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Kenny Chesney has spoken out against Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper‘s use of a racial slur at the singer’s recent concert. Video surfaced Wednesday of Cooper saying he would “fight every (racial slur)” at Chesney’s Philadelphia show. Kenny tells ESPN.com he was just as shocked as anyone to see the video.

“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,” Chesney says.

Cooper joined Chesney on stage at that show to sing “Boys of Fall,” but the country star makes a point to invite the NFL teams that play in the stadiums where Chesney performs.

He explains, “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.”

While this incident happened at one of Chesney’s shows, the singer insists Cooper’s actions don’t reflect the views of his fans.

Chesney adds, “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.”

Riley Cooper has apologized for using the racial slur and has been fined an undisclosed amount by the Philadelphia Eagles.

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