On the WARRpath: Would You Ride With Riley?

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Ed. note — Our weekly feature, On the WARRpath takes on the issues that cross our collective paths here at weareregalradio.com and allows all of our well-established sports voices to sound off on the things that are buzzing in the sports world.

After four days of not calling a black security guard “nigger” at a Kenny Chesney concert, Riley Cooper was allowed back into the Philadelphia Eagles training camp today, where I’m sure he’s still very much respected by the majority of his teammates … NOT (c) Borat.

It’s gonna be a tough road to hoe for good ol’ Riley as this season progresses, but he made his bed during that faithful moment when he realized that the guy doing his job at the Chesney concert by not allowing a drunk, belligerent, pony-tailed individual backstage was black and when being drunk and belligerent and white there’s apparently only one effective weapon against minor inconvenience — racist rants.

You have to wonder what has come out ol’ Riley’s mouth in the past when those inconsiderate black guys on the field across from him would do their job and give him the seemingly more-than-minor inconvenience of a good pop with their pads in the middle of the field. Judging by the overall reaction to this controversy, ol’ Riley’s gonna have to expand his vocabulary real soon, starting in his own locker room.

The Eagles, as typical of them, had extenuating circumstances that put them in a tough position to just let ol’ Riley go, Riley being the expected replacement for No. 2 wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, who was lost to the team for the season just before all this went down.

Many say in spite of Cooper’s increased value that he still should be given a pink slip but such decisions are never easy in the NFL, even when everything is sweet. That brings us to this week’s question — given all that we now know about Riley Cooper, would you have him on your team today?

Let’s see what the guys think:

Brian Mazique, WARR contributor: As a self-disgraced employee for a very public organization (Philadelphia Eagles) that operates within another major organization (NFL) that has prided itself on disciplining those that misbehave, it is almost impossible for me to understand how Riley Cooper could maintain his job—at least for now.
 
A release from the Eagles and suspension with pay for four to six games — if he re-signs with another club — seems appropriate based on what we’ve seen handed down to other players who have exhibited poor judgement and bad behavior. At the end of the day, the NFL is a business that seeks to be represented by players who can reasonably symbolize some measure of ethics and morals. Without absorbing some tangible punishment and rehabilitation, Cooper can’t pretend to embody those principles.
 
Demonze Spruiel-Rose, co-host, The D and Davis Show: That’s My Riley Cooper!
 
Yes, I would have the n-word shouting Riley Cooper on my team. What I don’t like about our American society is when someone makes a mistake or is just a plain a-hole the court of public opinion feels they should lose their job or career because of something they said. I know many of us have done or said something we wish we could take back even if we meant it.
 
If I was the owner or  a part of the upper management of the Eagles, I would let the locker room take care of this situation. If you didn’t know, African American men make up about 70% of the players in the NFL (ed. note — 67 percent according to the most recent Racial and Gender Report Card). You don’t think the brothas in the Eagles locker room would care to take care of Riley? You don’t think opposing cornerbacks will be drooling at the thought of JACKING UP Mr. Cooper?
 
Now I do believe Riley Cooper should have been fined by both the Eagles (which he was) and the NFL front office (which he was not). Oh yeah, on a side note, Roger Goodell has me looking at him even more side eyed than usual for not punishing Riley Cooper. Goodell is so quick to smack down players who have done something embarrassing to the league yet has not been arrested or done anything illegal but Riley gets a pass? How do you think African Americans in this country will look at you now? The man said he would fight ever n*&%ger on the video, not just the security guard he had a problem with, but every one of them. Really? And people wonder why black folks don’t see the “justice system” in a positive light.
 
But as for Riley, yeah, I would want him on my team, so the family that is the Eagles can take care of its issue like only a family can.
 
Ken Davis, co-host, The D and Davis Show: No! Football is a result driven industry.
 
I believe Riley Cooper should receive another chance, but he would cause dysfunction to any locker room in the NFL. If Cooper was a top flight receiver maybe he’d be worth that risk, but he is far from that, he is a fifth-round pick and the only team that really values him are the Eagles due to Jeremy Maclin’s injury and Chip Kelly implementing a new system.
 
The Eagles’ front office dropped the ball when they didn’t ask the players for their opinion prior to fining Cooper. Even if the coaching staff and front office didn’t agree with the players, the players would have still felt as if they had input on a team/racial issue. Roger Goodell is to blame also with his double jeopardy excuse. But, what can you expect from a commissioner who fights for a team to keep a racist slur as its nickname (Washington Redskins)?
 
Why would any team bring in such a distraction as Cooper, let alone a distraction whose talent doesn’t measure up to his problem. If I was Cooper I’d change my name, lay low for a year and try to sneak onto another team. I’m joking, we all know that wouldn’t work, but it sounds like a better plan than simply being Riley Cooper!
 
Brandon Robinson, WARR contributor: I’m kind of indifferent, but I’m no fool either.
 
I had a conversation with someone over the weekend and they said the funniest, yet truest, words spoken about Riley Cooper. He said: “Alcohol is truth’s corn syrup.” Despite being a bit intoxicated, I’m guessing its not the first time that Cooper has used that word — he seemed quite comfortable using it. However, the Bible instructs folks to forgive. If you subscribe to the biblical theory of forgiveness then there’s the simple answer. However, the word Cooper used is not an easy one to forgive, I’m quite cognizant of that. Cooper is playing in the wrong city to get caught using that word too. The city of Philadelphia has a huge African American population, their mayor Michael Nutter is black and the Eagles roster is largely African American, as is their quarterback.
 
I’m sure that between the fan ridicule to come and the strong locker room presence he’s walking back in to, as Philly native Kevin Hart would say: “He’s gon’ learn today!”
 
The major redeeming quality that the city of Brotherly Love does possess is that they are quite forgiving….look no further than their response to QB Michael Vick who has redeemed himself and earned the keys to the team during the Andy Reid era. Also there’s Philly’s largely love relationship with former Sixer Allen Iverson, who got renewed chance after chance after his many transgressions.
 
From a football standpoint, despite having 43 catches in 3 seasons with the birds, the Eagles need Cooper at the wide receiver position. Jeremy Macklin is fragile, hurt and out for the year with his season-ending knee injury. Cooper is a big wideout that will benefit from new coach Chip Kelly’s system. DeSean Jackson cannot man the wide receiver position by himself and Jason Avant is not a viable option to SOLELY man that slot position opposite Jackson.
 
Whether folks like it or not, once Cooper takes care of his own personal demons by seeking counseling for this media debacle, the 6’4 receiver will enter his fourth year in the league starting at wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles.
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