Michael Vick: Eagles have forgiven Riley Cooper
"He apologized for what he did, and as a team we understood," Vick said. "We all make mistakes in life and we all do and say things that maybe we do mean or we don't mean. But as a teammate, I forgave him."
Cooper apologized to the organization and was fined an undisclosed amount for a racial slur he said while attending a June 9 concert at Lincoln Financial Field. Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement that the team was "shocked and appalled" by Cooper's words and that "sort of behavior or attitude from anyone has no role in a civil society."
"I just spoke to Riley inside the bubble during the walk-through for about 15 minutes," Vick said. "[Coach Chip Kelly] allowed me to say a few words to the team. He allowed all of us to have open dialogue for five minutes on how we wanted to move forward. I think we cleared the air. We all have an understanding that the most important thing for this football team is to move forward as of right now."