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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Eagles WR Riley Cooper says ‘there’s been no friction’ with teammates after racial slur

08.02.13 at 8:09 am ET

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Riley Cooper

Riley Cooper

♦ Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper, who apologized Wednesday after video surfaced of him using a racial slur, will attend sensitivity training.

“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,” the team said in a statement Thursday. “He needs to reflect. As an organization, we will provide the resources he needs to do so.”

Cooper said Thursday that he has received support from his teammates after an “extremely emotional” meeting with them.

“There’s been no friction,” Cooper said. “I respect a lot of the guys that came up to me yesterday and today. Numerous, numerous, numerous players said, ‘Coop, we know that’s not the type of person you are. We respect you, and we’re behind you, and if you need anything, call me, text me, you know I’m there for you.’ That definitely felt good.”

However, teammate LeSean McCoy said that while he forgives Cooper, he won’t view him the same.

“Just on a friendship level, and as a person, I can’t really respect somebody like that,” McCoy said. “I think as a team, we need to move past it. There are some things that are going to be hard to work with, to be honest.”

♦ Jets coach Rex Ryan normally is talking big this time of year, but coming off a disastrous 2012 season Ryan has taken a different tone: proving the critics wrong.

“You know what, if you’re a competitor, how does that thing not get you?” Ryan said of predictions that the Jets will have a losing record in 2013. “How does that not motivate you? It’s almost like, ‘OK, well, we’re going to show you.’ ”

Added Ryan: “We don’t believe those [predictions] are true. It’s going to be proven out. It’ll be proven out when the season comes rolling around. We feel that we’ll be much better than that.”

Guard Willie Colon agreed that the players can use the lack of respect as motivation.

“We just have to start winning, we have to shut our mouths, we have to grow closer as a team and we have to be as hard-nosed as we can be,” Colon said. “I’m pretty sure a lot of teams already have us checked off on their schedule. That’s the bottom line. We have to show up on Sunday and punch a lot of people in the mouth and wake them up.”

♦ With Major League Baseball reportedly close to announcing suspensions for the players connected to the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug issue, Real Clear Sports has a list of the 10 biggest frauds in sports.

No. 8 is 1980 Boston Marathon cheater Rose Ruiz. No. 7 is the Spygate-tainted 2007 Patriots. Also on the list: Little League cheater Danny Almonte, disgraced NBA referee Tim Donaghy, Alex Rodriguez and, at No. 1, Lance Armstrong.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 2, 1923, Harry Frazee‘s controversial tenure as Red Sox owner officially with the installation of a new ownership group led by which man who also served as team president?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I know everything happens for a reason and I know ‘God’ has a plan for me and something good will come out of this. The world just makes things of false accusations and it will all die down especially when they say NOT GUILTY and all the people who have turned on me will feel like crap.” Text from a letter allegedly written by Aaron Hernandez from his jail cell

STAT OF THE DAY: 11 – Walkoff victories for the Red Sox this season, following Thursday’s 8-7 win over the Mariners that featured a six-run ninth inning

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Wizards guard John Wall throws himself a full-court alley-oop (with a little help from some trick photography).

At an International Champions Cup soccer match in San Francisco between European teams Juventus and Everton, a fan runs onto the field and takes a penalty kick.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Andrew Gold, who died in 2011, was born on this day in 1951.

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