Riley Cooper offended me. He disrespected not just another player, not just his own team or another team. He didn't just disrespect the league or the sport. Not even just the USA. He is an Ugly American. And he disrespected a whole race. Were you offended?
There is shame on the Philadelphia Eagles owner and their new head coach. There is shame on Goodell, the NFL and everyone who accepts that Riley Cooper is "all better now" after four days. Does anyone think that meaningful sensitivity training and counseling can have any *real* effect in just four days? I don't.
Riley Cooper apologized. To everyone. To certain individuals. And his apologies were sincere. I believe they were sincere. But is that enough? Is four days off enough?
This happened in the wake of the Paula Deen embarrassment. She was dropped *immediately* by the Food Network and a dozen other big name sponsors. The Patriots wasted no time in cutting ties with the prime suspect in a murder case. So Riley Cooper did not commit murder and he's not in Paula Deen's notoriety league, but do we, the NFL, the players, a whole race, welcome him back with open arms after only four days?
I want more. I want something else. I think the justice system in place is being ignored. Is being changed. People are not looking at what might be just and fair. They're looking at money or they're just not looking at all.
Okay. I'm done. You can look the other way now. You can go back to looking away, hoping it will all just go away.
Riley Cooper is now the product of a changed justice system... ...and it only took four days to show itself.