(NEW YORK) — Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper finds himself mired in controversy after a recent video surfaced showing him using a racial slur.
At a July concert in Philadelphia, a cell phone video captured Cooper saying “I will jump that fence and fight every n—- here.”
Cooper is entering his fourth season in the NFL, all with the Eagles. With the recent injury to wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, Cooper was expected to see an expanded role on offense as the team’s number two receiver.
After the video surfaced, Cooper issued an apology.
“I am so ashamed and disgusted with myself,” Cooper said in a statement. “I want to apologize. I have been offensive. I have apologized to my coach, to [team owner] Jeffrey Lurie, to [GM] Howie Roseman and to my teammates. I owe an apology to my 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 Cooper has 46 catches for 679 yards and five touchdowns for the Eagles in 40 career games.
The team has fined Cooper an undisclosed amount.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN