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Kenny Chesney, Riley Cooper Rant [VIDEO]: Country Singer Says Racist Comments 'Hateful Beyond Words,' Wants No Part of Eagles WR Controversy

by Jon Niles   Aug 3, 2013 20:50 PM EDT

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Kenny Chesney has made an official statement in response to footage of Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper going on a racist rant during one of the country music singer's concerts. Unsurprisingly, the musician, busy with his 2013 "No Shoes Nation" tour, does not condone such language and is ashamed that the rant happened at one of his concerts.

Here is the singer's statement in regards to Cooper's racial rant:

"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.

"I don't know everything about every player who comes to our shows. 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."

Check out the video footage of Riley Cooper going on his racial rant during one of Chesney's concerts:

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