Riley Cooper said possibly the worst thing he could have said a few months ago at a Kenny Chesney concert. We don't need to go into that, because unless you have been living under a rock or are Alec Baldwin, you have heard the story. Well, it was quiet for a while until Cooper and Cary Williams got into it at yesterday's practice. Click for the story and a video of the fight. For some reason most NFL fights look like cat fights. Swinging at the head and then grabbing onto a part of their body (usually the helmet) and not letting go.
According to one of the players, Williams said; “I’m not a n- you [mess] with!" Again, using the terrible word that got Cooper in trouble. Unfortunately, this word will not go away in our language. As a white male, that word stings when I hear it, but not nearly as bad as it does to someone who is black. I wish we could erase this word, because it just spews hatred.
Cooper is in for a long year. There are going to be people screaming at him everywhere he goes, and you know what, he may deserve it. He did come out and apologize. He came out and said he was wrong. Whether you believe him or not, he stood in front of the camera's and apologized.
Not to bring up old news, but let's not forget Kobe Bryant's slip up on the bench some time ago. He got caught up in the game and said something terrible. He came back, apologized, people accepted it and moved on. I am not comparing the words, but both are derogatory in their nature.
Cooper was an idiot and will get his punishment all year. At what point can people move past his idiocy and just play football. Kobe isn't bashed every game for his comment. Jason Collins isn't going over to his house to pick a fight with him.
I am not defending Cooper. Let's not put those words into play here. I am just wondering at what point can the media move past this and cover the season and not have a spotlight on everyone's screw-ups.