Riley Cooper and Cary Williams Involved in Scuffle During Eagles Practice (Video)
Scuffles during NFL practices are commonplace, but the one that unfolded during the Philadelphia Eagles’ practice earlier today is more significant than your average practice scuffle. That’s because it involved Eagles wideout Riley Cooper, who was videotaped making racial slurs at a Kenny Chesney concert this summer, and defensive back Cary Williams, who was one of the Eagles players that voiced his displeasure with Cooper following his comments.
The fight broke out during a non-contact passing drill, as Williams ‘ aggressive coverage on Cooper caused the two to go to the ground—something Cooper didn’t appreciate.
After tussling and exchanging harmless blows for a few seconds, the two were separated by cornerback Brandon Boykin. But that didn’t stop Williams from trying to get at Cooper again moments later. He eventually had to be cooled down by Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson.
Cooper claims that the scuffle had nothing to do with his racial comments, and the incident was never brought up during his exchange with Williams.
Williams is known for being a hothead. He was fined twice last season—$10,000 for fighting with DeSean Jackson while he was a member of the Ravens and $15,750 for a late hit against the Broncos—and he was lucky to avoid punishment for pushing an official during a scuffle at last year’s Super Bowl. He was also involved in a skirmish with Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson during a joint-practice in August.
Here is a look at Williams’ latest dust-up:
So should we believe that Cooper’s racial comments from earlier in the summer had nothing to do with Williams’ reaction?