Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has looked at the Eagles’ treatment of DeSean Jackson and Riley Cooper, and Sherman doesn’t like what he sees.
Sherman writes at TheMMQB.com that there’s something wrong with the fact that the Eagles cut Jackson on the day that a story alleging he has ties to gang members emerge, but the Eagles didn’t cut Cooper when video emerged of him using the N-word.
“The Seattle Seahawks get it. The Philadelphia Eagles apparently do not,” Sherman writes. “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.”
Sherman also took aim at what he sees as a double standard in the reaction to news about players’ off-field troubles and the response to Colts owner Jim Irsay’s arrest for driving under the influence and drug possession.
“Commit certain crimes in this league and be a certain color, and you get help, not scorn,” Sherman wrote.
Sherman, a childhood friend of Jackson’s, thinks the scorn for Jackson is misplaced.