Chesney Responds to Riley Cooper Incident

posted August 1st, 2013 at 1:48 pm

by Josh Martn

On Wednesday, a video began circulating of Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper using the n-word while at the Kenny Chesney concert in Philadelphia this summer. The incident has turned into one of the biggest stories in sports right now.

Kenny reached out to ESPN to defend his fans:

“All I do is get off my bus and try to give the fans all the heart and passion I got. That’s where it starts and stops; that’s all I think about.

“I’m as shocked as anyone to see the video of Riley Cooper that’s started circulating on the internet. 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 told ESPN’s LZ Granderson.

“I don’t know everything about every player who comes to our shows. We invite the teams in the places where we play, and I’ve found the guys from the NFL are some of the most inspiring people I meet all year. They give back to their communities, work with children, hospitals and various charities, as well as raising awesome families.

“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.”

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  • Patty805

    Well said Kenny!!

  • Cindy Adams Chesney

    That is what I LOVE about you Kenneth Arnold! Stay true to your roots and your convictions! Love you!!!

    • karen

      your so right


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