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New York Giants’ Louis Murphy Forgives Former Teammate, Riley Cooper, for Racist Remark

August 16th, 2013 at 8:30 AM
By Kenneth DeJohn

Prior to their NFL days, New York Giants wide receiver Louis Murphy and Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper played ball together for three years at the University of Florida. And in a recent interview with Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, Murphy expressed his confusion after hearing of Cooper's racist remarks at a Kenny Chesney concert in June.

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"That's not the guy I know," Murphy said.

Many players have similar feelings to Murphy, though there are also players that want no part of speaking to Cooper ever again. A few of them said they will never forgive him. Murphy, however, feels as if his friend and teammate deserves a second chance.

"He's a good guy, a good teammate. I know him personally, as a friend. We were teammates for three years. Everybody makes some mistakes and I believe everybody is entitled to a second chance," he said.

Murphy has forgiven his friend, though it's unclear as to how he will be received by opposing teams when the regular season gets underway. A few of the league's players have spoken out on the issue, while others have remained quiet. It may end up being their on-field actions that do most of the talking when all is said and done.

After being signed during the offseason, Murphy figures to be the No. 3 or 4 wide receiver this season. He has plenty of speed to burn, so it could be conceivable for the Giants to use him in mostly deep ball situations. Eli Manning, who loves to throw the ball over the top of defenses, will definitely utilize Murphy if they can establish a rapport early on in training camp.

The 26-year-old spent three years with the Oakland Raiders before playing with the Carolina Panthers last season. He has a career yards per reception of 14.8, which means that he'll be a prime target in the passing game in "down and long" situations.

It will be interesting to see if other NFL players adopt the same motto of forgiveness as Murphy. The young wide receiver has proven his maturity in his reaction to the situation regarding his friend, and Giants head coach Tom Coughlin will certainly respect that.

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18 Responses to “New York Giants’ Louis Murphy Forgives Former Teammate, Riley Cooper, for Racist Remark”

  1.  fanfor55years says:

    I suppose forgiving Cooper is the right thing to do, provided he earns the forgiveness. But a lot of players are going to find that pretty hard to do, and no one can blame them.

    I want to go back to the discussion about the possible changes in the NFL to a mobile QB-oriented offense. It simply isn’t going to happen in more than a few places because those quarterbacks are always going to get hurt (as Dan said). As to kujo’s comment about the possibility of just going with QBs for six years and not worrying whether they get hurt, that certainly ain’t happening. The quarterback is THE most important asset on any team. A great one can get you some rings, and rings bring the fans and the media and the marketing dollars and the revenues your way. When you can find a really top quarterback you guard him with your life, or at least your dollars.

    We now have some wonderful young quarterbacks in the NFL who have caused some excitement. But in the end, the young quarterback who is the best of them, and will win championships and build wealth for his ownership, is the one coming to MetLife this Sunday. As long as there are Andrew Lucks around (and Eli Mannings, Tom Brady’s, Ben Roethlisbergers and Aaron Rodgers’) any team will choose that guy over all the RGIIIs in the universe because they will last and the mobile quarterback will not unless he converts into a pocket passer who can scramble. That isn’t new. Roger Staubach and Fran Tarkenton were that before these kids were born. Steve Young learned he had to want to stay in the pocket. “Mobility” isn’t new. And running quarterbacks will get “old”, fast.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      I agree. I think a QB that can run and throw has always been an advantage. Look at Steve Young. And many of the the great pocket QBs like Montana, Elway and Farve were very mobile. But still a QB is going to win long term from the pocket. The new QBs can use their legs to their advantage but it must be done in a way only when needed and not the core of the offense.

  2.  fanfor55years says:

    Ha!! Shaun O’Hara wondering why Chris Canty isn’t still in Blue because he looks great this preseason. It’s called “salary” Shaun. Instead of a high price against the cap we get a promising rookie and two good veterans who wind up costing half of what Chris was getting paid.

    Reese dumped Canty and his salary, almost certainly more than replaced his production, and threw the dollar differential Cruz’s way in order to keep a guy who makes our receiving corps deadly. And THAT, Mr. O’Hara is why Chris Canty is not in Blue.

