Around this time last year, Riley Cooper went and got himself in some trouble by getting caught yelling “I’LL FIGHT ALL THE [N-words] HERE!” at a country music concert. According to old white sportswriters, that was just the first act of a compelling redemption narrative that culminating in Cooper having a good statistical season in 2013 and not saying any slurs for a while.
Like always, the reality is a lot more complex than the sports media narrative. Cooper certainly wouldn’t have had that success on the field without his teammates looking past his very blatantly racist speech. Among the black teammates who defended Cooper last summer was then-starting quarterback Michael Vick, who knows a thing or two among coming back from huge scandals.
Yet now that the world has moved on from Riley’s hate speech and he has a new contract, the receiver doesn’t seem too grateful for Vick’s support.
“A couple of things transpired since [the incident] that I dislike, and I’ll be honest with you,” Vick said. “After he signed his contract, I sent him a text and I never got a text back, and that made me feel a certain type of way. But I’m not the type of guy who holds grudges.”
Vick said he told his former teammate he was proud of him in the text that wasn’t returned. When it was suggested to him that any white player in Cooper’s shoes should owe the quarterback an eternal debt of gratitude, Vick said, “I’d have you on speed dial. That’s the only reason I say I hope Riley appreciates that. His life is his life and he played good football last year, and he was always like a little brother to me. But money should never change an individual, and I’m not saying it did that to Riley.”
OOKIE SNUB! OOKIE SNUB! RILEY COOPER, YOU OWE THAT MAN A DEBT AND YOU SHOULD PROBABLY HIT GENO SMITH WITH A CAR SO HE CAN START AGAIN!
I’m not sure the world is ready to see what word Riley Cooper used to save Michael Vick’s contact in his phone.