Philadelphia Eagles receiver Riley Cooper screamed a racial slur that was caught on video and went viral.
Millions were disgusted by Cooper’s act -- he yelled that he would "fight every n-----" at a Kenny Chesney concert -- and the Eagles were suitably outraged.
Eagles owner Jeffery Lurie released a statement that "we are shocked and appalled by Riley Cooper’s words. This sort of behavior or attitude from anyone has no role in civil society."
Sounds rightfully indignant, doesn’t he?
And then his team sent Cooper to four days of counseling and fined him.
What. A. Joke.
Cooper returned from his apparently miracle counseling just in time to see action in an exhibition game. One catch, 19 yards, all better.
Hundreds of years of racism in this country, and presto, an Eagles team that desperately needs receivers fixed Cooper in four days.
Racism? What racism?
Neutered NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league couldn’t punish Cooper because the Eagles did.
If Goodell hadn’t undergone surgery to remove his moral code, then he would’ve realized the Eagles did nothing really, certainly nothing that compared to the despicability of the act.
What’s more, if Goodell hadn’t also undergone a lobotomy, then he at least should’ve punished the Eagles for pantsing the league’s image.
Somebody needed to respond as if this mattered. Not respond just with predictable words, but respond with a harsh act that an inexcusable utterance deserves.
The Eagles really haven’t been hurt by this. The Eagles didn’t inflict anything on themselves. The NFL has done nothing to one of Goodell’s bosses. Connect the dots, kids. Nice examples all the way around, huh?
This is embarrassing, even for a sports league that is a real-life version of Pac-Man, driven only to gobble up billions of dollars and millions more fans at every moment.
Power corrupts, and absolute power allows the NFL to ignore a despicable act. The league was allowed to ignore it because there has been little outcry in the wake of the Eagles’ supposed punishment.
The NFL has all the money, and it wants more. It apparently has enough money to deodorize most of the spots where its moral compass used to be.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see the NFL develop a new revenue stream with a TV pilot called "The Amazing Racist."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun