Philadelphia Eagles Part Ways With DeSean Jackson Because He's Too Gangster?

The Philadelphia Eagles announced via Twitter today that they have decided to part ways with wide receiver, DeSean Jackson. "After careful consideration this offseason, Eagles decide to part ways with DeSean Jackson. The team informed him of his release today," they tweeted moments ago. At the time of this post, DeSean has yet to comment. 

One web site is implying that DeSean's alleged gang affiliations may have been the reason the Eagles let him go. 

Via NJ.com

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. Ever since New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested and charged with first-degree murder last summer, NFL franchises have been reevaluating how closely they needed to watch their players away from the field. And what Eagles executives see in Jackson, a six-year veteran, is apparently a potential blight on the brand and a bad influence in the locker room. As a source within the Eagles organization, who requested anonymity, put it: “They are concerned about having him around the younger players.”…Head coach Chip Kelly also dodged questions regarding rumors about trading or releasing Jackson, saying on Wednesday, “I like DeSean, but we’re always going to do what’s best for the organization.”

They go on to break down possible gang ties, murder allegations, etc. This is all pure speculation, of course. 

Prior to making the announcement of Jackson's departure, the Eagles announced that they have signed former NY Jet, Mark Sanchez.

DeSean is talented. I'm pretty sure he will find a home somewhere.

 

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Comment by V on March 28, 2014 at 3:02pm

Desean's rumored gang affiliations had no bearing on the Eagles cutting him. I live in Atl now but grew up in Philly: and our sports team's negotiations tactics have always sucked. Right now the Eagles are going through a great-white-hope phase.I hope Desean gets a ring elsewhere.

Comment by TheLadyJosephine on March 28, 2014 at 3:31pm

I call bullshat.  Sounds like they went looking for a reason not to sign him and they conjured up one.  These are probably his life long friends.  He could have been the square one they never allowed to get mixed up in their mess or the one to escape so they meet him on the other side of town away from trouble.

 

Then again, he should cut ties.  His friends don't have the million dollar contracts, he does.  The "affiliation" screws up HIS money, not theirs.  Sometimes you have to let go...lesson learned.

Comment by Ordinary G on March 28, 2014 at 6:00pm

From what i heard the piece that cameout on nj.com influenced the eagles alot to just drop him now. The Eagles were looking to trade him for a while now and even said they might release him if they couldnt trade him but alot of teams had been attempting to trade and the thought was if they released him it would be after the draft, however after chip kelly and the Gm got wind of maybe how "deep" his gang ties were they didnt want to be the ones even sending him and his baggage to another team....atleast thats what "sources" are saying. Those close to desean are also blaming the nj.com article idk either way doesnt sound good.

Comment by Eleven8 on March 28, 2014 at 10:58pm

What boggles my mind is that DeSean hasn't been arrested or directly involved in anything illegal so them using gang ties as an excuse is retarded. The NFL is full of gang members, wannabe drug dealers and rednecks. That's the bulk of the entire roster. If they're trying to avoid an Aaron Hernandez situation, they're looking in the wrong spot. There's a few Aaron's on every team

Comment by blackfujones on March 29, 2014 at 8:29am

Desean should sue the NFL and the Eagles for slander as well.  Then on top of that they notified him via twitter? Talk about unprofessional as hell.  They say it stemmed from his known involvement with murders....Then ESPN pulls up a picture of the rappers Freeway and chris and neef (young guns) lol.

Comment by Eleven8 on March 29, 2014 at 11:07am

@Kevyn but it's cool to use racial slurs? Same team -- one person is fired because of what he MIGHT be associated with, one is given a raise after what he was caught on tape doing lol

Comment by Tone on March 29, 2014 at 2:39pm
This is not about him having gang ties it's about them nit wanting to pay him what he is owed and not kissing the coaches ass.

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