Riley Cooper is catching hell from all angles right now. And rightfully so. After a video of him using the N-word at a Kenny Chesney concert last month leaked out yesterday, Cooper deserves all of the criticism coming his way. But now, even Chesney himself has spoken out and denounced what Cooper said in the controversial clip.
"I'm as shocked as anyone to see the video of Riley Cooper that's started circulating on the Internet," Chesney told ESPN. "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. I don't know everything about every player who comes to our shows. We invite the teams in the places where we play at, and I've found the guys from the NFL are some of the most inspiring people I meet all year. They give back to their communities, work with children, hospitals, and various charities, as well as raising awesome families. To judge an entire audience by one loud mouth isn't fair…not to the NFL, not to the city of Philadelphia and that awesome crowd, not to my band, and certainly not to me, who believes music is about bringing people together for friendship and forgetting about the things in life that bring you down…That's how I was raised, and what someone else does or says doesn't reflect who I am or what my fans stand for."
Translation: "Please don't associate me with Riley Cooper." Cooper takes another L.