Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper and cornerback Cary Williams got into a heated scuffle at Thursday’s practice, and a player close to the incident indicated that it was directly related to a video that surfaced five weeks ago of Cooper using a racial slur at a June concert.
According to the player, who did not want to be named, Williams used the same slur on Thursday that Cooper used in the video. The player quoted Williams as saying, “I’m not a n----- you (mess) with.”
In June, Cooper attended a Kenny Chesney concert and, by his own admission, got into an altercation with a security guard. During the argument, Cooper said he would “fight every n----- here.”
Cooper, who apologized after the video became public July 31, downplayed Thursday’s scuffle after practice and said it had nothing to do with the racist comment in the video.
“Both being super competitive, going for the ball, and we were tangled,” Cooper said.
Williams did not comment after practice. The Eagles had no comment.
The scuffle started when the players got tangled up in one-on-one drills and fell to the ground. Cornerback Brandon Boykin and assistant defensive backs coach Todd Lyght separated the players, but Williams threw his helmet to the ground and went back at Cooper. That’s when Williams started screaming and used the slur.
Quarterback Michael Vick jumped in and tried to hold Williams back as the cornerback continued to scream at Cooper.
After the fighting stopped, Williams walked to a separate field and walked by himself.
TRIBE DISLIKES SKINS’ NAME
An American Indian tribe in upstate New York said it will launch a radio ad campaign pressing for the Washington Redskins to shed a name often criticized as offensive.
The Oneida Indian Nation said the first ad will run on radio stations in Washington before the team plays host to the Philadelphia Eagles in its season opener Monday. In the ad, Oneida Nation Representative Ray Halbritter says NFL commissioner Roger Goodell should “stand up to bigotry” by denouncing “the racial slur” in the team’s name.
“We do not deserve to be called redskins,” the Oneida leader says in the ad. “We deserve to be treated as what we are — Americans.”
Halbritter said that fans are being urged to lobby the NFL in support of the name change at www.changethemascot.org.
“We believe that with the help of our fellow professional football fans, we can get the NFL to realize the error of its ways and make a very simple change,” Halbritter said in a prepared statement.
Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis (strained left calf) missed practice and is questionable to play Sunday against visiting Kansas City. … The Cowboys released guard Nate Livings from the injured reserve list.