Anti-Defamation League Offers Sensitivity Training For Riley Cooper
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By Justin Udo
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The fallout from Eagles’ wide receiver Riley Cooper’s use of the N-word continues, as the Anti-Defamation League weighs in on how the situation should be handled (see previous story).
Barry Morrison, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League in Philadelphia, says that too often such behavior by professional athletes is too quickly dismissed.
“We think it’s very important to make sure that this is, as has been said, a teachable moment,” Morrison tells KYW Newsradio, “that lessons are driven home, that some good comes from this bad and negative situation.”
Morrison has reached out to Eagles’ owner Jeffrey Lurie in hopes of helping Cooper better understand his actions.
“We would be happy to provide assistance to help him to understand what happened here, to provide some kind of program that would facilitate his making amends,” Morrison says.
And Morrison says the Eagles and Cooper have already moved in the right direction by acknowledging his mistake and stating that it was inappropriate (see related story).