Kenny Chesney Speaks Out Against NFL Player Using Racial Slur at His Concert

“I think using language like that is not only unacceptable, it is hateful beyond words,” Kenny says.

Kenny Chesney has spoken out against an NFL player caught on video using a racial slur offstage at Kenny’s show in Philadelphia last month.

In a video that surfaced Wednesday (July 31), Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper is seen saying he would “fight every [racial slur]“ at Kenny’s show. And Kenny’s shocked, he tells 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,” Kenny says.

Cooper joined Kenny onstage at the show to sing “Boys of Fall,” but Kenny didn’t know about the racial slur at the time. And he hopes the incident doesn’t reflect poorly on his crowds, country music or anyone else for that matter.

“To judge an entire audience by one loudmouth 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,” he said.

Cooper has since apologized and the Eagles fined him.

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