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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Report: Riley Cooper was made aware of video before release

Riley Cooper videoPhiladelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper told reporters on Wednesday that he was not aware of the video that captured him threatening to “fight every n—er” at a Kenny Chesney concert priot to it being released by Crossing Broad that day. Crossing Broad’s Kyle Scott, who purchased the video, says Cooper’s claim is untrue.

According to Scott, the people in original possession of the video attempted to contact Cooper over Twitter many times regarding the video. They must have gotten Cooper’s attention, because the wide receiver eventually blocked one of the people on Twitter.

Here’s what Crossing Broad says:

The video had been circulated amongst a small group of friends, several of whom contacted Cooper via Twitter over the past month and a half. Two of the people who contacted Cooper, one of whom eventually provided us with the video, confirmed that Cooper blocked them on Twitter, perhaps as recently as Sunday night.

Before releasing the video, we knew that Cooper had been contacted about its existence, but were unaware of the extent to which attempts to reach him occurred. Our source estimates that, since mid-June, Cooper was “tweeted at” 10-15 times by at least three separate accounts about the video in which he threatened to “jump the fence and fight every nigger” at the Chesney concert. All of those Tweets have since been deleted, but we’ve seen several of them and can confirm their existence.

The Eagles seemed to respond to Scott’s report when they issued this statement on Sunday

“Riley Cooper made us aware of the tweets when the video became public. He told us that he did not know about the video. He informed us he blocked the tweets because he did not know the person nor understand the context of what that person was threatening. We promptly alerted NFL Security. This information potentially speaks to a legal issue that is a matter between Riley and the authorities. Our focus has been on Riley’s words and actions.”

The Eagles are sharing what Cooper told them, so it’s entirely possible that the receiver lied to them and the reporters. I tend to believe Crossing Broad more than Cooper at this point.


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