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Kenny Chesney Responds To Eagles’ Riley Cooper Racial Slur Video

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Kenny Chesney has reacted to a video showing Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper using a racial slur at the singer’s June 9th concert at the Linc in Philadelphia.

Kenny says he was shocked by the video, which recently appeared on YouTube. In a lengthy statement, the star goes on to admonish Riley Cooper’s use of the N-word.

“I don’t believe in discrimination in any form, and I think using language like that is not only unacceptable, it is hateful beyond words,” Chesney remarked to ESPN this week.

“To judge an entire audience by one loud mouth isn’t fair … not to the NFL, not to the city of Philadelphia and that awesome crowd, not to my band and crew and certainly not to me, who believes music is about bringing people together for friendship and forgetting about the things in life that bring you down. The music I make is about living life, loving life and loving everybody — no matter who they are. That’s how I was raised, and what someone else does or says doesn’t reflect who I am or what my fans stand for.”

The statement comes one day after Cooper apologized for his actions and agreed to go through sensitivity training. The Eagles fined him for the incident.

 

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