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    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...esean-jackson/

    Eagles release DeSean Jackson


    Indeed, the Eagles are moving on from DeSean Jackson.

    In a two-sentence press release, the club announced Friday it had released Jackson, a Pro Bowl wideout who led them in receiving in 2013.

    “After careful consideration over this offseason, the Philadelphia Eagles have decided to part ways with DeSean Jackson,” the club said Friday. “The team informed him of his release today.”

    The move — easily one of the biggest headline-makers of the NFL offseason — comes after weeks of trade rumors and public discussion of Jackson’s future with the Eagles.

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    Re: Philadelphia Eagles release DeSean Jackson

    It sounds like that this guy was just a pain in the *** to work with. You can have all the talent in the world, but if you cannot cooperate with the team you are going nowhere. The guy has some great talent and it is just sad to see a bad attitude waste it.

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    • #3
      Re: Philadelphia Eagles release DeSean Jackson

      Seems like DJ has quite a few connections to the Crips and things weren't improving. Such a shame. He is a damn good WR. He drove me crazy a couple of seasons ago because he slacked off so damn much. But the past two years I felt like he played pretty damn hard. Hope he gets his stuff together though.

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      • #4
        Re: Philadelphia Eagles release DeSean Jackson

        I don't buy the Eagles were clueless about this no multibillion dollar operation is. That being said I would believe its more about his attitude than any "ties"


        http://www.nj.com/eagles/index.ssf/2..._troubles.html


        DeSean Jackson's gang connections troubling to Eagles


        PHILADELPHIA -- Over the past several weeks, the Philadelphia Eagles reportedly have begun to shop wide receiver DeSean Jackson.

        On its face, the decision to trade one of the NFL's most talented players would seem curious: At 27, Jackson is coming off one of the best seasons of his career -- 82 catches for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns. Plus, he's a playmaker who should thrive for seasons to come in head coach Chip Kelly's fast-paced offense.

        Yet the Eagles' apparent interest in jettisoning Jackson likely has little to do with his performance on the field or a big-money contract that could squeeze the team's salary cap. Rather, sources close to Jackson and within the Eagles' organization say, it's Jackson's off-field behavior that concerns the front office. 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.

        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."

        THE FIRST SIGNS

        DeSean Jackson was nowhere near the scene of the crime when, on Dec. 29, 2010, 14-year-old Taburi Watson flashed a rival gang sign at two men as he rode his bicycle through South Los Angeles.

        The men, reportedly members of the Crips, responded to the teen's provocative gesture by shooting him multiple times, police said. Paramedics pronounced Watson dead at the scene.
        "DeSean Jackson was not part of the case," Jane Robison, a spokesman for the LA District Attorney's Office, told NJ.com. "He was not a charged defendant. He was not a witness."

        Jackson was, however, associated with Theron Shakir, one of the two men charged with the murder. Along with co-defendant Marques Binns, Shakir is a purported member of the Crips. In addition, Shakir, known as "T-Ron," is a rapper who recorded for Jaccpot Records, a label owned by Jackson. The two were close enough that they appear together frequently in photographs -- including pictures posted by Jackson to Instagram while Shakir sat in jail awaiting trial for the teen's execution.

        The caption? "Free Trezzy #Real1 #Jaccpot"



        Acting on unspecified information that Jackson might have knowledge of Shakir's activities on the night of Watson's murder, LAPD detective Eric Crosson said he interviewed Jackson on the phone in late 2011. Crosson wouldn't reveal details of that conversation, but he described Jackson as "cooperative at the time."

        Crosson also told NJ.com that he reached out to the Eagles by phone in early 2011 -- even before he interviewed Jackson -- as a courtesy to alert them to Jackson’s connection to an alleged killer. He never received a response from the team, he said.

        The following year, the Eagles signed Jackson to a five-year, $48.5 million contract extension.

        When contacted by NJ.com on Wednesday, the Eagles issued a statement that they had "no comment at this time," and team officials would neither confirm nor deny whether anyone in the front office had spoken to Crosson about Jackson’s ties to a homicide suspect. On Thursday, a source in the organization said current front-office members had been unaware of Jackson's links to an alleged killer.

        Shakir, who was, in fact, acquitted of Watson's murder and a related gun charge in January 2013, spent more than a year in jail awaiting trial. (Binns was convicted and sentenced to 15 years to life.) In a photo apparently taken shortly after his release, Shakir is shown still wearing his L.A. County Jail T-shirt while someone who appears to be Jackson holds up a Jaccpot chain.



        At least one person close to Jackson believes the troubling associations date back to the mid-2000’s, when his father, Bill, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

        "The loss of his father was devastating for him," Raul Lara, Jackson's former football coach at Poly High School in Long Beach, California, told NJ.com. "When his dad passed away, I think DeSean started to hang around some not-so-good people."

        ANOTHER BAD CONNECTION

        A little over a year after the rising NFL star was interviewed by police about his connection to Shakir, Jackson's name once again made its way onto the desk of Detective Crosson.

