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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Eagles WR Riley Cooper apologizes for racial slur

08.01.13 at 8:02 am ET
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THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Mariners at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cardinals at Pirates, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper issued an apology Wednesday and was fined by the team after video surfaced of him using a racial slur following an argument with an African-American security guard at a Kenny Chesney concert in June. In the video, Cooper — a three-year veteran from the University of Florida (where else?) who is white — says, “I will jump that fence and fight every [N-word] here.”

Tweeted Cooper: I am so ashamed and disgusted with myself. I want to apologize. I have been offensive. I have apologized to my coach, [owner] Jeffrey Lurie, and [GM] Howie roseman and to my teammates. I owe an apology to the fans to this community. I am so ashamed, but there are no excuses. What I did Was wrong and I will accept the consequences.

Cooper also met with the media and said alcohol played a role in his action. “This is the lowest of lows,” he said. “This is not the type of person I want to be portrayed as. This isn’t the type of person I am. I’m extremely sorry.”

Added Cooper: There’s no excuse for what I said. I don’t use that term. I was raised better than that. I have a great mom and dad and they’re disgusted with my actions.”

Teammate Michael Vick said he’s already forgiven Cooper.

“I know what type of person he is,” Vick said. “That’s what makes it hard to understand but easy to forgive him.”

Vick’s brother, Marcus, however, wasn’t willing to let it go. Marcus, who has had his own share of troubles (he was dismissed from Virginia Tech in 2006), tweeted that he was putting a $1,000 bounty on Cooper’s head “to the first free safety or strong safety that light his [expletive] up! Wake him up please’€¦..”

‘™¦ The Jets’ quarterback battle got a little more interesting Wednesday when an unnamed player talked to ESPN about rookie Geno Smith outplaying incumbent Mark Sanchez in the first week of training camp.

“He can do more,” the player said of Smith, after Sanchez struggled with the starting unit. Sanchez has thrown an interception in two straight practices, while Smith has yet to throw a pick in drills covering the first five practices.

Asked if he felt he had taken the lead in the QB competition, Smith said: “I don’t know, ask the coaches. I feel good, though. I feel confident. I feel like I’m playing really well.”

Coach Rex Ryan acknowledged that Smith’s accuracy is impressive, but he said it “concerns me a little bit” that Smith holds on to the ball too long when facing pressure.

‘™¦ According to multiple reports, LeBron James is considering running for president of the National Basketball Players Association.

“It’€™s something he has talked about with a small group of people,” a source with close ties to James told FoxSports.com on Wednesday. “He was very vocal at the meeting during the All-Star Weekend about the need for the union to dramatically change. There is a new executive director coming in and new commissioner. He recognizes that this is the time for the union to change.”

The association could elect a successor to current NBPA president Derek Fisher in August, at its annual meeting in Las Vegas. Or it might want until the appointment of a new executive director, as Billy Hunter was dismissed earlier this year and a replacement has not been hired.

James has become more vocal about union issues the past couple of years, although he reportedly is concerned that he won’t be able to devote the necessary time to be the union leader due to his myriad other commitments.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 1, 2004, which newly acquired Red Sox player (part of the Nomar Garciaparra trade) debuted with a home run off Twins ace Johan Santana in his first at-bat?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It’s just huge to get a win out of that game. Back and forth, their bullpen’s doing well, our bullpen’s doing well. We made some key plays that kept us in it.” – Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew, after his game-winning hit in the 15th inning lifted the Sox to a 5-4 victory over the Mariners in 15 innings

STAT OF THE DAY: 3 – Consecutive games the Rangers have won via walk-off home runs, with the most recent coming Wednesday night courtesy of Adrian Beltre‘s ninth-inning blast that completed a three-game sweep of the Angels

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Louisiana-Lafayette football coach Mark Hudspeth shows his players how it’s done in the weight room, as he bench presses 225 pounds 25 times.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Orlando Cabrera

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Counting Crows lead singer Adam Duritz was born on this day in 1964.

Read More: Geno Smith, LeBron James, Mark Sanchez, Riley Cooper