NFL stars shouldn't be asked to leave old friends
April 3 , 2014
NFL player Richard Sherman writes at Sports Illustrated that he's having a little trouble with the word "gang ties" being used in relation to the Philadelphia Eagles cut DeSean Jackson. "I think all the players I've met in the NFL and all of us who come from inner-city neighborhoods like mine in Los Angeles, and I wonder how many of us could honestly say we're not friends with guys doing the wrong things," he writes. "I can't."
Are players expected to abandon their old friends who have been there for them - when they become stars? "I can't change who I grew up with, but what I can do is try to educate them on the right way of doing things, help them when they need it, and try to keep them out of trouble."