In yesterdays post I mentioned the uproar caused by Riley Cooper, the wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles, when he used the "N" words as a weapon as he found himself in a heated exchange with a African American security guard at a recent concert he attended.
The "N" word, is there a more divisive, insulting, powerful word in the english language? I don't think so.
There isn't another singular word, when uttered, that causes so much heated conversation.
It is such a toxic word, when people speak of it, it is not mentioned or typed on a keyboard.
It is given a nick name. The "N" word.
When I first heard the report of what this guy said, honestly, I wasn't bowled over as some were. I was surprised it made it to ESPN and now, to national news outlets. I hear the word frequently. I work with people who use it almost as an endearing term in certain situations. I work with people who listen to music where THAT WORD is used alot.
I thought he was more stupid than racist.
Then I watched the video that started all this.
Oh, he's a racist.
This dude has problems. He used that word like a snake uses venom. He obviously has a dark place inside, he may not visit there often, but he was visiting there that night at the concert.
The football team is a mess. After the initial support showed by some of the players, now reports are leaking out that a lot of players are having a hard time even being around Riley Cooper. With good reason.
The tolerance to bigotry of any kind is less and less these days in our society. I ask myself, if I were a player on that team, would I want him as a team mate.
After watching the video, that answer would be no.
At the present time Riley Cooper has been released from the team to get professional help.
So, after a week or two, when he returns, what then?
I don't see him playing anywhere, anytime soon.
A moment of stupidity, and a career lost.
He brought this on himself.