Steve left his hometown of Santa Maria on the central coast of California in 2008 to finish his bachelors degree in communications at Cal State Fullerton and pursue a career in radio broadcasting. Shortly after beginning classes at Fullerton, he found the campus radio station and began hosting his own sports talk show and made it a goal of his to bring the schools top ranked baseball program to the station. After being one of the voices of the Titan basketball, and baseball, teams for two seasons, Steve got an internship on the Petros and Money Show in the Summer of 2011. Now, Steve works as a member of the AM 570 Fox Sports Radio promotions team and can be spotted all over southern California repping the brand.
It's amazing to me that one word can still be the root of so much drama surrounding our society. A word that has made people millions of dollars, and a word that has cost people millions of dollars. In the case of Riley Cooper, who made the ever more common mistake of opening his alcohol influenced mouth in front of a hundred amateur TMZ photographers at a Kenny Chesney concert earlier in the week, it's going to cost him at least a few thousand. It didn't take his employer long to react and I am so glad to see that the Eagles organization is jumping very far out in front of this. After Riley has finished his sensitivity training, and scratching out a nice fat check, the ugly six letter word surely will never leave his mouth again.
Seriously Chip? This is how you are going to start off your season as the new head coach? Fining one of your only healthy wide outs for using a word that you hear a hundred times a day walking in and out of the training facility? Now I am sure the Eagles organization has an honor student staff working in their PR department, but nothing they can do in this situation is ever going to assure me that no player that puts on the green and white jersey will ever utter that nasty racial slur again. Maybe that's not what they are trying to convince me of, but it sure seems like it.
Fining Riley Cooper for using that word is wrong, and I don't care how offensive that seems. Why would you fine a white player for using the word, and not a black player? How is that not offensive? I heard one particular radio host this morning claim that word should be banished from our language and dictionaries. How is that even possible when we enable the use of it? Society has basically been saying for decades that using that word is OK for one particular race, and I am getting sick of it.
I am not black, and I do not use that word. If someone else wants to use it, then fine. I treat it like a curse word. For example, I wouldn't go in to a church and start screaming out curse words to the choir. I generally don't like to swear in front of my mother, either. My point is, there is a time and a place. If an Asian man grew up in a neighborhood where the "N" word is used openly and freely, then he will probably have a hard time erasing that word from his vocabulary. This man should also know, or have a good idea, when it may be in-appropriate to use certain words. Common Sense is all it takes and Riley Cooper didn't show much of it at the Kenny Chesney concert. But for the Eagles organization to fine him and then act like they are some sort of crusaders for equality in this country is just bogus. What the hell is sensitivity training anyways? A nice way of saying don't say stupid things in front of cameras anymore if you ask me.
We all just need to grow up a little more, including myself, no matter how big or old we already are.