Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson had an interesting morning. While driving to an event for the DeSean Jackson Foundation for Pediatric Cancer, Jackson was pulled over by a member of the Pennsylvania State Police, according to TMZ.
Per the report, the trooper stopped Jackson for having tinted windows. The trooper also reportedly suspected Jackson of being drunk. At 9:00 a.m.
TMZ further reports that the trooper seemed to recognize Jackson, and that the trooper “began acting very rudely” toward him.
A witness tells TMZ that the trooper “yelled” at Jackson the entire time, but that Jackson “never gave the trooper an attitude and followed his instructions at all times.”
Jackson was released without a ticket after passing a field sobriety test.
The incident, if accurately depicted, illustrates the disparity in treatment that pro athletes often receive from law enforcement officials. In some cases, the authorities look the other way and/or go out of their way to ensure that the player doesn’t get in trouble. In other cases, they seem to bait the player into saying or doing something he’ll regret.