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Thursday August 1st, 2013

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick says the team forgave Riley Cooper after he said a racial slur. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) Eagles QB Michael Vick says the team forgave Riley Cooper after he said a racial slur. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick says the team has forgiven wide receiver Riley Cooper for using a racial slur that was caught on tape, the Los Angeles Times reports.

"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."

SI WIRE: Eagles WR Riley Cooper issues apology for racial slur

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."

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