There’s been some discussion recently about the NFL’s trying to ban use of the N-word on the field. Riley Cooper addressed the topic on Thursday, John Gonzalez of CSN Philadelphia reports.
“I think it’s a good rule,” Cooper said when asked for his opinion on the subject.
The NFL’s attempt to police the N-word would potentially carry a 15-yard penalty against players who use it on the field. The second violation could result in ejection.
Last summer, video surfaced of the Eagles’ wide receiver using the N-word at a Kenny Chesney concert. Cooper later apologized and took a brief leave of absence from the team.
“It was tough, everyone knows that,” Cooper said about the controversy.
“I dealt with a lot of adversity. Since I was little, it was a dream to play in the NFL. But does anyone ever dream about getting a multi-million contract and getting paid as a stater? That’s something that I don’t know that I ever thought about. But it’s upon me now and it’s here, and I’m extremely fortunate.
I have a lot of people to thank for that — my parents for always being there and supporting me and stuff. My agent, Joe Segal, for helping me through this whole process. So, it’s cool, man. It’s a cool feeling. I’m proud of myself.”