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Sam knew the deal was wrong, but he needed the money and wished to lessen the burden on his mother. He justified his acceptance by questioning why he shouldn't "get a little piece of the action."The butterflies in my stomach told me this was wrong, but I told myself I needed the money. If I could take care of myself, Moms wouldn’t have to worry about me. And why shouldn’t I get a little piece of the action?
Davis, Sampson; Jenkins, George; Hunt, Rameck; Page, Lisa Frazier. The Pact (p. 83). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.