Country music star Kenny Chesney is ‘shocked’ by Riley Cooper video
A video went viral Wednesday of Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper making a racist comment at a Kenny Chesney concert.
Chesney was not pleased and decided to weigh in on the incident.
“All I do is get off my bus and try to give the fans all the heart and passion I got. That’s where it starts and stops; that’s all I think about,” Chesney told ESPN.
“I’m as shocked as anyone to see the video of Riley Cooper that’s started circulating on the Internet. I don’t believe in discrimination in any form, and I think using language like that is not only unacceptable, it is hateful beyond words.
“I don’t know everything about every player who comes to our shows. We invite the teams in the places where we play, and I’ve found the guys from the NFL are some of the most inspiring people I meet all year. They give back to their communities, work with children, hospitals and various charities, as well as raising awesome families.
“To judge an entire audience by one loudmouth isn’t fair ... not to the NFL, not to the city of Philadelphia and that awesome crowd, not to my band and crew and certainly not to me, who believes music is about bringing people together for friendship and forgetting about the things in life that bring you down. The music I make is about living life, loving life and loving everybody -- no matter who they are. That’s how I was raised, and what someone else does or says doesn’t reflect who I am or what my fans stand for.”
Cooper, 25, apologized for using the racial slur in a statement.
“I am so ashamed and disgusted with myself,” Cooper said. “I want to apologize. I have been offensive. I have apologized to my coach, to [owner] Jeffrey Lurie, to [general manager] Howie Roseman and to my teammates. I owe an apology to the fans and to this community. I am so ashamed, but there are no excuses. What I did was wrong and I will accept the consequences.”
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