Eagles players do good for bullied teen

Upper Darby, Pa. high school student Nadin Khoury was recently attacked and hung up on an iron fence by seven teenage bullies. Eagles players DeSean Jackson, Jamaal Jackson, and Todd Herremans have Khoury’s back.

DeSean, Jamaal, and Todd appeared on ABC’s The View to meet Khoury and assure him he has two NFL offensive linemen (and the 5-foot-10, 175-pound Jackson) on his side should he encounter any more trouble.

“Anytime ever you need us, I got two linemen right here,” said the Eagles’ Pro Bowl receiver. “We’re one phone call away.”

DeSean gave Khoury an autographed No. 10 jersey off his back, while Herremans offered tickets to any Eagles game next season. Jamaal presented Khoury a huge gift basket.

Video of the incident (shot by one of the bullies) in the background of Khoury’s appearance on The View can be seen at this link. It depicts Khoury being dragged through the snow by his feet before he’s hung by his coat on the fence.

The bullies, ranging in age from 13 to 17, were arrested and charged with juvenile kidnapping, assault, recklessly endangering another person, and unlawful restraint. They’ll be held for “at least a week, for evaluation and pending these charges.”

Khoury’s family has moved away from the school.

41 responses to “Eagles players do good for bullied teen

  1. Only when severe punishment is dished out will this stop. What kind of person would hurt a little boy. The parents should also do prison time. Hats off to DJ and The Eagles for their good deed!!!!

  2. With all the CBA stuff going on right now, it’s good to see some players acting unselfishly and helping out a kid who is no doubt hummiliated about this whole ordeal.
    Nice show of class fella’s!

  3. The same people that will denounce these bullies and praise Jackson, were the same people ripping on Cutler for his knee, Aaron for his autograph snub, and Big Ben for his alleged sexual assualts.

    America has become a nation of bullies and now we expect our children to break the cycle when they see countless adults act the same way multiple times a day.

    Where do you think bullies learn their behavior?
    It’s no surprise things like this happen when the media and public jump all over anyone that has made a mistake or is percieved as weak, judging them and dehumanizing them over public opinion.

  4. While it is a nice gesture for these guys to go out and support the young man, I couldn’t help but to think of a scene in the Donnie Darko movie, where he tells the boy if he doesn’t want to be bullied anymore then take some karate classes and learn how to fight back.
    While I’m not a violent person and never have been, I was always taught to defend myself when necessary and will do so if needed in the future. This young man should learn to do the same, because there is nothing wrong with that. Just one more way our country has become wussified over the years. Let’s let everyone else take care of our problems instead of taking action, responsibility and accountability for ourselves.
    JMO.

  5. The only justice would be the Eagles linemen pummeling the bullies to a pulp. Unfortunately, we live in a civilized western nation. *sigh*

  6. I hate the Eagles, & their organization. They are one of the most classes teams in the league, however….

    Even as a hater, I have to tip my hat to Desean & Co. Its refreshing to hear stories like this where some NFL players really make a difference in someones life. This child will remember these guys’ kindness the rest of his life.

    I applaud the Eagles, & especially DeSean, Jamaal, & Todd..! Good job fellas..

  7. This is such a great story. End bullying. Now, if only Ellen Degeneres would stick up for the gay community and provide support to those who are bullied.

  8. Refreshing to see the focus on the youth, this is a problem that goes way beyond one child. The kids in schools today seemingly have a lot more to deal with, not only the physical bullying but the mental bullying as well. With the internet being used to expose and degrade people on a constant basis it’s REALLY up to us, the parents, to step in, regulate but overall, JUST GET INVOLVED with our kids. Express the love to them and guide them, whether your a parent of the bully or the bullied !!! It all starts with the parents teaching and STAYING involved with their kids. Don’t let kids make these right and wrong decisions on their own !!! Heavy props go out to Nadin for his courage, his family for their support and the Eagles for their concern on a serious issue …

  9. Of course the trolls have to come out and talk trash on Philly.. But guess what, bullying is a nationwide issue.

    Aside from that, this is a GREAT story. So glad you guys posted this. Its refreshing to see pro athletes take time out of their lives to legitimately stick up for a cause and change the lives of some of their biggest fans. The look on that kids face when he saw those 3 come out was so touching. We need more stories like this of athletes giving back!

