Philadelphia Eagles Cut DeSean Jackson
Per ESPN Insider Adam Schefter, the Philadelphia Eagles have parted ways with embattled wide receiver DeSean Jackson, apparently due to ties to Los Angeles gang members:
Despite shopping him and finding interest, Eagles have made decision to cut WR DeSean Jackson. Outright. Jackson is now a free agent.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 28, 2014
In a separate report by Eliot Shorr-Parks and A.J. Pereze of NJ.com, the Eagles had major concerns with Jackson’s off-the-field issues:
A bad attitude, an inconsistent work ethic, missed meetings and a lack of chemistry with head coach Chip Kelly are the reasons, sources told NJ.com. And when the Eagles looked more deeply into why Jackson was missing meetings, they found that his friends were becoming a more powerful — and negative — influence in his life.
The piece went on to state the Eagles had even more serious concerns with Jackson’s continued association with gang members connected to murders.
Now the Eagles have even more serious concerns — Jackson’s continued association with reputed Los Angeles street gang members who have been connected to two homicides since 2010
Schefter posted this statement from Jackson on his Facebook page:
“First I would like to thank the Eagles organization, the Eagles fans and the city of Philadelphia for my time in Philly. I would also like to thank coach Andy Reed for bringing me in. Secondly, I would like to address the misleading and unfounded reports that my release has anything to do with any affiliation that has been speculated surrounding the company I keep off of the field. I would like to make it very clear that I am not and never have been part of any gang. I am not a gang member and to speculate and assume that I am involved in such activity off the field is reckless and irresponsible. I work very hard on and off the field and I am a good person with good values. I am proud of the accomplishments that I have made both on and off the field. I have worked tirelessly to give back to my community and have a positive impact on those in need. It is unfortunate that I now have to defend myself and my intentions. These reports are irresponsible and just not true . I look forward to working hard for my new team. God Bless.”
Jackson was originally drafted by the Eagles in the second round (49th overall) of the 2008 NFL draft out of the University of California. In six seasons, he has made the Pro Bowl three times and was selected once AP First-team All Pro. For his career, Jackson has played in 87 games, amassing 356 games for 6,117 and 32 touchdowns.