By now, you've either heard about or seen the video of Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper slinging racist slurs and threatening to take on every African American person in the building, while dropping the N-bomb repeatedly. You've probably also read his apology.
"I am so ashamed and disgusted with myself. 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," he said.
On Thursday, many New York Giants players were hit with a barrage of questions about Cooper and his comments, and most spoke very openly about it. However, and unlike things in Philadelphia, the Giants were clearly prepared for these questions and coached on their answers.
Defensive lineman Adrian Tracy was one of the first to chime in.
“People play with anger all the time and this is an outlet for us to do so. So if people are angry and within the confines of the rules express their anger, I don’t think he’s going to be the only player. I’m sure there’s little lists that everybody has," Tracy said of Cooper possibly being targeted.
Punter Steve Weatherford:
“It’s obviously a black eye for him and a black eye for that franchise,” Weatherford said. “It’s disappointing for him because we’re role models at this point in our career and we have a pedestal to inspire and motivate. So that was unfortunate.”
Wide receiver Victor Cruz, who has said some controversial things of his own recently:
“It’s unfortunate,” Cruz said. “Obviously it’s always surprising when you hear something like that. There’s no place for that kind of language, it’s just unfortunate that it had to happen to someone like Riley Cooper and down in Philly."
And, finally, cornerback Aaron Ross:
"That's the Eagles problem," he said. "That never happens here."
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