Richard Sherman implies Eagles cut DeSean Jackson and kept Riley Cooper because of race

DeSean JacksonOne of the arguments many people have made against the Philadelphia Eagles cutting DeSean Jackson is the team’s decision to keep Riley Cooper. After the season, the Eagles signed Cooper to a five-year, $25 million contract. Apparently his racist outburst from last summer is a thing of the past.

Jackson, on the other hand, was released shortly after a report surfaced indicating he has connections to members of a gang in Los Angeles. In a column he wrote for Monday Morning Quarterback on Wednesday, Richard Sherman defended Jackson for not alienating the people he grew up around who supported him when his father passed away in 2009. He also implied that race played a role in the Eagles’ decision to cut Jackson.

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.

Commit certain crimes in this league and be a certain color, and you get help, not scorn. Look at the way many in the media wrote about 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.

Sherman makes some very valid points, especially regarding Irsay. The amount of cash the Colts owner had in his possession could easily be viewed as gang-related or drug dealing activity if he was somebody else.

As for Cooper, you can understand why it looks bad that the Eagles chose to send a white player to counseling after his racist tirade. The only thing I would say about that is that situations like the Aaron Hernandez murder trial have made teams increasingly paranoid when they hear the word “gang.” If a white player reportedly had ties to a gang, you would probably see the team react the same way.

I believe the risk of gang involvement currently has NFL teams on high alert, whether the claims are founded or not. That said, Sherman presented a very well-thought argument that certainly makes you think.

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  • The Cook

    What an idiot Sherman is.

  • matt

    I just got dumber reading this…good lord..they got rid of Jackson because he shows no respect to the coaching staff, and he is a bad influence on the team for the younger players…bottom line…the gang implications was just icing on the cake..let’s be for real Kelly is not putting up with attitude like that. This is the reason for Andy Reid’s failure to win a Super Bowl, no control of the locker room..i applaud Kelly for his leadership, and putting the interest of the TEAM first. Sometime good leaders make unpopular decisions..

  • Hamlet Brown

    Sherman 100% RIGHT!!!

  • hotrod71

    I don’t believe race had anything to do with it although Sherman makes some valid points. I do believe that cutting an all-pro WR and getting nothing in return so he could sign with a division rival is one of the dumbest moves ever in professional sports. The eagles should have learned from the Reid era what happens when you give the HC too much power. Roseman should have never let this happen. There is no way the Eagles are a better team from this move.

  • hotrod71

    I assume you’re in the locker room every day that you know so much.

  • Bill

    attack whitey as usual.

  • Arsen Dadyan

    Sherman is right on the button with the way the NFL attacks/rescues players, promotes and puts players on a pedestal and who they stop promoting to the fans, all while the owners can do whatever they want to do with their teams. People who don’t agree with what Sherman said, are they themselves in denial and trying to ignore the elephant in the room. There is a different standards and responsibility that has been applied to players/coaches/owners. Irsay has had a lifetime of drug/alcohol addiction and just because he won the DNA lottery and became the owner of the Colts, he gets to go to “rehab” while his daughter runs the team in his absence. Nobody in the NFL wants to investigate the case and see how does this guy keep getting away with things like this…If an NFL player got a DUI, got busted with a shitload of drugs/prescription or not…btw not all of those drugs were prescribed to Irsay. He had nearly $30k on him as well. You know that ESPN would jump on the player and say that he is a drug smuggler with gang ties and he should be suspended/fined. Yet Irsay gets a vacation and ANOTHER SLAP ON THE WRIST…when is the bs treatment going to change? BTW…why hasn’t ESNP/NFL Network talked about the new Browns owner’s federal lawsuit against him and his company for fixing oil prices and short cutting on oil?

  • Keyser

    Richard Sherman = idiot. He doesn’t have a clue and will go to the race card at the drop of a hat.

  • Swang1

    Drunk, that’s it. He plays with african-American man I suppose there was a little beef between DeShawn Jackson and Riley Cooper in the locker room

  • 45515

    I live in Philly. DeSean is a great player but a loose cannon. Had a great year last year but got into bad argument on sidelines with his position coach. Chip Kelly doesn’t want this type of atmosphere. He wants people who act like professionals. All the rest is b.s.
    I would of kept him for at least this year; but he does have a history of getting distracted and negative during a contract year. The Eagles were not interested in extending DeSean another contract.
    DeSean will probably come back to haunt us now that he is with Washington, because the dude can flat out play. Has speed to burn. He did well for himself with his current deal.

  • Guest

    The Riley Cooper thing is whatever, but the point he made about Irsay is pretty spot on. Maybe not because he’s white, but because of who he is. If you’re a regular person that gets caught with drugs and 50 bucks in your wallet, they add, “with intent to sell” to your charge.


    How quick to point out the Eagles help nobody who’s “black”? Really Sherman, do you already forget Mike Vick?!?! Black athlete nobody wanted to help, except the Eagles. Put a sock in it and stop crying racism on everything under the sun. Can’t even fire an employee who is black anymore without getting brought up on charges. Maybe they just didn’t like him or want him around anymore. GET OVER IT!!!