Chris Cooley -- unplugged and unfiltered
Redskins tight end talks blogging, feuds, road trips, women, more
Washington Redskins tight end and blogger extraordinaire Chris Cooley, who has become a Hot Clicks staple thanks to an every-guy persona, chatted with SI.com's Jimmy Traina on Wednesday afternoon.
SI.com: OK, I gotta start with the penis incident. You OK with that? [Eds. Note: For those of you who don't know, Cooley accidentally posted a picture on his blog in which he was slightly exposed.]
Cooley: Yeah, dude, I don't care. The whole thing just sucked because obviously it was an accident. I was trying to get a blog post up and I was hurrying because I had to get to a game. My brother Tanner, who does the blog with me, always edits stuff really well -- but we were in a hurry. So it was an accident, but it sucked because we were both at the game all day and we didn't know it was on the site.
SI.com: Do people still give you a hard time about it?
Cooley: Only in interviews. Only people like you. But the NFL made me undergo a psychiatric evaluation. They treated it really seriously. Please. It was an accident. If I wanted to post a picture of my penis I wouldn't have been all hunched over.
SI.com: What was the result of the psychiatric evaluation?
Cooley: I don't even know, dude. I had to do a call with some lady. I thought it was gonna take two minutes, but it was like an hour. It was horrible.
SI.com: You have one of the most popular athlete blogs out there. Were you expecting that?
Cooley: As far as starting, me and Tanner just thought we could do something different and kind of interesting. When it started, I thought it was just a Web site. I didn't even know what a blog was. My brother and I just thought we could do a cooler Web site than other guys. So we started telling little stories about what was going on. And Yahoo's Shutdown Corner really helped us out. I learned what people like. And I'm not the type of person who's not upfront. I'm open about everything. We continued because everyone seemed to like it and we had a lot of fun doing it and we've enjoyed it.
SI.com: Have you gotten in trouble with anyone for anything that's been on the blog?
Cooley: Nah, but I think that's because everyone knows me and knows how I am. When I do or say something, the reaction is just "That's Chris." I know people in the Redskins organization are concerned because I have unlimited access and an arena where I can put anything I want out on it, so I'm sure people are concerned with the possibilities, but I'm not gonna embarrass anybody or give anyone a hard time. Plus, what I do on the blog usually is just about me.
SI.com: Hot Clicks recently linked to a great video that was said to be a trailer for your upcoming reality show.
Cooley: Yeah, that wasn't really a trailer. A lot of people thought it was. We talked about doing a reality show and shopping it around, so some people came and filmed some stuff. But there's not a reality show in the works. But there's a possibility that somewhere down the line it could happen. I wouldn't lie to you and tell you there's no possibility, but it's unlikely.
SI.com: One of the opening shots in the trailer is a picture of you and your wife with little clothing on in a compromising position, which caused some buzz.
Cooley: I was surprised by the reaction to that. First of all, we were not having sex. Second of all, we didn't have someone take that picture. Cameras have a 10-second delay. But she wasn't happy that the picture was filmed and the trailer opened up with that.
SI.com: One of the best videos you ever posted was your fantasy football draft from last season. None of your Redskins teammates knew how to play fantasy football. That was unbelievable.
Cooley: I know. It's unreal. No one knew how to play. What's worse is that they didn't stay up to date with their teams throughout the season. A couple of guys did, and they really enjoyed it and really had a good time because fantasy football is f---ing awesome. I mean, who wouldn't have fun playing it? But most guys didn't care and had no clue.
SI.com: Are you playing fantasy baseball this year?
Cooley: I used to. You wanna know what's actually crazy in my life? I don't have Internet in my house.
SI.com: You don't have Internet?
Cooley: At. All.
SI.com: Why not?