This summer Riley Cooper stirred up some controversy with some racial comments that were caught on video. The incident threatened the locker room for new Head Coach Chip Kelly, but with good leadership, according to Eagles owner Jeffery Lurie, Kelly saved the locker room before it ever got off track.
“He brings people together, and he’s dynamic,” Lurie said of Kelly, via Mike Sielski of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “Cooper’s a good example, a really good example.”
Lurie said that Kelly already had a plan of action on how to deal with Cooper and his teammates.
“Chip had a plan of how to deal with the humanness of it all,” Lurie said. “He really was able to help get the team together through the adversity. That’s what you have to do in the NFL, because you’re always going to have things like that.
“It wasn’t sort of a knee-jerk reaction. It was a thoughtful reaction, and he understands the locker room and the players and the chemistry and what needed to be done. It wasn’t like he was a populist politician or something. It’s about true leadership, not superficial leadership.”-Thacover2.com