Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper has admitted he is struggling to sleep or eat, as a result of the racist comment fiasco he has been caught up in.
Cooper has been fined by the Eagles and the NFL, after a video circulated on the Internet of the wide receiver using an insensitive racial comment aimed at a security guard of African-American descent.
The 25-year-old is set to seek outside assistance to help him come to terms with the ordeal, however, his main challenge is regaining the trust of his Philadelphia teammates.
"I didn't sleep or eat last night," Cooper said Thursday after practice. "I came in underweight and the whole nine yards. It was the toughest night I've had. It was tough, it was tough."
Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly has admitted it will take time for Cooper to integrate back into the Eagles squad, and he believes open communication is essential to stop any potential divide being created in the team.
"There could be a concern, yeah, there is a concern," Kelly added.
"Obviously it's a very hot topic. That's why I encourage our group ... and our team and I talked about it last night at the team meeting ... we've gotta have some open communication to make sure that everyone understands what went on and what Riley did to atone for it."
Cooper has apologised for his racial slur, both in a statement released by the Eagles and publicly to the local media. Some of Cooper's African-American teammates have since come out and supported the player, including quarterback Michael Vick and wide receiver Jason Avant.
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