Former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson has released a public statement addressing his sudden release from the team and some allegations made in a report linking him to gang activity. In the statement Jackson thanks the city of Philadelphia and denies any ties to any gang.
"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 [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."
The Eagles had been attempting to find a trade partner for the 27-year old Pro Bowl receiver for the past few weeks, but it had been reported his salary was going to be a big sticking point and it was likely he would end up released by the team if they truly wanted to part ways.
The report of gang affiliations dropped on Friday, March 28th shortly before Jackson's release. A report by NJ.com claimed Jackson had connections to street gangs in Los Angeles and that members of the Eagles front office were concerned over the reported connections.