According to a team announcement, the wide receiver is essentially taking a leave of absence from training camp to meet with counselors, which is a requirement forced upon him by the Eagles organization.
“As we have said, Riley Cooper will be seeking counseling and we have excused him from all team activities,” the team said in a statement. “This is all new territory and we are going to evaluate this timetable every step of the way. He will meet with professionals provided by the Eagles during this period of time to better help him understand how his words have hurt so many, including his teammates.”
Cooper, who has been condemned by a few teammates, also released a statement via the team.
“The last few days have been incredibly difficult for me,” Cooper said. “My actions were inexcusable. The more I think about what I did, the more disgusted I get. I keep trying to figure out how I could have said something so repulsive, and what I can do to make things better.”
“Right now, I think it’s important for me to take some time to reflect on this situation. The organization and my teammates have been extremely supportive, but I also realize that there are people who will have a tough time for giving me for what I’ve done. The best thing for me, and for the team, is to step away for a period of time.”
Cooper’s return to team activity is unknown at this time. More details coming soon.