Philidelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper has been fined by his club, after making a racially insensitive comment at a Kenny Chesney concert.
Cooper was fined an undisclosed amount by the Eagles, with additional fines likely to be placed by the NFL.
Cooper has since apologised for his unprofessional comment in a statement the 25-year-old released on Wednesday.
"I am so ashamed and disgusted with myself. I want to apologise," the statement read. "I have been offensive. I have apologised to my coach, to Jeffrey Lurie, to Howie Roseman and to my teammates. I owe an apology to the fans and to this community. I am so ashamed, but there are no excuses. What I did was wrong and I will accept the consequences."
Cooper has since admitted he had been drinking at the concert, before his altercation with an African-American security guard.
Videos of the incident have circulated on many social media websites, and the Eagles player was trending on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon, not for the right reasons however.
"This is the lowest of the lows," he added. "This isn't the type of person I want to be portrayed as, this isn't the type of person that I am. I'm just extremely sorry."
Cooper is still at a relatively early stage in his NFL career, and he'll not want this isolated incident to tarnish the rest of his career in the NFL.
After the racial slur, Cooper will have a lot of work to do to reattain trust in the Eagles changing room and in the general community.
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