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Riley Cooper apologizes for racial slur

Posted By VERONICA LINARES, UPI.com   |   Aug. 1, 2013 at 1:05 PM   |   Comments

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Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper apologized in a statement for the offensive slurs he made at a concert surfaced in a viral video on Wednesday.

"I am so ashamed and disgusted with myself," Cooper said in a statement on Twitter. "I want to apologize. 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 25-year-old NFL star made the offensive remarks towards a black security guard at a Kenny Chesney concert.

“I will jump that fence and fight every n***** here, bro," Cooper says in the video.

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement that Cooper has been fined by the team for his comments.

"We are shocked and appalled by Riley Cooper's words," Lurie said. "This sort of behavior or attitude from anyone has no role in a civil society. He has accepted responsibility for his words and his actions. He has been fined for this incident."

The NFL also issued a statement regarding Cooper's remarks.

"The NFL stands for diversity and inclusion. Comments like this are wrong, offensive, and unacceptable."

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