        This time, Jackson's name surfaced as part of an investigation into a 2012 gang-related murder that occurred outside a South Los Angeles business where a party had taken place. The building was owned or leased by a member of Jackson's family, police said.

        During a search of the building, Crosson told NJ.com investigators found several documents belonging to Jackson, including a car title, a gun permit issued in New Jersey and credit-card receipts.

        After discovering the documents, Crosson said he made multiple attempts to contact Jackson by phone, but never was able to connect with the wide receiver. Crosson added that Jackson was never considered a suspect in the crime.

        Despite Jackson's name having come up in connection with two gang-related murders involving Crips, Crosson said police have no hard evidence that Jackson is a member of the gang, which was formed in the late 1960’s and has an estimated 35,000 members across the country. Crosson said, however, the Jackson routinely flashes Crip gang signs in photos on social media -- and even on television during an NFL game.

        "You don't want to see anybody throwing up gang signs like he did in the Redskins game last year," Crosson said. "Those were neighborhood Crip gang signs and he flashed them during a game. He may not be affiliated with the gang, but they don't [ordinarily] take kindly to those not in the gang throwing up those gang signs."

        Last season, Jackson appeared to throw up the hand gesture in the face of Washington Redskins defensive back DeAngelo Hall after a reception in the Eagles' season-opener. Jackson also can be seen contorting his fingers to make a "C" -- another Crips sign -- in a music video he shot with former fellow Poly High student Snoop Dogg. Jackson flashed it yet again while wearing an Anaheim Angels hat on Instagram.



        Even the name of Jackson's music label, Jaccpot Records, has not gone unnoticed by authorities. Police brought it up to Jackson, Crosson said, when he was interviewed in the investigation of the Watson homicide.

        The two C's in Jaccpot, cops believed, were symbolic. Crips avoid putting a "C" next to a "K" because in gangspeak, that stands for "Crip Killer." Crosson said Jackson explained the spelling by saying the Internet domain name for Jackpot "was taken."

        "DeSean Jackson is not a gang member," said EAG Management CEO and founder Denise White, Jackson's agent. "He's far, far from it."

        White, who would not make Jackson available for an interview, offered no further comment.

        CLEAN RECORD?

        Despite his connections with reputed gang members and police interest in talking to him in connection with two homicides, Jackson’s supporters say he has otherwise comported himself as a model citizen.

        Through court records, however, NJ.com uncovered a previously unreported arrest that occurred in September 2009. Jackson was pulled over for having illegally tinted windows, police said, and during the course of the traffic stop, officers said they discovered marijuana in the vehicle.

        Jackson was arrested for possession of marijuana while driving, disturbing the peace and operating a car with materials that obstruct or reduce a driver’s view, according to court documents. The marijuana and illegally tinted windows charges were dropped as part of the plea deal and Jackson pleaded guilty to a disturbing the peace charge in April 2010.

        Both the Eagles and a spokesman for the NFL, reached Thursday, declined to comment on the arrest.

        Since joining the Eagles in 2008, Jackson -- a three-time Pro Bowl player -- has been an active member of the Philadelphia community and has been involved in several charities. He has been particularly active in campaigning against youth bullying.

        Lara, his former high school coach who now is head coach at Warren High School in Downey, Calif., said Jackson has been nothing but friendly when the wide receiver has visited Poly High during NFL bye weeks. Lara added that Jackson has even been willing to bring his anti-bullying message to Warren.

        "As a player, he was a great kid for me," Lara said. "I didn't have any issues. I loved his leadership. He had a chip on his shoulder and, as a coach, you like to see that in a great athlete. He had something to prove.

        "I was a little worried about him after his father passed. I know his mother tried to get involved [in his life], but I haven't seen any indication [Jackson is involved with gangs] outside of him starting up his rap label. Athletes like to portray a tough image with gangsters and whatever else. Maybe he's playing into that. That's a part of him that I never really saw."

        Jackson was actually a crime victim earlier this year as burglars made off with an unknown amount of cash, an estimated $125,000 in jewelry, and two handguns from his South Philly home. Jackson disputed reports that $250,000 in cash was stolen from a safe inside the house and offered a $50,000 reward for information on the crime.

        When asked about Jackson’s status at the NFL owners' meetings Tuesday in Orlando, Fla., Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said Jackson is "still under contract for us" and "until there's anything to report on our players, that's where we are now."

        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."

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        • #5
          Re: Philadelphia Eagles release DeSean Jackson

          well the Colts do wear blue...

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            Re: Philadelphia Eagles release DeSean Jackson

            The two C's in Jaccpot, cops believed, were symbolic. Crips avoid putting a "C" next to a "K" because in gangspeak, that stands for "Crip Killer." Crosson said Jackson explained the spelling by saying the Internet domain name for Jackpot "was taken."
            what's wrong with jackpot.biz ?

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            • #7
              Re: Philadelphia Eagles release DeSean Jackson

              Words cannot describe my respect for the Eagles organization. Many players think they are bigger than the team or can get away with any behavior because they are a "star". Guess what....think again. I hope this sets a presidence for other teams to step up and do the right thing as well when players step over the line. Too many teams still overlook or try to sweep stuff under the carpet in the name of winning. It's time for Owners, General Managers, and Coaches to send a message. It is a privilege not a right to play professional football.