  3.  GIANTT says:

    I blame an information system that has progressively put more and more information in front of the public without an “importance meter ” attached to it . Twitter , facebook and instagram have made immediacy the important factor rather than relevance .
    If this had happened 10 years ago , would it have even surfaced ? How many other people have said after seeing this go “there for the grace of God go I ?” How many of us in years past have certainly said or done something at least as ——– (put in your own word ) We definitely live in a new information era and I get that but I sometimes think that I would rather NOT hear the story

    As far as this argument goes about the mobile QB . Yes , I remember Sir Francis (Tarkenton) scrambling for one but in those days on the Giants it was a necessity for survival rather than an offensive strategy . As far as it goes now , people tend to forget that football is a team game and there are eleven people playing . At this level even the best players cant do it themselves against a determined team playing together . Eventually a defense is going to learn to focus on the QB . A defense to take away the option will certainly force the offense to go to another system and the coordinator will try and put in a system that will not be as well defended . This too will pass

    •  Krow says:

      Yes, but to mine and kujo’s point … the salary cap is a very limiting thing. A “franchise” QB hits the cap for $20,000,000. Like it or not a number that large ripples through the other units.

      Perhaps a valid mitigation strategy is to make the QB position fungible. Bring in these young, mobile, run-first, C-H-E-A-P players and tailor the offense to them. Then use the cap space to bolster the rest of the team. So every few years you have a new QB. The offense is same he ran at Buttfuk State. No transition. Plug him in and off you go. He gets hurt. Next man up.

      • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

        Nothing costs more than a young mobile QB who gets hurt and the big $$ you have to spend on back-up protection. For the same price, get yourself a franchise QB who is gonna play 16 games a year.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        That sounds good in theory but the issues is then after that cheap QB is used up that chances that he can be replaced with an equally as cheap and proficient QB is almost nothing. It’s a short term benefit – only 3 years because after that if you have a QB playing at an elite level you have to compensate him even if there are years left under his rookie deal. Look at the percentage of QB misses to hits. Then to actually pick a QB who can be elite. That QB has why more value than just 3 years of having them below market value. It’s a benefit in the short run but not some that can be kept over the long run.

    •  Andiamo P says:

      The more info we get the better.

      The real problem is what the media is doing with this information.

  4.  GOAT56 says:

    I think one reason our defense has used 3-4 look this year is for our offense. So much of it has been focused on if it makes sense or not given our defensive personnel. But I think at least a partial factor is our offense getting real work versus the 3-4 front. 2 out of 3 team play it in our division. We have struggled against the redskins 3-4 and now the eagles will use a 3-4. The only 3-4 we had success against was the cowboys and now they are running our defense. Now having Tuck play LB and those things is a different aspect but using the 3-4 in practice has benefits for our offense in the long run.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      That’s a very good point.

      It also happens to be a defensive set that is more likely to successfully set the edge against mobile quarterbacks by getting more players outside, and more likely to defend well against the dive play that Morris just killed us with last season.

      But getting the offense ready to play against 3-4 sets certainly won’t hurt at all.

  5.  Sintexo says:

    Just curious, has anyone seen a penalty yet in the preseason for the lowering of the head rule change?

  6.  Krow says:

    I don’t think it’s an accident that several successful teams have (had in Flacco’s case) QBs on their rookie deals. The easiest way to plug a rook in is to let him run his college offense. I don’t think this is going away.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      Gabbert, Looker, Ponder and other QBs are on their rookie deal too. The key is finding a QB not how much they are paid. Yes. it’s advantage to have a cheap QB but that’s only going to last 3 years. It’s not a long term solution. A QB that is playing that well will re-negotiate as soon as possible while still under their rookie deal. SF has to pay after this year. Indy and Wash are getting discounts but they are still paying 5-6 mil for their QBs. Really you only get over for a full 3 years in a case like Wilson. A 3rd round pick who starts from day one, that’s a rare case and not even close to normal.

      •  Krow says:

        Actually you’re making my point. Indy, Wash, Seattle, SF. Even if it’s $5 mil per year that a $15 mil cap bonus.

        It’s a strategy … not a guarantee. You still have to sign the right guy. But if you do then what a huge advantage. We’re talking an additional 2-4 Pro Bowl level players.

  7.  GIANTT says:

    I just feel that if you take the eleven guys on offense , which player is essential on EVERY play ? QB -and if you are a team of eleven then your most success is going to come because your best player is handling it .Of course the argument is going to pop up about money and maybe there are rookies who can handle it but most cases its not true .This is not something you would normally trust to a rookie or inexperienced QB if you can help it . Lets think about the “sophomore slump” how many times has a player come up , especially a QB who has a good rookie year and then defenses get the hang of playing him and he slumps and becomes average ?
    GOAT I understand the strategy but look at the teams who have had success over the past ten years who have long term QBs . Lets start with Eli shall we ?

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