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Posted: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 10:50 pm

PHILADELPHIA — Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper apologized Wednesday after a video surfaced showing him using a racial slur while attending a Kenny Chesney concert at Lincoln Financial Field in June.

“I am extremely embarrassed, extremely hurt and extremely sorry for my actions,” Cooper said outside the NovaCare Complex on Wednesday. “That is not the type of person I am. I wasn’t raised that way. I’ve got a great mom and dad at home and they are extremely, extremely disappointed in me.”

Click here to watch the Riley Cooper video. WARNING: It may be offensive

Cooper said he met with coach Chip Kelly — who also was at the concert on June 9 — owner Jeffrey Lurie and general manager Howie Roseman after the video surfaced on CrossingBroad.com Wednesday afternoon.

Cooper said he was fined an undisclosed amount by the Eagles, but had not been suspended. It was not known if the NFL would issue any penalty.

“We are shocked and appalled by Riley Cooper’s words,” Lurie said in a statement. “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.”

At some point during the concert, Chesney pulled Cooper, Kelly, center Jason Kelce and several other teammates on stage to perform “Boys of Fall.”

According to the website, however, Cooper, 25, was previously with Kelce and some other friends in a semi-private area near the stage.

Kelce and others are seen in the video trying to calm Cooper before he points in the direction of the crowd and appears to say: “I will jump that fence and fight every (expletive) here, bro.”

Cooper said Wednesday that he got into an argument with a security guard, who was black.

“There was a confrontation with me and one of the security guards and I said something that was absolutely disgusting and terrible,” Cooper said. “I was drinking, but that’s no excuse for what I said, or what I did. I shouldn’t have handled it the way I did.”

Asked if he had ever used that racial slur before, he answered, “I don’t use that word.”

The story took an uglier turn later Wednesday when Michael Vick’s brother, Marcus, posted a statement on his Twitter account offering $1,000 to the first defender to hit Cooper in a game.

“Hey I'm putting a bounty on Riley's head. 1k to the first Free Safety or Strong safety that light his (expletive) up! Wake him up please.....”

Later on Wednesday, Marcus Vick posted that his Twitter account had been “hacked” and the tweets were deleted.

Cooper, who grew up in Clearwater, Fla., is entering his fourth season with the Eagles as a fifth-round draft pick in 2010 from the University of Florida. While in college, he was roommates with Gators quarterback Tim Tebow, who will be coming to Philadelphia next week as a member of the New England Patriots.

During his tenure with the Eagles, the 25-year-old has been regarded as one of the more popular players among teammates, especially fellow wide receivers Jason Avant and Jeremy Maclin, plus Kelce, tight end Brent Celek, quarterback Michael Vick and others.

He apologized to his teammates later Wednesday evening.

"Riley's my friend," Michael Vick said via Twitter late Wednesday. "Our relationship is mutual respect. He looked me in the eyes and apologized. I believe in forgiveness and I believe in him."

The 6-foot-3, 222-pounder is the leading contender to replace Maclin in the starting lineup this season. Maclin was placed on injured reserve Tuesday after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during practice last Saturday.

In a statement earlier Wednesday on his Twitter account, Cooper also apologized to “the fans and to this community.”

“Most of the ones (teammates) who know me know what type of person I am,” Cooper said when speaking to the media. “All I can say to them is that I’m extremely, extremely sorry. This is the lowest of lows.”

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