Richard Sherman rips into Eagles for releasing DeSean Jackson
APR 02, 2014 1:33p ET
The outspoken Seattle Seahawk criticized Philadelphia for releasing the Pro Bowl wide receiver amid alleged gang ties (Jackson has since been signed by the Redskins) while keeping Riley Cooper after he went off on a racist tirade last year.
"Commit certain crimes in this league and be a certain color, and you get help, not scorn," Sherman wrote.
Last week, Sherman revealed he and Jackson once played on the same little league team coached by Jackson's father.
And while Sherman claimed he didn't know whether or not Jackson had gang affiliations, the Seahawk defended his former teammate's decision to not abandon the friends who rallied around him when Jackson's father passed away in 2009:
"We can't push people away just because they're not as successful as us. ... And if they're accused of a crime, as DeSean's friends have been, should that reflect poorly on me? Consider that for every several guys I try to help who end up dead or in jail, there's another person I was able to rescue from a similar end. Should I give up on everybody out of fear of being dirtied by the media?
"Sorry, but I was born in this dirt.
"NFL teams understand that. The Seattle Seahawks get it. The Philadelphia Eagles apparently do not."
Sherman then ripped into the Eagles for handling Cooper's incendiary slur with a fine and counseling — a relative slap on the wrist. The Seahawk also brought up the NFL's treatment of Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay after his DUI arrest:
"Nobody suggested the Colts owner had "ties" to drug trafficking, even though he was caught driving with controlled substances (prescription pills) and $29,000 in cash to do who-knows-what with. Instead, poor millionaire Mr. Irsay needs help, some wrote.
"But DeSean Jackson is the menace, right? He's just as bad as those guys he parties with because he threw up a Crip sign in a picture and he owns a gangsta rap record label. If only all record label owners were held to this standard, somebody might realize that Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg weren't the bosses behind NWA. Jim Irsay lookalikes in suits were."
Read Sherman's full column here.