Desean Jackson has been released from the Philadelphia Eagles. Though his numbers have been staggering, there might be other circumstances that made the Eagles want to part ways with him.
As reported by Eliot-Shorr-Parks and A.J Perez of NJ.com, Desean Jackson may be related to gang activities. Although he has not been directly implicated in anything, the Eagles seem concerned about some of the friends he keeps outside of the locker room. Shorr-Parks and Perez note that “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” (Source: Nj.com). In numerous photos, his own record company, and his affiliation with known gang members, the evidence is starting to stack on top of Desean Jackson. There is no evidence, as of yet, suggesting that he has committed any crimes, but there is a staggering amount of evidence that suggests he is a part of the gang life.
As a Giants fan, I have been happy when I heard that the Eagles were trying to get rid of Desean Jackson; he is a major threat, so I do not like my team to go against him twice a year! However, I am deeply grateful that the Eagles released him because of his questionable character. It’s time that teams care more about individual players than they do about the game of football. Football is an amazing game, don’t get me wrong. But, NFL players automatically become role models for younger players, from the NFL all the way down to elementary school. So, I’m happy that the Eagles are seemingly protecting younger players by releasing Desean Jackson. Even if Desean Jackson’s record is completely clean, the fact that he hangs around known gang members, throws up gang signs, and even employs a gang member in his record company is alarming. You are known by the friends you keep, and Desean does not seem to keep good friends. Match that with the obvious lack of respect by missing meetings, and you have a recipe for disaster.
Despite being initially happy about the news of Jackson leaving, I’m now somewhat sympathetic for the Eagles. If, in fact, they released him due to concern over his gang affiliation, I hate that they will be penalized as a result (paying his contract and losing a great player). Bravo Eagles, for standing up for what’s right despite the obvious sacrifice that you are making.