Riley Cooper excused from Philadelphia Eagles

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If you’re a popular southern cook whose biggest offense is using too much butter, and you happen to say the “N” word a million years ago and no one heard you, your entire business empire crashes down.

If you’re a big-time football star who gets caught on video saying the offensive racial slur to someone in public, you get a slap on the wrist.

By now you’ve likely seen the video of Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper at a Kenny Chesney concert where he drops the “N” bomb when he’s not allowed backstage.

You’ve probably also seen his apology. At one point he said facing his teammates was “one of the toughest things I’ve ever had to do.”

No one feels sorry for you, Cooper.

Except maybe the Eagles.

They had to do something to avoid an even bigger media frenzy. So, they simply excused him from the team for now to undergo counseling.

There’s no word on how long or what the counseling will address.

But you know what they say. You can’t fix stupid.