  10. Great to see those players sticking up for the kid. Havent seen the video and dont want to . I just dont want to get pissed off this early. Im sure the poor kid was scared to death, but at least these guys helped him mentaly to let him know that there is a lot of good around. THIS IS A GREAT STORY and refreshing. Who say’s good new’s doesnt get ratings. Even thought Im a cheese head , Ill give you guys a shoutout Goooooooooooooooooooooo Eaglesssssssssssssss

  11. how about we hang those kids up on the fence during games and have fans walk by and throw snowballs at them… we chucked snowballs at Santa.. why not these thugs

  12. I’m sure the players meant well but telling teens that they’ll be beaten to a pulp by a pair of 300 lbs NFL Offensive Linemen if they bully isn’t exactly an “anti-violence” message

    It just sends the message that if big kids beat on little kids then the bigger kids wearing NFL jerseys will beat on them

    We want to break the cycle of violence – not simply send the message that who ever is bigger gets the final say… that might = right

  13. While it is a nice gesture for these guys to go out and support the young man, I couldn’t help but to think of a scene in the Donnie Darko movie, where he tells the boy if he doesn’t want to be bullied anymore then take some karate classes and learn how to fight back.
    While I’m not a violent person and never have been, I was always taught to defend myself when necessary and will do so if needed in the future. This young man should learn to do the same, because there is nothing wrong with that. Just one more way our country has become wussified over the years. Let’s let everyone else take care of our problems instead of taking action, responsibility and accountability for ourselves.
    JMO.
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    It was 7 vs. 1! Please keep your stupid comments to yourself.

    Props to DJ, Todd and Jamaal for doing that. That kid will remember that forever.

  14. Very nice story, too bad it will be overlooked by everyone that has made up their mind about certain players or certain places…

  15. Its good to see that these 3 guys stepped up for this kid when he needed it most.

    Also, I think we should thank the ignorant little teen that was foolish enough to video tape what they did. Without this video, this could still be happening to this poor kid, and perhaps getting progressively worse.

    Once again, great job to those 3 football players…Correction, 3 men

  16. I like how DJ slipped to the second round of the draft because of “character issues.” The only character issue DJ has is that he’s got a lot of it.

  17. This writer is the same guy that posted a story last night poking fun at Luis Castillo over a radio interview he did. Is this story suppose to be your penance? Methinks DJ & the O-Line should pay you a visit.

  18. Every day, 365 days a year, NFL players are doing something good and positive in their communities. It just isn’t interesting enough to make the daily columns and blogs.

  19. I wouldn’t want any Eagles players backing me up in a fight.

    They would would just self destruct during the most crucial stage of the match. Either that, or just not show up.

  20. Great story, people talk trash about DJ including myself, but he just changed that kids life. Nice to see athletes in that light, instead of the usual strip club, crime riddled headlines we’ve seen the last couple of years. Nice job Mr. Jackson!

  21. This happened not to far from my area, it’s only about 15 minutes away from me. The poor kid couldn’t have fought back even if he wanted to. The 7 kids (6 were in High School) picked on this 13 year old kid all the time because he was small for his age, and made fun of his mom and her accent because she came from Africa. If he would have fought back, they probably would have beat the crap out of him. It could have turned out much worse, which thankfully it didn’t.

    To top it off, at least some of the parents of those bullies either saw nothing wrong with what happened or denied that their kids did it, yet they posted it on YouTube afterwards. Goes to show that kids are generally a reflection of their parents.

    This is a good story, thanks for posting it. The kid along with almost everyone on the set were moved to tears when the players came out, especially when DeSean took the jersey off his back and signed it right there for him. Way to go guys!

  22. @kc4 – Your Donnie Darko reference reminds me of another reference…

    Karate Kid

    Kreese: What’s the matter, the boy can’t take care of his own problems?
    Miyagi: One to one problem, yes. FIVE to one problem, too much ask anyone.

    Any Questions?

  23. mobucsfan…seriously? 7 on one is not a good example that he should’ve defended himself. Those 7 are a bunch of cowards. If it were one on one that would be different.

    Even Segal couldn’t pull that off at that age…

  24. great story… a couple of guys using their celebrity for good. I’m not sure why this should spark a bunch of Eagles/Philadelphia hate talk. I guess it goes to show you that there really are bullies everywhere (both what happened to the kid, and all the people talking trash).

  25. mobuccsfan:

    Seriously? 7 on 1 and you want him to fight back? When I worked in the jails and had to engage in full scale riots with inmates coming at me in every direction, the only thing I could do to defend myself (despite being much stronger and more skilled than the inmates) was to back myself in a corner to protect my sides and back and grab whomever came near to use as a shield. I don’t think that young kid had the option, know how, or physical strength to defend himself against 7 guys, many of which were probably bigger than him.

    The problem in this country isn’t that people won’t defend themselves, the problem is that they are wussified and only find the motive to stand up to somebody when they’re either carrying a weapon or have 7 on 1 odds. The days of fighting somebody one on one and hand to hand have almost disappeared.

    I was NEVER a fan of Jackson before this but I have to hand it to him. His gesture, no matter how slight he may think it may be, will last forever with that kid. He seemed very sincere and compassionate. My hat is off to him and Herremans and Jamaal Jackson. Finally some good news out of Philadelphia.

  26. Hey Silva,

    did your coworkers at PFT tell you to write this heartwarming story to get some positive feedback from the audience? Cause last night your article about Juan Castillo sounded nothing like this!

    Sincerely,
    A reader with good memory

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