Commit certain crimes in this league and be a certain color, and you get help, not scorn,” Richard Sherman wrote. “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’s point is that men who grow up in the inner city are held, unfairly, to a different standard.
"Go ahead and judge DeSean [Jackson] for the company he keeps," Sherman wrote. "While you’re at it, judge me, too, because I still live in Los Angeles, and my family does, too.
"We didn’t run from where we grew up. We aren’t afraid to be associated with the people who came up with us. We brought some of our money back and started charities and tried to help out a few guys who were with us when we were nobodies.
"I won’t apologize for that, and I suspect neither will DeSean when he’s back on the field doing what he’s always done: grinding through adversity.
"Sorry, but I was born in this dirt."