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Cooper excused from Eagles team activities to receive counseling

Cooper excused from Eagles team activities to receive counseling

POSTED: Friday, August 2, 2013 - 11:31am

UPDATED: Friday, August 2, 2013 - 11:38am

The Philadelphia Eagles announced on Friday, wide-receiver, Riley Cooper, has been excused from all team activities, so he can receive counseling in light of his recent actions.

A viral video released Wednesday, showed Cooper, 25, using a racial slur in a disagreement with an African-American security guard at a Kenny Chesney concert in June.

The Eagles revealed they are sending Cooper to sensitivity training and counseling after Cooper apologized to his teammates Wednesday night.

The Eagles organization released a statement following the announcement of Cooper's leave of absence:

"As we have said, Riley Cooper will be seeking counseling and we have excused him from all team activities. This is all new territory and we are going to evaluate this timetable every step of the way. He will meet with professionals provided by the Eagles during this period of time to better help him understand how his words have hurt so many, including his teammates."

Cooper released a public apology following the Eagles announcement:

"The last few days have been incredibly difficult for me. My actions were inexcusable. The more I think about what I did, the more disgusted I get. I keep trying to figure out how I could have said something so repulsive, and what I can do to make things better. Right now, I think it's important for me to take some time to reflect on this situation. The organization and my teammates have been extremely supportive, but I also realize that there are people who will have a tough time forgiving me for what I've done. The best thing for me, and for the team, is to step away for a period of time. During this time I'm going to be speaking with a variety of professionals to help me better understand how I could have done something that was so offensive, and how I can start the healing process for everyone. As long as it takes, and whatever I have to do, I'm going to try to make this right."

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