Writing for Sports Illustrated’s Monday Morning Quarterback, Sherman wrote about the Eagles’ decision to release DeSean Jackson last week amid rumors of “gang ties.” Having grown up in the same area in Los Angeles as Jackson, Sherman wrote extensively about why athletes don’t always “distance themselves” from people they grew up with.
“we can’t push people away just because they’re not as successful as us,” Sherman said. “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. …Iif they’re accused of a crime, as DeSean’s friends have been, should that reflect poorly on me? Consider that for every several guys I try to help who end up dead or in jail, there’s another person I was able to rescue from a similar end "
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