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Louis Delmas has to give up his pet alligator for Kevin Ogletree

Louis-Delmas-LionsDetroit Lions safety Louis Delmas is a fantastic teammate. How do we know this? Delmas was willing to give up a member of his family so teammate Kevin Ogletree can live with him.

Five years ago, former Lions linebacker Ernie Sims — a known collector of exotic animals — gave Delmas an alligator egg. That egg hatched and the contents of it grew into a six-foot reptile named Mojo, who lived in Delmas’ basement until recently. Unfortunately, Delmas had to give Mojo up because he has outgrown his environment. Plus, Louis’ new roommate wasn’t having it.

“I told him I couldn’t stay there with the gator there, so he had to make some adjustments for the New York City kid,” Ogletree told MLive.com.

Delmas found Ogletree’s fear of his pet pretty entertaining, noting that he wouldn’t even go near the basement while Mojo was living down there in his tank.

“I wish he would have come down there and put his hand in there,” Delmas said. “He’ll be all right. He’s Ogletree. He’ll catch with one hand.”

It’s probably best for everyone that the six-foot beast no longer live in a basement. A local exotic animal shop came and got Mojo when Delmas had to give him up for adoption. From there, he may be donated to the zoo. That seems like a safer environment for a six-foot gator.

Beware, Darnell Dockett — you may be faced with the same problem a couple of years from now.

H/T Deadspin

Tony Scheffler, Louis Delmas use racial slurs as sign of friendship

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Riley Cooper’s recent racist outburst has brought a significant amount of attention to the issue of racism in the NFL this month. Many fans and players are outraged over his use of the N-word, while others have expressed a willingness to forgive Cooper and move on.

For some, it is the way Cooper used the word that is disturbing, not the fact that he used it. Detroit Lions tight end Tony Scheffler and safety Louis Delmas admit they are guilty of using racial slurs toward one another, but they say it is a sign of friendship.

“Me and (Scheffler) have a relationship many people do not have — both black and white,” Delmas told Terry Foster of The Detroit News. “I look at him like my brother. I love him to death.

“He greets me, ‘What up, n—–?’ But I understand it. So I say, ‘What’s up, cracker?’ But we would never take it outside the building.”

Scheffler said he considers Delmas family, but that he understands why the way they talk to each other would not be acceptable for everyone.

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Lions Fine Louis Delmas for Middle Finger

Friday is fine day in the NFL. Several players got docked $5,000 or $10,000 depending on the severity of their infraction, most for late hits or improper hits. Lions safety Louis Delmas belongs in a whole other category. He was fined by his team, not the league. He actually may have gotten away with his magical gesture if a picture hadn’t shown up on Deadspin the morning after his game Sunday against the Vikings.

Oh well, $5,000 is only chump change for Delmas.

Thanks to FanOfTheD for the pic