Riley Cooper said what he said and the world freaked out. For starters that video of Cooper at the Kenny Chesney concert couldn't be passed around fast enough. Did you see it yet? No? Quick go here or there or somewhere else and click that thing. Watch Riley Cooper set his career on fire.

Within an hour Cooper was trending on Twitter and not for great reasons. Obviously. People were cracking jokes about him or ripping him or wondering how soon the Eagles would cut this racist loser. What he said was ugly the way the world reacted was a little bit scary and what this situation called for was responsibility. It called for maturity.

And we got it from Michael Vick.

At the moment that concept -- Michael Vick voice of reason -- seems almost as shocking as the awful remarks from Riley Cooper that set this whole thing into motion. But shocking in a good way a productive way. What Cooper said was quite clearly the opposite of good and productive. What he said was terrible. Destructive. Divisive.

What Cooper said could have ended the Eagles' season before it started which might sound like a bunch of gobbledygook if you don't understand the delicate chemistry of an NFL locker room a place unlike any other in professional sports. Football is so complicated and convoluted that it demands teamwork and an all-for-one mindset that tiptoes toward brainwashing. On an NFL team guys have to respect each other believe in each other or the whole thing dissolves.