Phins Rock wrote:
Like anything it's not what was said, it's the context in which it was said.
I know gay people that call each other faggots all the time, similarly to the way black men call each other N's.
If I referred to a gay man as a faggot though, that's offensive. I'm using it with the understanding of what it means. As is calling somebody the N word in the context it was used here.
The word being said isn't wrong in today's society (although it probably should be), nor is it wrong that a white guy said it. I know white guys who call their black friends N's...Nothing offensive about it to them clearly (as strange as it is to me). Cooper said it with the intention of being offensive though.
I guess the way I like to think of it is he said "nigger" not "niggah".
The guy certainly doesn't appear to have a history of lashing out at black people or secretly plotting their demise. To me it wreaks of a situation where he was amped up from being drunk out of his mind and "in the moment" he pulled the most verbally offensive card he could. I see this kind of thing all the time when I'm out at night at the bars here in Scottsdale.
Is it latent racism boiling to the surface? Again, based on everything up to this point I just don't see it. If somebody is a blatantly racist white guy, the NFL seems a highly illogical place for them since it's got over 70% black ball players. I find it hard to believe that a guy like Cooper would be hanging with black guys from the squad or forming a bond with Michael Vick over his tenure if he hated black people.
I'd certainly take a flyer on him, but knowing Philbin's modus operandi I don't see it ever happening. He had mini distractions earlier with Wallace's comments and Pouncey's lame a$$ hat.
On a side note, where are all these black people pissed off at other black people when they use the word "nigga" in vain? Like when you hear rap lyrics with the phrase "byotch azz nigga" or things of that nature.