The last thing I want to talk about or even hear about is Riley Cooper. The story has grabbed national headlines since it broke last Wednesday and has yet to quiet down. As a white man in America I have no clue as to the hurt and pain that word has caused in this situation and countless others for generations. The fact remains it is time to move on, time to forgive Riley Cooper.
You can either choose to love the person and hate the sin or hate the person for the sin. We are ALL fallen. I'm not in anyway brushing what Cooper said under the rug but it's time to forgive and forget. The man made a mistake.
Eagles fellow wide receiver Jason Avant, who has every right to be upset, chose to embrace Cooper instead of push him away.
"As a Christian, I will always err on the side of mercy."
Avant is an example for all of us of what it means to be a Christian. You have to let the person who hurt you or us off the hook. It doesn't seem fair to the person being hurt, but forgiveness isn't fair. God doesn't give us what we deserve, he gives us what we need.
As players like LeSean McCoy were quick to cut ties with their teammate Avant was quick to forgive. As #14 stepped back onto the practice field on Tuesday in South Philly Avant was the first to acknowledge Cooper with a handshake and a conversation. Later in the day as Cooper hauled in a touchdown pass Avant was there to celebrate with a chest bump.
I can't imagine this is the last we will here about Cooper but let's forgive the man as we have been forgiven and instead of chastising him for his mistakes and running him out of town, let's love #14 as Avant has so graciously demonstrated. Just as Christ loves us.