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Eagles: We don’t oversee production of team calendar

E.J. Biggers, Riley Cooper

E.J. Biggers, Riley Cooper

AP

The Eagles found themselves answering questions about their team calendar on Thursday because the page for February featured a picture of wide receiver Riley Cooper.

With February being Black History Month and Cooper being known for being captured on video using an ugly slur directed at African-Americans, some people wondered how such a thing could happen. An Eagles PR rep called it an “honest mistake” and the team followed up later in the day with a statement saying that they had nothing to do with the decision and didn’t have a chance to review the calendar before it was released.

“We do not oversee the production of the annual team calendar. We do not provide any input about the players who are featured or where those pictures appear in the calendar. The NFL licenses the production of that calendar to a third party and we do not have an opportunity to review the material.”

It’s hard to believe there was a nefarious intent involved in the decision to put Cooper on the page for February, but given past calendar mishaps it might not be the worst idea for someone to give these things a once over before they go to press in the future.