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NFL’s Roger Goodell disrespects all black players and fans by not suspending Riley Cooper

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made a big statement in the aftermath of the Riley Cooper N-word controversy. On Aug 1., Goodell announced that the NFL would not be issuing any punishment regarding Cooper’s use of the racial epithet while at a Kenny Chesney concert.

Goodell revealed that he couldn’t hand out an additional fine or suspension because the Philadelphia Eagles had already fined Cooper a measly $37,000 and forced him to take sensitivity classes. Because of the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement, NFL officials aren’t allowed to punish players twice.

However, Cooper’s situation is unique. The Eagles called Goodell and gave him information on the incident after they punished Cooper. In turn, the team attempted to handcuff Goodell by not allowing him to be the first person to decide on a proper punishment. As a result, Goodell should have overruled the Eagles and issued a stiffer penalty.

By not suspending Cooper, Goodell sent a disturbing message to black NFL players and black fans who spend their hard-earned money to support their favorite teams. The underlying message is that a white player can use a racial slur and only receive a slap on the wrist. It shows that the NFL will tolerate such actions without severe repercussions.

At this point, all black NFL players and fans should feel disrespected by Goodell’s lack of action.


  1. Arthur McDonald on August 2, 2013 at 10:42 am

    I think that this situation is being blown out of proportion in light of recent situations that haven’t gone the way of justice. There’s no reason to take it out on this kid. Even so, the guy was at a KENNY CHESNEY concert. I’m sure that there was more than just one guy tossing around the “n” word, not to call out stereotypes, or anything. I dunno. I felt like this was reaching a bit.

    • tiredofdreaming on August 6, 2013 at 12:45 pm

      Pet negros always want to make excuses to support racist practices of their idols. Smdh

      • Arthur McDonald on August 7, 2013 at 3:10 pm

        Yo, man…are you really trying to go there with a complete stranger, right now? I don’t support Cooper’s dumbass decision, any more than I support YOUR being an asshole. The real problem was the organization not handling it sooner, moreso than the dude saying the word, which yes, was still wrong.
        But, lemme tell you something, man…I don’t have to prove my blackness to you, nor does any other brother that happens to share a different opinion or outlook on a situation. I don’t know, or care about this Cooper guy, and I don’t think anyone else ought to either. There are bigger things out there that whites are involved in that are happening as we speak, that negatively affect our community, and there are people in our community that feel it best to separate each other rather than bring us together. You sound like one of those. But, I’m about building bridges with people, man. You wanna talk with your big-boy pants on and get at me on some real solutions and ways we can advance our people and our community, get at me.

    • Very Reasonable Citizen on August 7, 2013 at 2:17 pm

      You shouldn’t slip this under the rug because bad things that are related to justice are happening. It’s pretty indicitive of the times. The reason he got in so much trouble is that he works for a company where 70 percent of the employees are black. He represents that company, and people will lose money because of his antics. The fact that it was at a country music concert means nothing, other than it’s a place you find more racists.

      • Arthur McDonald on August 7, 2013 at 2:57 pm

        Be that as it may, I’m not saying that it wasn’t a stupid move on his part, I just don’t find it to be news worthy