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DeSean Jackson felt “hurt” after Eagles cut him

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DeSean Jackson said in his first interview since being cut by the Eagles that he’s happy to be in Washington, disappointed by the way things ended in Philadelphia, and adamant that he is not in a gang.

Jackson told Stephen A. Smith on ESPN that he was stunned that the Eagles let him go after his Pro Bowl 2013 season.

“I was definitely hurt,” Jackson said. “It was a humbling experience. . . . But it’s a business. It’s the NFL.”

In Washington, Jackson said, he believes he can thrive.

“I’m feeling great about it,” Jackson said. “I’m very stoked.”

Asked about the NJ.com story saying Jackson had gang ties, Jackson said he was disappointed by the story.

“It was, from my point of view, very disrespectful,” Jackson said. “I don’t think it was right, straight up. The allegations, the things that were said in the article, were things from a long time ago that the club, the organization knew about.”

As he has before, Jackson insisted that he is not a member of a gang.

“Do I know friends that are out there, involved? Yes. I try to, you know, stay away from it,” Jackson said. “I’m definitely aware and know certain gang members, but as far as me being affiliated or me being a gang member? Never have I once been. Never had any affiliation of going out and doing things that are against the law. I always felt I’m a product of my environment, but at the same time I’m the guy who wants to go out there and do things the right way.”

Jackson said he thinks he’s been a good role model for children growing up in the same area of Southern California where he grew up.

“I’m trying to tell little kids to stay away from these things, not do drugs, not do violence, stay in school, listen to their parents, make it to college,” Jackson said.

Jackson seems hurt not just that he lost his job in Philadelphia, but that his reputation took a hit for reasons that he feels are unfair.

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  1. logicalvoicesays says: Apr 4, 2014 5:36 PM

    Wow. Superb interview by Steven A. Smith and ESPN! DeSean is so well spoken and humble. He is misunderstood and cleared it up as great as he could in this interview. The Eagles don’t have to give a rebuttal. They were wrong to release him and try damage his character. Shame on that organization to try and ruin a man’s livelyhood. DeSean is a Father and a son to someone out there. To just try to destroy his income and reputation for all his hard in the community is flatout disguisting. God takes care of it all in the end though and DeSean Jackson is a better man as of today for going through it all with class and dignity. That is all. #HTTR

  2. bigtganks says: Apr 4, 2014 5:36 PM

    Noooo. You don’t say?!?!

    What’s next? “People in Arizona think it’s hot outside”?

  3. birdbrainsnj says: Apr 4, 2014 5:38 PM

    Article said he had gang affiliations. That is being “affiliated” with gang members, in which you just admitted. This guys stupidity fills me with blinding rage!

  4. backdapack4evr says: Apr 4, 2014 5:38 PM

    Something fishy about the whole story!!

  5. lunchtimeallday says: Apr 4, 2014 5:38 PM

    Well than don’t throw up gang signs and nobody will think you have gang ties. Last time I looked I didn’t see Steve Jobs or Trump throwing up gang signs when they meet rappers.

  6. djstat says: Apr 4, 2014 5:38 PM

    I an sure Donovan McNabb felt good when you threw him under the bus in 2009. Jerk

  7. packfanaj12 says: Apr 4, 2014 5:39 PM

    Pitty Party for someone who just got 16 mil!

  8. jlmd17 says: Apr 4, 2014 5:39 PM

    You were cut because you were and remain a pain in the butt.

  9. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 4, 2014 5:40 PM

    Whatever is in the past at least he’s saying the right things in the present. Keep that attitude up and everything will be fine.

  10. anthonyromo says: Apr 4, 2014 5:40 PM

    He has a point. Unfortunately he was deemed guilty by association and the Eagles took the most cautious path. I hope this “humbling” experiences humbles him in more than this.

  11. Pittsburgh Steelers says: Apr 4, 2014 5:40 PM

    The NFL offseason soap opera continues…

  12. jetsfaninindy says: Apr 4, 2014 5:40 PM

    Chip Kelly is a dbag. He is the 2nd coming
    of Sciano. Desean should be glad to escape that
    circus.

  13. eagleaniac says: Apr 4, 2014 5:41 PM

    Time for him to move on. Most Eagle fans will miss him. I guess we’ll never know the real reason we cut him.

  14. orivar says: Apr 4, 2014 5:42 PM

    Are you saying that the media may have gone too far?

    Nah, not possible!

  15. iggles07 says: Apr 4, 2014 5:43 PM

    I am NOT a fan at all of cutting your best wr in the prime of his career. but more seems to be coming out on this….from Philly.com today:

    More details emerge on why DeSean Jackson was cut

    The Eagles still have not offered anything more than the short, concise statement that they decided to release DeSean Jackson. When they do eventually talk, it is unlikely that they will share the dirty details of what went on behind the scenes with Jackson.

