The friendship between Detroit Lions safety Louis Delmas and tight end Tony Scheffler goes back to their college days when they were teammates at Western Michigan.
Delmas is black, Scheffler white.
They have an unconventional relationship, which they discussed with the Detroit News' Terry Foster.
"Me and (Scheffler) have a relationship many people do not have - both black and white," Delmas told Foster. "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."
It's certainly a controversial type of interaction - a white guy using the "N-word" in response to his black friend,a blackman calling a whitemana "cracker"- especially in the wake of anincident involving Philadelphia Eagles receiver Riley Cooper.
Cooper was caught on video barking the "N-word" to a black security guard at a concert.
"I treat Louis like a little brother," Scheffler told Fos...