McCarthy hopes Cooper can be forgiven

Discussion in 'Tennessee Titans and NFL Talk' started by Titans Insider, Aug 2, 2013.

  1. Titans Insider

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    Back in the day, Colin McCarthy threw passes to Riley Cooper.

    They were teammates at Clearwater Central High School in Florida, and they’re still friends.

    McCarthy expressed sympathy and support for the embattled Cooper, who on Friday was excused by the Eagles to undergo counseling after he used a racial slur.

    The Titans linebacker also hopes the public forgives Cooper.

    “The words he said, it is not something you gloss over. I know he regrets what he said, and he wishes he could take the back, but he can’t,” McCarthy said. “But I know what kind of person he is. Obviously there is no room for what he said, or any good that came from it. Knowing him, he wishes those words never came out of his mouth and he is dealing with the consequences now.

    “But from a friend, to a teammate, to a guy I grew up with, it doesn’t reflect the kind of person he is. It is tough, but he put himself in that situation so he has to deal with it. But hopefully he and everyone can eventually get past it.”

    Cooper, who previously issued an apology, also released a statement saying his “actions were inexcusable.” The Eagles fined the wide receiver for using the N-word at a Kenny Chesney concert last month. A video of Cooper uttering the word surfaced this week.

    McCarthy, who was a high school quarterback, said he texted Cooper to offer support.

    Titans safety Bernard Pollard, who is black, said he has never met Cooper. He said Cooper deserves a second chance.

    “That word … shouldn’t come out of anybody’s mouth. It is a touchy word. I know a lot of black people feel like they should be entitled and it’s OK to say it because they’re black. But we need to watch what we say, because as a society we don’t want our kids growing up saying it, we don’t want people saying it,” Pollard said.

    “But I can get past it because everybody deserves a second chance. If I was his teammate, who am I to throw the first stone? I have said some things and done things and people have forgiven me.”

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  2. GoT

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    McCarthy needs too worry about staying healthy instead of his stupid buddy
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  3. Zappa71

    Zappa71 MYAAAH!

    Yea really.
  4. amy

    amy Starter

    People do strange,ugly, mean things when under the influence of booze. I read where he had been drinking all afternoon and the concert didn't begin until 8:00 pm. If true, he likely was pretty plastered and probably didn't even remember what he said. Of course it doesn't excuse it, but it is understandable.
  5. Titanup1982

    Titanup1982 Pro Bowler

    GoT took the words from my mouth.
  6. TheBisco

    TheBisco Starter

    Hahahahahahaha.Oh my goodness! Drinking in the afternoon before a concert that started as late as 8 PM?! People have had more to drink before a Wiggles concert you old schoolmarm. He deserves bonus points for just sticking to alcohol if anything.
  7. Danimal

    Danimal Starter

    The only things you can't take back are the bullets from your gun and the words from your mouth. . . .
  8. GoT

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    or hitting the Enter key
  9. Zappa71

    Zappa71 MYAAAH!

    Hey Crutches McCarthy...stop worrying about your old school butt buddy and get your butt in the game!
  10. RazorbackTitan

    RazorbackTitan Starter

    If people don't want the word being said, don't use it as a term of endearment in other situations. That simple.
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