A lot of eyebrows have been raised when news that the Philadelphia Eagles cut wide receiver DeSean Jackson amid allegations of gang connections. In particular, it drew comparisons to last summer’s scandal surrounding Riley Cooper who was caught on camera using the n-word.
Amongst those who doesn’t understand the decision is Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.
“The Seattle Seahawks get it. The Philadelphia Eagles apparently do not,” Sherman writes at TheMMQB.com. “This offseason they re-signed a player who was caught on video screaming, ‘I will fight every n—– here.’ He was representing the Philadelphia Eagles when he said it, because, of course, everything we do is reflective of the organization. But what did they do to Riley Cooper, who, if he’s not a racist, at least has ‘ties’ to racist activity? They fined him and sent him to counseling. No suspension necessary for Cooper and no punishment from the NFL, despite its new interest in policing our use of the N-word on the field. Riley instead got a few days off from training camp and a nice contract in the offseason, too.”
“Commit certain crimes in this league and be a certain color, and you get help, not scorn.”
It is an interesting article to read, keep in mind that Sherman and Jackson are childhood friends. He also also addresses the emerging double-standard in how Colts owner Jim Irsay is being treated versus players who get arrested.