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Goodell: Riley Cooper Won't Face NFL Punishment Over Slur

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Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper will not receive any additional punishment from the National Football League after being caught on video using a racial slur.

That's according to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who made the comments during an appearance on ESPN's "Mike & Mike in the Morning" show on Thursday.

Goodell called Cooper's comments "obviously wrong, insensitive and unacceptable."

But the commissioner told ESPN, "He's accepted responsibility for it, he has spoken to his team, he has been disciplined by the club, and will go through some training with the club to understand."

"I'm glad to see the club stepped up and took a decisive action quickly, and that's the important part of this," Goodell added. "We do not penalize at the club level and the league level for the same instance. That's not something that we do (per the collective bargaining agreement) ... We will not be taking action separately from the club."

The video, posted online by the website CrossingBroad.com, showed the wide receiver with beer in hand using a racial slur towards a security guard at a Kenny Chesney concert: "I'm going to jump that fence and fight every one of n----- here, bro."

Cooper met Wednesday with Eagles team owner Jeffrey Lurie, general manager Howie Roseman and coach Chip Kelly before making a public apology.

Lurie released a statement saying: "We are shocked and appalled by Riley Cooper's words. This sort of behavior or attitude from anyone has no role in a civil society."

Lurie also said Cooper has been fined for the comments.

The NFL's original statement called the comments "wrong, offensive and unacceptable."

The fallout from Cooper's comment is an early-training camp distraction for the team. Players are dealing with the aftermath, and fans are giving their opinions.

Some fans have come out accepting Cooper's apology; others, not so much.

Quarterback Michael Vick said he accepted Cooper's apology as a teammate, and had to distance himself from remarks by his brother, Michael Vick, who placed a bounty on Cooper before deleting his Twitter messages.

The Eagles issued a statement Thursday that said, "In meeting with Riley yesterday, we decided together that his next step will be to seek outside assistance to help him fully understand the impact of his words and actions. He needs to reflect. As an organization, we will provide the resources he needs to do so."

The Eagles say they will donate Cooper's fine money to charitable and community groups.

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams says Cooper's comment -- while calling them vulgar, ignorant, stupid and inexcusable -- don't rise to the level of a hate crime.

Williams said he hopes this is a teachable moment, and he'll work with, the player, team and community, suggesting also that Cooper should talk with kids.

FOX 29's Dave Schratwieser will have more on reaction to Cooper's comments during the FOX 29 News at 5 & 6.

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