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              • #8
                Re: Philadelphia Eagles release DeSean Jackson

                Originally posted by presto123 View Post
                Words cannot describe my respect for the Eagles organization. Many players think they are bigger than the team or can get away with any behavior because they are a "star". Guess what....think again. I hope this sets a presidence for other teams to step up and do the right thing as well when players step over the line. Too many teams still overlook or try to sweep stuff under the carpet in the name of winning. It's time for Owners, General Managers, and Coaches to send a message. It is a privilege not a right to play professional football.
                Yeah except he hasn't done anything...

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                • #9
                  Re: Philadelphia Eagles release DeSean Jackson

                  Originally posted by presto123 View Post
                  Words cannot describe my respect for the Eagles organization. Many players think they are bigger than the team or can get away with any behavior because they are a "star". Guess what....think again. I hope this sets a presidence for other teams to step up and do the right thing as well when players step over the line. Too many teams still overlook or try to sweep stuff under the carpet in the name of winning. It's time for Owners, General Managers, and Coaches to send a message. It is a privilege not a right to play professional football.

                  Yeah and after you finish playing that violin of yours this team kept Riley Cooper and signed Michael Vick after he got out of prison.

                  Of course there could be more to this story than presented but I find it hard to believe a multibillion dollar entity like the Eagles had no idea about any of this before he was drafted. Just like the Patriots were clueless about Aaron Hernandez's past... Sure whatever teams overlook ANYTHING to win.

                  I would buy that his issues were attitude related and if that's the case I don't blame them however the rest? I need more info before I condemn him for living the "thug life".

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                  • #10
                    Re: Philadelphia Eagles release DeSean Jackson

                    Good day if you're a Cowboys, Giants, or Redskins fan. The team that won the division last year just lost an elite receiver in the prime of his career.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Philadelphia Eagles release DeSean Jackson

                      Originally posted by Sollozzo View Post
                      Good day if you're a Cowboys, Giants, or Redskins fan. The team that won the division last year just lost an elite receiver in the prime of his career.
                      can't see an alleged Crip going to the Redskins

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                      • #12
                        Re: Philadelphia Eagles release DeSean Jackson

                        Originally posted by Ace E.Anderson View Post
                        Yeah except he hasn't done anything...
                        Hasn't done anything? It is common knowledge around the NFL that he is a self centered, locker room cancer with no work ethic.(who didn't want to honor his current contract) I didn't even bring up the gang signs he made on the field or his rumored gang affiliations.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Philadelphia Eagles release DeSean Jackson

                          Originally posted by Basketball Fan View Post
                          Yeah and after you finish playing that violin of yours this team kept Riley Cooper and signed Michael Vick after he got out of prison.

                          Of course there could be more to this story than presented but I find it hard to believe a multibillion dollar entity like the Eagles had no idea about any of this before he was drafted. Just like the Patriots were clueless about Aaron Hernandez's past... Sure whatever teams overlook ANYTHING to win.

                          I would buy that his issues were attitude related and if that's the case I don't blame them however the rest? I need more info before I condemn him for living the "thug life".
                          Never said anything about gangs in my original post. Also, I'm not going to judge the Eagles on stuff that happened before Kelly got there. I think Kelly is trying to change the culture there and I applaud him for it. This is a good step in that direction. The Eagles didn't even try and get picks for Jackson as they could have.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Philadelphia Eagles release DeSean Jackson

                            Originally posted by Sollozzo View Post
                            Good day if you're a Cowboys, Giants, or Redskins fan. The team that won the division last year just lost an elite receiver in the prime of his career.
                            Sometimes it's the right(but not popular) thing to do. There is a good chance that even the guy in your avatar(who we all though was a good guy) is basically a thug if you are to believe a lot of what has been investigated. I just find it kind of funny that a lot of people that attend these games and root for these players are middle to high income people who wouldn't want these players anywhere near their neighborhoods if they wasn't playing professional football.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Philadelphia Eagles release DeSean Jackson

                              Originally posted by presto123 View Post
                              Never said anything about gangs in my original post. Also, I'm not going to judge the Eagles on stuff that happened before Kelly got there. I think Kelly is trying to change the culture there and I applaud him for it. This is a good step in that direction. The Eagles didn't even try and get picks for Jackson as they could have.

                              Chip Kelly was there with Riley Cooper though (I agree he has nothing to do with the Eagles bringing on Vick but the owner knows the players he's dealing with to act dumb now about DJax is just BS to me) since it happened last offseason it was an Eagles player who said if it were Andy Reid he would've been harsher with him.

                              The only reason I'm relating this to his alleged gang ties is because that's what is being brought up as to why he's released. We all know Riley Cooper used the N-word. The whole thing with Desean and possible gang ties is alleged.

                              If he was released because he's a diva WR who was more trouble than he was worth then yes I have no issue with that however that's not what is being reported here.

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