news conference at team headquarters.
If you thought, maybe the guy was drunk off his you-know-what, maybe he was.
But Twitter's primary role on Wednesday was ground zero for reaction, as both athletes and fans alike chimed in. And no response drew as much criticism as that of former NFL player Marcus Vick , who tweeted the following before quickly deleting the tweets.
Then he posted he was getting out of the Twitter game altogether.
Even Vick's brother — you know, Cooper's current Eagles QB Michael Vick — was more blunt with his brother than his teammate.
Michael Vick on disagreeing with his brother's bounty on Cooper: "My brother has to not show a certain level of ignorance himself."— Sam Farmer (@LATimesfarmer) August 1, 2013
Riley's my friend Our relationship is mutual respect. He looked me in the eyes and apologized. I believe in forgiveness and I believe in him— Mike Vick (@MikeVick) August 1, 2013
And this guy wondered how Marcus would even be able to make good on the offer.
Marcus Vick placed that thousand dollar bounty on Riley Cooper then picked up his phone to call Mike to borrow a thousand dollars— Herbo (@HerbMcDerb) August 1, 2013
By the way, you see the proposed new uniform for Cooper?
Riley Cooper's New Uniform pic.twitter.com/gf9rNk2zYB— NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) July 31, 2013
And this wasn't the first time Cooper and race intersected on social media.
Wait a second. This doesn't look like me pic.twitter.com/gHV4IRAS— Riley Cooper (@RileyCooper_14) December 18, 2012
And one of football's more notorious tweeters was surprisingly slow in joining the party in this controversy.
Then offered up quite a response when he did find out.
And it's been quite a bummer summer for Florida Gator football, hasn't it?
Some more notable athletes' replies.
Riley Cooper has likely played most of his football life around African Americans. That was REAL anger, and disgusting.— Jamal Anderson (@jamthedirtybird) July 31, 2013
Riley Cooper tell us how u really feel! #YouDid— Warren Sapp (@WarrenSapp) July 31, 2013
The problem with getting caught saying something racist is that it reflects something deeper May not be much but it didn't fall from the sky— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) July 31, 2013
I wonder how his teammates feel about that? I really don't care, just crossed my mind. Anyway, it's time to eat. ðŸÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ—&ðŸÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ‰ lol— Donte' Stallworth (@DonteStallworth) July 31, 2013
People make mistakes that a part of life but I won't deal with incompetence— Shawne Merriman (@shawnemerriman) August 1, 2013
Couldn't imagine walking around everyday after Riley Cooper's video LET ALONE in2 an NFL locker room..Love is so much less awkward than hate— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) August 1, 2013
And some of the best from the rest of the world.
Black dude at the Riley Cooper Press Conference ain't buying it... pic.twitter.com/YR5g8ugDaz— Hi, I'm Brandon. (@Jus1Nyt) July 31, 2013
Riley Cooper's Mom ? pic.twitter.com/hY41YBifDN— Terez Owens (@TerezOwens) July 31, 2013