Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  By DAVE DYE  |  Last updated 8/8/13
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 Foster. "He knows my wife and kids. He calls me 'white boy' and 'cracker.' We go back and forth with it and we are both comfortable with each other. "I can't say the same with other relationships in the locker room or how other guys would feel about it. So it is a tough dynamic when you are using those types of words. Everybody does not react the same."
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