By Christy Strawser

Detroit News columnist Terry Foster, co-host of the Valenti and Foster show on 97.1 The Ticket, wrote a blog for the News about two players casually bantering the “n-word,” and  “cracker” around the Lions locker room.

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Foster said the Lions’ Tony Scheffler, who is white, and Louis Delmas, who is black, are good friends who laughingly refer to each other with those racially disparaging terms.

Foster tells it this way: “Hey, cracker,” Delmas often says to Scheffler inside the Lions practice facility.

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“How’s my n—–?” Scheffler replies.

It’s especially interesting considering the Eagles Riley Cooper was loudly eviscerated by fans and the media for using “the n word” on stage during a Kenny Chesney concert. Cooper apologized amid the furor. Michael Vick’s brother put a $1,000 bounty on his head.

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So, what do you think — are terms like this OK if they’re between friends?