DeSean Jackson Released By Philadelphia Eagles; Responds To Gang Affiliation Rumors [Photo]
Rumors have been bubbling for the past few weeks that the Philadelphia Eagles have been trying to rid themselves of Pro Bowl wide reciever Desean Jackson.
One of the biggest rumors was that the team was looking to have Jackson get traded to the New York Jets. Now the wide receiver is completely out of the job, after the team decided to release him a short time ago.
The team released a statement on their Twitter page.
“After careful consideration this offseason, Eagles decide to part ways with DeSean Jackson. The team informed him of his release today.”
His release comes the same day a NJ.com article suggested that he had gang ties and supported it with pictures and a history of action allegedly tying him with the Crips gang.
Jackson issued a statement on his alleged involvement saying,
“First I would like to thank the Eagles organization, the Eagles fans and the city of Philadelphia for my time in Philly,” the statement read. “I would also like to thank coach Andy Reed [sic] 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.”
He was a second round pick of the Eagles in 2008 out of Cal. He was due to make $10.5 million next season.
The wide receiver also showed a video of his running the track and responding to the release with a small statement.
Check it out in the gallery.