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LeSean McCoy says he ‘can’t really respect’ Riley Cooper

Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy said his relationship with Riley Cooper has changed.
(Suchat Pederson / Associated Press)

Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy said his relationship with Riley Cooper will change after Cooper recently used a racist slur for black people.

“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.

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“You don’t just say something like that and then it’s just normal. It’s hard for a lot of players like myself, because I’m good friends with him.

“And then we’ve been playing for three years, and something like this comes out, I think where a person thinks that the cameras are off and nobody is really watching, you let your true side come out, and I think that’s what happened. I think it’s a matter of him actually getting caught.”

Cooper apologized to his team Wednesday for using the racial slur in a video that was taken of him at a Kenny Chesney concert July 9.

Some of Cooper’s other teammates, including Michael Vick and Jason Avant, have publicly claimed that they have forgiven Cooper.

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The Eagles have fined Cooper for his language, and the NFL has said that it will take no additional action.

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