PHILADELPHIA — Rush Limbaugh has reached out to shamed Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper after a video of Cooper using a racial slur at a Kenny Chesney concert went viral.
Cooper has been excused from Eagles team activities in light of the video, which shows him shouting, “I will jump that fence and fight every n—er here, bro!”
Limbaugh criticized the team’s decision and the outcry during his Friday radio show. “First of all, what were blacks doing at a Kenny Chesney show? I didn’t see any in the video, but I assume they were there, and it must be looked at as a provocation,” said Limbaugh. “I wouldn’t expect to go to a Lil’ Jay Kanye Will Smith whoever rap concert and expect to come out unscathed,” he added, “it’s another liberal double-standard.”
Cooper himself was apologetic, stating, “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.”
Kenny Chesney told ESPN that he is “shocked as anyone to see the video of Riley Cooper that’s started circulating on the Internet. I don’t believe in discrimination in any form, and I think using language like that is not only unacceptable, it is hateful beyond words.”
But Limbaugh maintained that Cooper has nothing to be ashamed of and cautioned country music fans to be wary of African-Americans at future concerts, fuming, “What was once a place where you could go and express your rights to free speech is being encroached upon by hypocritical minorities and so-called political correctness.”
“My only advice to you, Riley Cooper, is that you don’t pronounce the “r” at the end,” concluded Limbaugh. “Apparently that makes it worse to them. Even when you’re at a country music concert.”