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LeSean McCoy said Thursday that, like teammate Michael Vick, he forgives Riley Cooper for his use of a racial slur but that it has changed his relationship with the wide receiver, who he had considered a friend.
The simmering tension over Riley Cooper's racial slur will inevitably cost the embattled Eagles receiver his job, writes Ashley Fox. Story
"I forgive him. We've been friends for a long time," the running back said Thursday. "But in a situation like this, you really find out about someone. Just on a friendship level, I can't really respect someone like that."
McCoy said his relationship with Cooper no longer will extend beyond the football field and there's nothing Cooper can do to change that.
"Ain't nothing to prove. He said how he felt," McCoy said, according to CSNPhilly.com. "He's still a teammate. I'm still going to block for him. I'm still gonna show great effort. Just on a friendship level, and as a person, I can't really respect somebody like that. I think as a team, we need to move past it. There are some things that are going to be hard to work with, to be honest."
The Eagles fined Cooper an undisclosed amount for his use of the N-word at a Kenny Chesney concert last month. The receiver said Wednesday the fine was substantial. Coach Chip Kelly said Thursday the team didn't contemplate releasing him, however.
The Eagles also said Thursday that Cooper would be enrolled in sensitivity training and that he needed to "reflect" on his comments. Cooper apologized Wednesday for his remarks both in a statement and to his teammates, and later took questions from and reporters.
Cooper talked Thursday about how difficult it was to apologize to his teammates.
"It was one of the toughest things that I've ever had to do. It was extremely emotional. They could tell I was sincere, but it was tough," he said, adding he later plans to talk with each of his teammates personally.