PHILADELPHIA - The Eagles indicated Sunday that wide receiver Riley Cooper may have been the victim of extortion concerning the video that showed him making a racist comment during a Kenny Chesney concert nearly two months ago.
The concert took place at Lincoln Financial Field on June 8. The video was first shown on the web site CrossingBroad.com last Wednesday, July 31.
Once the video went viral Wednesday, Cooper approached the team and told them he had been receiving messages via Twitter beforehand, but had blocked them because he wasn't sure what the Tweets were about.
"Riley Cooper made us aware of the tweets when the video became public," the Eagles said in a statement Sunday. "He told us that he did not know about the video. He informed us he blocked the tweets because he did not know the person nor understand the context of what that person was threatening. We promptly alerted NFL Security. This information potentially speaks to a legal issue that is a matter between Riley and the authorities. Our focus has been on Riley’s words and actions."
The Eagles fined Cooper an undisclosed amount once they saw the video, but did not suspend him. The NFL also declined to take action against him.
Cooper apologized to team officials, his teammates and fans on Wednesday and Thursday. He left the team on Friday to undergo sensitivity training and other counseling. There is no timetable for his return to the Eagles.
"Welcoming him back into the team and moving forward is a goal of ours and something we've talked about," Vick said Sunday after practice. "We know Riley's doing everything he needs to do now to make himself a better person."