We’re talking about the “unique” relationship between two Detroit Lions players, Louis Delmas and Tony Scheffler.
According to the Detroit News, Delmas was the abandoned 17-year-old adjusting to campus life at Western Michigan University after a rough life in Florida. Scheffler basically took Delmas under his wing. Their friendship grew over the years, and they remain tight as members of the Lions. So tight, that they have no problem calling each other “cracker” and “n*gger.”
“Hey, cracker,” Delmas often says to Scheffler inside the Lions practice facility.
“How’s my n—–?” Scheffler replies.
Delmas is black. Scheffler is white.
Their relationship is one of the tightest bonds in the Lions dressing room, but it is a test to society. Usually whites use the term to tear down and ridicule. Most blacks use the word with an “a” at the end rather than an “er,” and it is a term of brotherhood and endearment. Scheffler and Delmas use both forms.
The report goes on to say this is how these two greet each other. And they’ve been doing it for years. Interestingly this revelation comes on the heels of Riley Cooper, the Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver who hurled the N-word at a black security guard during a Kenny Chesney concert.
Riley’s drunken rant went viral and disgusted folks both black and white. Although Eagles teammates publicly supported him, Cooper was removed from team activities for four days while undergoing sensitivity training.
Delmas said there is a difference between using slurs in public and doing it behind closed doors with a close friend you consider a brother, even if the brother is white.
“Me and (Scheffler) have a relationship many people do not have — both black and white,” Delmas said. “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.”
Hmm, wonder why? Like we said at the top, their little “friendly practice” could lead to some interesting consequences … if somebody slips and says the the wrong word at the wrong time. Just sayin’.
In any event, it’s an interesting read. Get the FULL story at Detroit News.