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Kenny Chesney shocked by football player's concert slur

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Aug 01, 2013 | 10:26pm EDT

Country singer Kenny Chesney has defended the reputation of his fans after American football player Riley Cooper was filmed using racist language at one of his recent concerts. The Philadelphia Eagles star was at the centre of a Twitter.com storm on Wednesday (31Aug13) when video footage of him using the N-word at Chesney's gig in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in June (13) went viral. Caught on camera, an angry Cooper, who appears to embroiled in an argument at the show, can be heard ranting, "I will jump that fence and fight every (N-word) here, bro." Chesney has now distanced himself from Cooper's behaviour, insisting his fans and the football community should not be tarnished because of the language used by one man. He tells ESPN, "I'm as shocked as anyone to see the video of Riley Cooper that's started circulating on the Internet. 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. "To judge an entire audience by one loud mouth isn't fair... not to the NFL (National Football League), 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." Cooper has since released an apology, saying, "I am so ashamed and disgusted with myself. I want to apologise. I owe an apology to the fans and to this community. I am so ashamed, but there are no excuses. What I did was wrong and I will accept the consequences."

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