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WR Riley Cooper Addresses Media

Posted Aug 1, 2013

Wide receiver Riley Cooper spoke with reporters following Thursday's practice. Here's the transcript ...

What have the past 24 hours been like for you?

Cooper: "The lowest of lows that I've ever experienced. It's been an extremely tough day."

What has been the reaction from your teammates?

Cooper: "A bunch of them have come up to me and said, 'We support you. We know what kind of guy you are and we're here for you,' so in that regard, that felt good."

Will you have to go through sensitivity training? Do you know what that will be like?

Cooper: "I do not know what it's going to be like, but I do have to do it."

How difficult do you think that will be during the season, during Training Camp to have to go through sensitivity training?

Cooper: "It won't be difficult at all. It's something that we agreed to do, and we're going to do it."

Are you going to go out in the community and speak around Philadelphia? Do you have plans to do that?

Cooper: "We haven't talked about it, but I'd be happy to."

What were your emotions standing in front of your teammates Wednesday night?

Cooper: "It was one of the toughest things that I've ever had to do. It was extremely emotional. They could tell I was sincere, but it was tough."

Did you speak to your mom and dad Wednesday night?

Cooper: "I talked to them last night and they're extremely disappointed, as they should be."

Do you understand how offensive your statement was?

Cooper: "Absolutely. I feel terrible for the little kids that look up to Riley, and their parents have to explain to them this whole situation. I just feel terrible for the families and the people that I've hurt."

Do you think you can survive the season like this?

Cooper: "It's tough. It's definitely tough, but I'm hoping we can rally around this, and my teammates will be behind me, and we can all get through this."

Do you have any thoughts of leaving team and going somewhere else?

Cooper: "Absolutely not. I love it here. I've always loved the City of Philadelphia. I've been here for three years and I don't and I wouldn't want to go anywhere."

Did getting back on the field provide a release?

Cooper: "Being here at practice, it kind of took my mind off of it as much as it could. It was still always there. It was always present, but it felt good to run around."

What are your thoughts on the way your teammates received you after this and do you still feel fortunate to be here?

Cooper: "I respect a lot of the guys that came up to me (Wednesday) and (Thursday). Numerous, numerous, numerous players came up to me and said 'Coop, we know that's not the type of person that you are. We respect you and we're behind you. If you need anything call me, text me, you know I'm there for you.' That definitely felt good."

Are there any players who have not forgiven you?

Cooper: "No, not as of right now. This is all very fresh and I spoke to the team as a unit, but I haven't had a chance to speak to each person individually."

Will you speak to each player individually?

Cooper: "Absolutely."

Will any alcohol awareness be part of the counseling?

Cooper: "No, no. Yes, I was drinking, but that is no excuse for what I said or what I did. No excuse."

What will you say to the security guard who you specifically said those things to?

Cooper: "I haven't had a chance to see him since the incident, but obviously I'm going to go up to him and apologize the best that I can and hopefully he'll see how much I mean it and how sincere I am."

Were you surprised that you weren't suspended?

Cooper: "I didn't know what was going to happen. I had no idea. I talked to Mr. (Jeffrey) Lurie. I talked to Howie Roseman and I talked to Coach (Chip) Kelly, and they came to the agreement to fine me, to tell me they were extremely disappointed in the way I acted and what I said, and they said that it will not be tolerated on this team, and that's that."

How angry was Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie?

Cooper: "They all were extremely upset. They were all extremely upset."

How long do you think it will take for everybody here to move past this?

Cooper: "I think it's going to take a little while. It was very hurtful to a lot of people, what I said, and I know that and I take full responsibility for that. It might take a little while, but luckily I have some great teammates who have come up to me and talked to me and told me we'll get through it, so that is a positive."

How do you show the young guys in the locker room who you really are?

Cooper: "They know me fairly well. They've talked to some of the older guys and some of the younger guys came up to me and said, 'In just the little time that I've known you, I love you man, and you know I'm here for you.' So as far as the team goes, they know that I'm sorry and they know that I'm not that type of person and I take full responsibility for what I said."

Was there any friction with any of your teammates?

Cooper: "No. There has been no friction."

Between drills, you were standing by yourself. Did it give you a chance to reflect?

Cooper: "I was just kind of going about my business today. This is an extremely tough day for me, and for a lot of people as well. So, I was just kind of trying to do my thing. We did have practice today so I really had to try to concentrate and try to do well during that."

It has been said that Jeremy Maclin is one of your best friends on the team. Have you spoken to him?

Cooper: "He's been in the training room because of his knee, but as you all know, when he went down, you saw how much I care about Jeremy. He's one of my best friends on the team, and I talked to him about it, and he said, 'Riley, it's all right. I know you. I've known you for three years now and you're my boy and things will get better.'"

Were you able to sleep last night?

Cooper: "No, I didn't sleep or eat last night. I came in underweight, the whole nine yards. It was the toughest night I've had. It was tough."

Do you think if Jeremy Maclin was still playing this year you would still be on the team?

Cooper: "I can't answer that. I don't know. That's something that Mr. Lurie and Howie and Chip would have to answer, but I would hope so because I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. I love it here in Philadelphia, so I wouldn't want to be anywhere else."


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