Seven months after being forced to apologise for using the N-word during a Kenny Chesney concert, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper has backed NFL plans to impose a 15-yard penalty against anyone who uses the same word during a match.
Cooper was fined by the Eagles and revealed that he would seek “outside assistance” after being filmed saying “I’ll fight every n***** here” at the country music concert last July.
The 19-second clip went viral and Cooper’s reputation has been tarnished ever since.
However, the 26-year-old still went on to enjoy a fine season, starting 15 games, catching 47 passes for 835 yards and 8 touchdowns.
That form led to the Eagles rewarding him with a new five-year deal worth $25m on Thursday.
And Cooper, who appears to have learnt a lesson from last year’s incident, now believes the use of the N-word during a match should count as “unsportsmanlike conduct” and carry a 15-yard penalty.