Kenny Chesney, whose concert at the Linc in June served as the scene of Riley Cooper’s racist slur, said he was stunned to see the video of the Eagles’ wide receiver that went viral on Wednesday.
"I'm as shocked as anyone to see the video of Riley Cooper that's started circulating on the internet,” Chesney told ESPN senior writer LZ Granderson. "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.”
Several Eagles attended Chesney’s concert, including head coach Chip Kelly. A picture on the team’s official website showed Cooper, Kelly and other Eagles on stage with Chesney.
It’s unclear whether Cooper’s confrontation with an African-American security guard took place before or after the stage photo with Chesney was taken.
"I don't know everything about every player who comes to our shows,” Chesney added. “We invite the teams in the places where we play, 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 crew 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.
“The music I make is about living life, loving life and loving everybody -- no matter who they are. 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."