Roger Goodell (right) said Thursday on ESPN Radio that Riley Cooper will not be disciplined by the NFL. (USA Today Images)
The NFL will not further punish Riley Cooper for his racist remark in a video that went viral Wednesday, but the Eagles’ fourth-year wideout isn’t completely out of the woods.
Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday on ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike" that Cooper wouldn’t face any discipline from the league, but would undergo some form of “training.” Goodell didn’t specify the kind of training Cooper would attend.
“We do not penalize at the club level and league level for same incident,” Goodell said. “We will not be taking action separately from the club.”
Thursday afternoon, the Eagles released a statement noting the training would be directed by a third party.
“In meeting with Riley yesterday, we decided together that his next step will be to seek outside assistance to help him fully understand the impact of his words and actions. He needs to reflect. As an organization, we will provide the resources he needs to do so.”
The team on Wednesday already fined Cooper an undisclosed sum and released a statement that said the Eagles were “shocked and appalled” by Cooper’s actions.
The NFL had also issued a statement that said the league stands for “diversity and inclusion,” adding that Cooper’s epithet was “wrong, offensive, and unacceptable.”
Several teammates spoke to reporters Wednesday night, offering support for Cooper, who apologized to the team in a meeting shortly after he made a public apology to reporters and answered questions.
“I want to [start] off by saying I’m extremely embarrassed,” Cooper said to reporters. “I’m extremely hurt, I’m extremely sorry for my actions. I want to come up and tell you guys that.”
An irate Cooper was caught on camera in June yelling a racial slur to an African-American security guard at a Kenny Chesney concert. The video, which first appeared on website CrossingBroad.com, didn’t surface until Wednesday.