Americans have the attention span of a gnat. What is trending today usually is forgotten tomorrow.

That's good news for people who say and do stupid things. It certainly was good news for Riley Cooper who, 5 months ago, found himself the center of the worst kind of attention when that infamous video of him yelling a racial slur at a Kenny Chesney concert first surfaced.

The Eagles wide receiver became a instant pariah. His football career was in legitimate jeopardy. If the Eagles cut him, where was he going to go?

In a league where nearly 70 percent of the players are African-American, nobody was going to sign a guy who was perceived to be a bigot. Especially one with just 46 catches in 3 years.