(NEW YORK) — Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper is stepping away from the organization after he was recorded using a racial slur at a concert last month.
Since a video surfaced of Cooper using the slur this week, the team fined Cooper an undisclosed amount and scheduled him for counseling.
“The last few days have been incredibly difficult for me. My actions were inexcusable. The more I think about what I did, the more disgusted I get. I keep trying to figure out how I could have said something so repulsive, and what I can do to make things better,” Cooper said in a statement on Friday.
“Right now, I think it’s important for me to take some time to reflect on this situation. The organization and my teammates have been extremely supportive, but I also realize that there are people who will have a tough time forgiving me for what I’ve done. The best thing for me, and for the team, is to step away for a period of time,” the statement continued.
The team has excused Cooper from all team activities.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN