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Eagles Ask District Attorney For Help In Riley Cooper's Racial Slur Incident

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It's a day later, but it's still hard for Riley Cooper to find words of apology.

"It's tough, it's definitely tough. But I'm hoping we can rally around this and my teammates will be behind me and we can all get through this," says Cooper to reporters today.

"I know Riley made a heinous mistake. I was appalled by it. I was actually shocked by it because since I've been here since April, that's not the Riley Cooper I know. But he accepted responsibility for it and he's got to live with it. I hope at some point in time we'll get a chance to move on from it. Right now I don't think it will be something that will go away very quickly," says Eagles Coach Chip Kelly.

"I think the use of the word itself is ignorant and repulsive in every way," said DA Williams.

District Attorney Seth Williams pulled no punches as he commented on the just-released video of Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper using a racial slur at a recent Kenny Chesney concert at the LINC.

"What I saw was just a person that was drunk... that was mad because he couldn't get somewhere because he didn't have the right credentials, which often happens to many of us, and then he said some stupid stuff," Williams said.

Williams says the Eagles contacted him and asked him to put together a list of charities and community groups they could donate money to, from the fine they have levied against Cooper for his remarks.

"It's Jeffrey Lurie's hope that the team will be able to use this and to work with community groups to foster better understanding as we move forward," the DA explained.

Williams will work with the Eagles and Cooper, if asked, to set up public discussions with different community and charitable groups, in an effort to heal the wounds caused by Cooper's comments.

"I hope this can be a teachable moment," Williams said.

The DA went on to explain that Cooper's use of the n-word did not rise to the level of a hate crime.

"It was not criminal behavior," Williams added. "He was just telling some people some stupid stuff. It does not rise to the level of a hate crime."

Williams says he's all about second chances and he believes Cooper was sincere in his apology to fans, the team and his teammates. He hopes Cooper and all Philadelphians will learn a lesson from this. 

But even he admits Cooper might be in for some backlash on the field.

"Defensive ends and some defensive backs from other teams; they might remind him of that language as he crosses the middle," says Williams.

Fans today, had a lot to say about the whole situation.

"He was a little intoxicated. I didn't think he really meant anything by it," says a fan.

"A stupid thing to say. I'm sure now he wishes he had taken it back," says another fan. "Something like that just doesn't come out of thin air. You hope he's learned by this. The Eagles have to deal with him and hopefully they work it out."

"We use the n-word kind of softly throughout the neighborhood, but when you are a professional icon and you in an iconic sport like that, you gotta be real careful what you say," explains another fan.

"Everyone makes mistakes. Sometimes alcohol intensifies those mistakes," says another.

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