Kenny Chesney responds to Riley Cooper's racist rant

Posted By CAROLINE LEE, UPI.com   |   Aug. 2, 2013 at 4:38 PM   |   Comments

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Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Country singer Kenny Chesney has defended his audience and the NFL after a video surfaced of Riley Cooper making racial slurs at his concert.

The Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver, 25, earned a lot of hate when the video footage went viral on Twitter. Chesney has moved to distance himself from Cooper's behavior, and does not want one bad apple to spoil the bunch.

To judge an entire audience by one loud mouth isn't fair,” Chesney said. “[It’s not fair] to the NFL, not to the city of Philadelphia and that awesome crowd, not to my band and crew and certainly not to me, who believes music is about bringing people together for friendship and forgetting about the things in life that bring you down.

“The music I make is about living life, loving life and loving everybody -- no matter who they are. That's how I was raised, and what someone else does or says doesn't reflect who I am or what my fans stand for."

Cooper has since apologized publicly, saying that he had been drinking at the June concert before his outburst. He has since been fined by the Eagles and will undergo sensitivity training.

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