Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper was in the news Wednesday for all the wrong reasons when a video of the 25-year-old using the N-word while attending a Kenny Chesney concert surfaced on the internet. Cooper has since been fined by the Eagles and profusely apologized.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell appeared on ESPN's "Mike & Mike" morning show Thursday, telling the hosts that the league will not pursue any supplementary discipline, but naturally, the conversation shifted towards another racial slur -- Redskin -- and how the league continues to endorse the nickname of Washington's professional football team while condemning Cooper for using a term that many feel is on the same level.
“I don’t see a comparison,” Goodell told the Mikes. “That’s a name that has always represented pride, heritage, tradition; the things that, I think, have made Redskins fans so proud of that name. And they have always presented the Redskins in a positive light. We have to continue to be open and continue to listen, but we also want to make sure we’re doing what’s right to encourage that heritage and that pride we have in the Redskins name.”
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