On Thursday, there was a report that the Eagles locker room was beginning to divide because Riley Cooper’s racist outburst at a Kenny Chesney concert. A group of players have forgiven Cooper and accepted his apology. But there is another group of who are having a hard time forgiving Cooper. And they also believe that Cooper got off easy when it comes to his punish.
But what we hadn’t heard is how Chip Kelly feels this would affect his team. And as you may have guessed, he also sees that this has the potential to divide his locker room.
Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Riley Cooper’s spot on the team was never in jeopardy and that the Eagles consulted with the NFL before levying a fine to Cooper. The team did not consult with players before determining the penalty, and Kelly acknowledged that there is concern that it could divide the locker room.
“I think it’s going to take some time,” Kelly said. “The guys that know Riley and are a little bit closer to him, it may be a little easier to them. But also some guys that just met him or just got here, and they’re still trying to wrap their arms around it. I don’t think this is a situation that’s going to go away tomorrow. We certainly understand it.”
“We have to have some open communication to make sure that everybody understands what went on and that what Riley’s doing to atone for that,” Kelly said.
So like I said before, good luck to Chip Kelly. He’s definitely going to need it.