PHOTO: DeSean Jackson and Richard Sherman as childhood teammates

by Mar 29, 4:57 PM

The support from fellow players for former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson continued on Saturday, with Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman coming to Jackson's defense.

Sherman tweeted out a message of encouragement for Jackson, alluding to the Eagles decision to release the three-time Pro Bowler, reportedly based in part on who Jackson hangs out with away from the field.

Included in the tweet was a photo from Sherman's childhood when he and Jackson were teammates in Little League baseball. Check it out below.

Pretty cool photo, that must of been one heck of an athletic team.

Apr 2, 10:53 AM

Richard Sherman puzzled by Eagles releasing DeSean Jackson, yet keeping Cooper

by Apr 2, 10:53 AM
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Seattle Seahawks corner Richard Sherman was a childhood friend of DeSean Jackson and he thinks the wide receiver got a raw deal in Philadelphia. 

Sherman penned a column for MMQB on Wednesday expressing his displeasure with how the Eagles handled his release. One of the reported reasons Jackson was let go had to do with rumors that the receiver had ties to gangs. 

I can only tell you that I believe him to be a good person, and if you think, say or write otherwise without knowing the man, you’re in the wrong.

Sherman also noted the Eagles kept wide receiver Riley Cooper after he used a racial slur last offseason.  

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.

The brash corner cited Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay's recent arrest as another example of what he believes is a double standard. 

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 mentioned the Seahawks understand the neighborhoods some players grow up in and the friends they develop.  

NFL teams understand that. The Seattle Seahawks get it. The Philadelphia Eagles apparently do not.