Riley Cooper, Marcus Vick in Online Firefight Over Using N-Word (Video)

Thursday, 01 Aug 2013 09:04 AM

By Michael Mullins

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Marcus Vick, brother of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, placed a $1,000 bounty on the head of Eagles Wide Receiver Riley Cooper after the NFL player was heard uttering the N-word in a video during a Kenny Chesney concert.

On Wednesday, Marcus Vick tweeted, "Hey I'm putting a bounty on Riley's head. 1k to the first Free Safety or Strong safety that light his [profanity] up! Wake him up please....."

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The tweet was later deleted, along with two other subsequent tweets.

"‪Hahahaha! Peace of [profanity]. Who want to play on a team with guys like that?" and "‪Riley Cooper your a [profanity-profanity] Boy!!! Racist peace of [profanity]," Marcus Vick also wrote on Twitter.

The video of Riley Cooper using the racial slur, seen below, was taken in July and emerged Wednesday.

In the video, an agitated Cooper tells friends that he will "fight every f**king [N-word]," behind the security gate at the Kenny Chesney concert, after he got into an argument with black security guards.

Cooper later issued an apology.

"I am so ashamed and disgusted with myself," Cooper said in a statement, ESPN reported. "I want to apologize. I have been offensive. . . I owe an apology to the fans and to this community. I am so ashamed, but there are no excuses. What I did was wrong and I will accept the consequences."

Cooper was subsequently fined an undisclosed amount by the Eagles organization for his racist rant.

"We are shocked and appalled by Riley Cooper's words," Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement. "This sort of behavior or attitude from anyone has no role in a civil society. He has accepted responsibility for his words and his actions. He has been fined for this incident."

Cooper's teammate Michael Vick also weighed into the incident on Twitter, coming to Cooper's defense.


Vick, who returned to the NFL in 2009, spent two years in prison after pleading guilty to federal charges involving the operation of an illegal dog fighting ring, where he reportedly killed and abused dozens of dogs.

When asked about his brother's tweets, Michael Vick sighed before telling reporters, "I don’t agree with what my brother is saying . . . My brother has to not show a certain level of ignorance himself."



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