A lot of victims were left in the wake of the 10-second video that branded Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper as a racist and might have ended his NFL career.
Include Kenny Chesney among the collateral damage.
An unfortunate number of people took in the site of Cooper’s N-bomb — a Chesney concert at Philly’s Lincoln Financial Field – and concluded, “Yeah, that figures, a country concert. Bet that wasn’t the only N-word dropped there that night.”
That, however, is a slap in the face to Chesney, who has always refused to buy into the stereotype.
He wasted no time condemning Cooper to ESPN.com’s LZ Granderson:
“I don’t believe in discrimination in ANY form, and I think using language like that is not only unacceptable, it is hateful beyond words.”
OK, good damage control, right?
Chesney doesn’t need to worry about damage control.
Go back to 2011, to an ESPN documentary about a college football pioneer, Condredge Holloway – the first black starting quarterback in the Southeastern Conference, at Tennessee, from 1972-74. Holloway was the prototype for Randall Cunningham, Donovan McNabb, Michael Vick and so many others, and he broke down the door for the Tee Martins, Chris Leaks and Cam Newtons – they all led their teams to national titles – in the long-segregated league.
The co-director, producer and narrator of “The Color Orange: The Condredge Holloway Story” grew up near Knoxville, idolized Holloway as a kid and wore his jersey to school for a class picture. He later got to know Holloway, and his love for the subject is what pushed the project to completion and convinced the legend to do it.
The man most responsible to bringing his hero’s story to the screen?
It’s something Riley Cooper might want to think about during his leave of absence from the Eagles for sensitivity training.