Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick rebuked his brother for comments about a racial slur wide receiver Riley Cooper directed at a black man. Cooper a member of the Philadelphia Eagles organization used the N-word during an incident at a Kenny Chesney concert which in turn was caught on video. Marcus Vick tweeted out an on the field bounty to take the receiver out during game time.
“As a team we understood because we all make mistakes in life and we all do and say things that maybe we do mean and maybe we don’t mean,” said Michael Vick. “But as a teammate I forgave him. We understand the magnitude of the situation. We understand a lot of people may be hurt and offended, but I know Riley Cooper. I know him as a man. I’ve been with him for the last three years and I know what type of person he is. That’s what makes it easy, and at the same time, hard to understand. But easy to forgive him.”
Michael Vick was indicted for charges related to a dog fighting ring in July of 2007 and later arrested. He served a prison sentence and was suspended from the NFL. Michael Vick knows what it’s like to make a mistake and have it dismantle a career. He had vowed to turn his own life around by realizing his mistakes and moving on by helping others in need.
Cooper met with reporters and issued a statement of apology. “This is the lowest of lows,” Cooper said. “This is not the type of person I want to be portrayed as. This isn’t the type of person I am. I’m extremely sorry.” Cooper was a fifth-round pick out of Florida, a former Tim Tebow roommate; is entering his fourth season in the NFL. He has 46 catches and five touchdowns in three years with the Eagles.
Michaeal Vick and the Philadelphia eagles’ comment on the racial slur have been immediate. “We are shocked and appalled by Riley Cooper’s words,” Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said. “This sort of behavior or attitude from anyone has no role in a civil society. He has accepted responsibility for his words and his actions. He has been fined for this incident.”
Marcus Vick, the former standout quarterback at Virginia Tech, reportedly tweeted a $1,000.00 bounty on Riley Cooper for his comments. The younger Vick is known for his directness and rough approach. Marcus replied after being reproached about the tweet that his account had been hacked without him knowing.
“The NFL stands for diversity and inclusion. Comments like this are wrong, offensive and unacceptable,” said the League in a statement to the media.
Cooper had assumed the starting position after Jeremy Maclin went down with a torn right ACL. Michael Vick’s comments as the leader of the Philadelphia Eagles team go a long way towards galvanizing the team after the racial slur incident by Cooper. The Eagles look to overcome any controversy as they enter the 2013 NFL season.
By Thomas Barr