Jason Avant, Michael Vick, and Fletcher Cox all were African-american teammates of Riley Cooper who backed him yesterday, leading me to believe that Cooper shouldn’t be cut. As it turns out, not all of Riley Cooper’s teammates are backing him.
LeSean McCoy told me what hurts about Cooper’s remarks is “losing a friend.” I asked him what that meant, “I can’t respect a guy like that.”
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) August 1, 2013
McCoy on Cooper: “It’s new and hopefully it wears off but at this point, I speak for myself and other teammates, it’s definitely different.”
— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) August 1, 2013
Part of me says that LeSean McCoy should have just publicly backed Cooper to avoid a distraction. But I’m not African-american and I don’t know what it feels like to be called the n-word, so it’s hard for me to fault McCoy for speaking his mind as a person and not a football player.
If McCoy feels like this, then to me it demonstrates that he isn’t the only one who has lost all of his respect for Cooper. The Eagles have gone through two straight drama-filled disaster ridden seasons, and if keeping Cooper on the roster will make it three, then it’s time to let Cooper go.