Until a week ago, I'd never really heard of Riley Cooper. He was simply another depth player on a team I don't give a rip about.
Then he dropped the N-BOMB, and suddenly he's headline news.
This is what we've sunk to?
Media turd after media turd are sewer fishing on this one, asking "players of color" if they think the guy is racist. Demanding apology after apology. Criticizing and condemning Cooper as everything from a racist to a punk.
I am constantly amazed - and saddened - by the double standard applied to these types of events.
Riley Cooper said a dumb thing. Yup...agreed. Riley Cooper should probably apologize to THE PERSON HE SAID IT TO. Then, Riley Cooper should make some sort of statement about how it was a stupid thing to say, and ho0w he regrets it, and how it truly doesn't reflect who he is and what he believes.
Oh...wait...he's done most of that.
Now they want him to attend COUNSELING?!?!?!?!?!?
I have friends of every race. color, creed, and orientation. I have used derogatory terms to describe every race, color, creed, and orientation. Does that mean that I need counseling? Should I embark on a journey of contrition, apologizing to every person I meet for having used an objectionable term at some point in my life that likely described them?
Not gonna happen.
And neither should Riley Cooper.
This thing gets traction because the media forces it to. Riley Cooper isn't news. the fact that he said a dumb thing shouldn't be news. Because I will BET that every person vilifying Riley Cooper right now has, at some point in their lives, said something they wish they hadn't. But by hanging Riley Cooper out to dry, they somehow feel that it balances the scales.
Kiddies, don't say dumb things. Be aware of what comes out of your mouth. But if you screw up...if you have a moment where your judgement fails and you exhibit human weakness...pray that some jack-hole media turd with no ability to spot real news isn't there to make you the poster-child of racial intolerance.