Eagles Leaders Step Forward To Downplay Cooper-Williams FightBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, General News, News Friday, September 6th, 2013
A number of Eagles players stepped forward aggressively and they refused to let the fight between Riley Cooper and Cary Williams stir back up the N-Word talk, and possibly overwhelm their preparation for the game against the Redskins. Team leaders like Michael Vick, DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy made it a point to downplay the fight and its possible connection to Cooper’s use of the N-Word this summer.
A number of journalists characterized yesterday’s fight as proof of a simmering unrest on the football team from Cooper’s use of the N-Word at the Kenny Chesney concert, rather than just another practice fight between two teammates.
Williams, the cornerback who never saw a fight he wasn’t ready to have, poured gasoline on the Cooper controversy fire at the end of the altercation when yelled at Cooper, ”I’m not a N-Word you [mess] with.”
“Just one-on-one’s, both being just super competitive, we’re going for the ball,” Cooper said after the workout. “We had a tangle-up at the ball and just being competitive.
“We both went to the ground. There was a lot of contact at the top of the route. I mean, nothing happened. It was nothing.”
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick who helped break up the fight on the field, downplayed the whole thing by saying Williams is an angry teammate, whom everybody on the team loves including Cooper.
McCoy said everything that goes on with Cooper and his teammates is back to normal since the controversy this summer. He said he sees Cooper as a good guy again and didn’t think the fight with Williams was a big deal.
Jackson characterized the fight as nothing but two aggressive teammates competing. He said it’s not the time for teammates to getting against each other with the first game of the season so close. The speedy wide out said if anybody still had a problem with Cooper’s use of the N-Word this summer they need to work it out with him.
Nobody on the squad expressed concern that there was a problem simmering beneath the surface because of what Cooper had said at the Chesney concert. You can tell that Vick, Jackson and McCoy are protecting the football team.
“I don’t think it’s an issue,” said defensive end Cedric Thornton, whose locker happens to be beside Cooper’s. “I think he made a mistake. People make mistakes. He apologized and it’s over with.”
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