Eagles' Cooper to seek 'outside assistance' after comments

The Sports NetworkJuly 31, 2013 

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper will seek "outside assistance" after making racially insensitive comments earlier this year.

Video surfaced Wednesday of Cooper uttering a racial slur while at a Kenny Chesney concert in June. He made a public apology on Wednesday and addressed the media again Thursday following practice.

The Eagles fined Cooper an undisclosed amount of money and on Thursday decided to further supply the 25-year-old Florida product with aid for his sensitivity issues.

"In meeting with Riley yesterday, we decided together that his next step will be to seek outside assistance to help him fully understand the impact of his words and actions," the Eagles said in a statement. "He needs to reflect. As an organization, we will provide the resources he needs to do so."

Cooper is expected to have an increased role in the Philadelphia offense this year after the season-ending knee injury to Jeremy Maclin. He caught 23 passes for 248 yards and three touchdowns in 2012.

"It won't be difficult at all. It's something that we agreed to do, and we're going to do it," Cooper said of going through sensitivity training.

Cooper said he hasn't spoken yet to the security guard, who was targeted in the racial slur.

"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," Cooper added.

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