Michael Vick forgives Riley Cooper, disagrees with Marcus
Michael Vick forgives his Philadelphia Eagles teammate Riley Cooper for using a racist slur while at a Kenny Chesney concert. He also says he disagrees with the harsh words of his brother, Marcus, who wanted to put a bounty on Cooper.
Cooper was fined $1,000 by the team for his comments, and he quickly apologized after video of his slur went viral on Wednesday. Cooper also apparently came to his teammates and apologized to them.
Vick told reporters that Cooper apologized to them and that there was an open dialogue among the team after his apology. He said he forgave Cooper and that he disagrees with what his brother tweeted.
“We all make mistakes in life… As a teammate, I forgave him,” Vick told reporters.
“My brother has to not show a certain level of ignorance himself,” Mike said of brother Marcus, via the LA Times’ Sam Farmer.
Vick also tweeted the following note:
Riley's my friend Our relationship is mutual respect. He looked me in the eyes and apologized. I believe in forgiveness and I believe in him
— Mike Vick (@MikeVick) August 1, 2013
Though Vick forgives Cooper, others may not be so quick to forgive. According to Jeff McLane of the Philly Inquirer, wide receiver Jason Avant said that although some already have forgiven Cooper, it may take a while before others do.
Who figured that in all this mess, it would be Michael Vick coming across as the most mature individual?
Photo: Twitter/Jeff McLane