The Irony of Riley Cooper on Eagles’ February Calendar Page

February is Black History Month. Philadelphia wide receiver Riley Cooper is pictured on the 2015 team calendar for the month of February. If you do not know the back story, you will not understand the irony of this decision by the Eagles.cooper

Cooper, who is white, made news in June 2013 when he attended a Kenny Chesney concert at Lincoln Financial Stadium in Philadelphia and was angry he was not given backstage passes like some of his teammates.

In a video taken by a random fan at the concert, Cooper is seen telling teammate Jason Kelce, “I will jump that fence and fight every n****r here, bro!”

The incident was well-publicized and discussed throughout the summer in many written articles and on television with many people saying he should be cut by the Eagles.

Placing Cooper’s picture on the month of February was said to be an honest mistake. Yet, it has brought attention back to a situation that Cooper was hoping would stay in the past.
After apologizing profusely for the incident, Cooper was also forced to attend sensitivity training. He had a strong 2013 season with close to 900 yards with 8 touchdowns and a 17.8 yard per catch average.  By the end of the season, the racial slur seemed to be a thing of the past until his picture appeared on month of February on the 2015 Eagles’ calendar.
The Eages’ situation has forced them to explain Cooper’s inclusion in the calendar for the month of February. The following quote was obtained by TMZ which is not a source you want reporting on you or your organization.
“If anything, it was an honest mistake,” Eagles PR rep Brett Strohsacker told TMZ.
I do believe it was an honest mistake, but don’t you think an African-American player should be chosen for the month of February regardless of what has happened in the past? I don’t think quarterback Nick Foles should appear on the month of February either. That should be reserved for the face of the franchise which at this time is running back LeSean McCoy.
The most recent report has the Eagles saying the calendar is not their fault.

“We do not oversee the production of the annual team calendar,” the Eagles said in a news release. “We do not provide any input about the players who are featured or where those pictures appear in the calendar. The NFL licenses the production of that calendar to a third party, and we do not have an opportunity to review the material.”

Regardless, the Eagles need to make this right. They should pay to purchase all current calendars out there so they can be put them through a shredder. Then, the Eagles should have new calendars printed on their own dime that switch LeSean McCoy to February and move Cooper’s picture to McCoy’s old month.

 And that’s…as I see it!
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