    However, details of Jackson’s behavior have begun to emerge, via Joseph Santoliquito of CBS. From Santoliquito’s report:

    But what a number of sources close to and around the team, including current and former players, as well as additional sources within the Eagles revealed was that Jackson was not very well liked by his teammates, was blatantly insubordinate, with temper tantrums cussing out Kelly several times in front of the team, pushed the NFL rookie coach the way “a child would test boundaries,” and was more concerned with his rap label than he was about winning football games.

    Jackson was never suspended, and there was no known discipline of Jackson since Chip Kelly took over. At one time during the 2013 offseason, Jackson was was taking reps with the 3rd string offense, but that was never positioned by the Eagles as a disciplinary act.

    The CBS report is loaded with anonymous quotes from former and current Eagles players, such as this one:

    “Yes, you can say he was the type that could catch three TDs in a loss—everyone would be down, but you had the impression he was happy, because he got his. It was all about him. A lot of guys thought that way about him. [Kelly] came in here with a plan to get this thing right, and the one major [obstacle] standing in his way was [Jackson]. If we were going to move forward as a team, he had to go. Think about it—did anyone come right out and back him publicly? Not one.”

    CBS’ report comes on the same day that the NFL Player’s Association stated on Mike & Mike that they were investigating the Eagles on whether they purposely leaked information to NJ.com about gang ties.

    “We’ve been in touch with DeSean, and first and foremost he is a tremendous football player and great young man,” Smith said on Mike & Mike. “On the issue of how he was released, whether or not there were comments or leaks from the team, misinformation to the media coming from the team, that’s something that we’re going to look at. We’ve always been aggressive about protecting the integrity of our players.”

    Jackson is scheduled to speak with Stephen A. Smith on ESPN tonight at 6pm. It will be his first public interview since he was released.

  16. derekgorgonstar says: Apr 4, 2014 5:43 PM

    Awwww….poor little baby gonna cry?

  17. skinsfan91 says: Apr 4, 2014 5:44 PM

    Man, he’s going to make the Eagles pay.

  18. badmoonrison says: Apr 4, 2014 5:44 PM

    Shame on Philly for leaking that story. Its a testament to how they treat their players. Just look at the timing of the leak. Obviously they leaked it as a goodbye smack in the face to DJ. Why would any free agent want to go there? Look at their track record-TO (read his book before judging, he got screwed) ,Donovan, Asomugha and now their best player DJ. Free agents need to avoid this franchise like the plague. They dont care about you.

  19. believeland1954 says: Apr 4, 2014 5:45 PM

    He can buy a lot of Kleenex with his signing bonus.

  20. jam11163 says: Apr 4, 2014 5:45 PM

    And than the truth comes out.

  21. steves11 says: Apr 4, 2014 5:45 PM

    I agree with DeSean that on the surface, at least, the way he was treated by the Eagles at the end was unfair. Why couldn’t they just come out and say that the reason he was released was simply because Chip Kelly didn’t like his attitude and his work habits? There was no need to come up with stuff that only hurt his reputation and potentially his market value.

  22. howiefeltersnatch says: Apr 4, 2014 5:47 PM

    Aw poor wittle guy

  23. 25cuts says: Apr 4, 2014 5:47 PM

    How about cussing out your coach? Or how about missing meetings and being late? That’s the issue, not gangs. Nobody cares about your gangs.

  24. ravensterps says: Apr 4, 2014 5:47 PM

    The eagles are a dirty organization.

  25. eagleswin says: Apr 4, 2014 5:48 PM

    CBS Philly reports Jackson threw “temper tantrums cussing out (Chip) Kelly several times in front of the team,” and was “more concerned with his rap label” than winning football games. The dislike among teammates would seem to be confirmed by their dispassionate reactions to his departure. “I’ll put it this way, when it came out last Friday that [Jackson] was released,” said one source, “more than a few guys were happy it happened. They said ‘good riddance.’”

  26. captainwisdom8888 says: Apr 4, 2014 5:48 PM

    Desean needs to learn how to act more like a professional, but i still feel as if this recent treatment of Desean as a full-fledged gang member is completely unwarranted. There’s zero proof of any gang ties or any wrongdoing other than having a bad attitude…the guy has NEVER been in trouble with the law once in his entire life.

    This gang story was a stretch, and blown completely out of proportion by the media salivating for a good article…and now a young guy’s reputation takes a huge hit based on pure hearsay.

  27. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 4, 2014 5:50 PM

    Desean wasn’t “cut” physically.

    It was just a “paper” cut.

    But those hurt like hell.

  28. dlw492 says: Apr 4, 2014 5:51 PM

    It’s okay DJAX, revenge is best served cold. And on the field, he’s a cold man. Shut up and put your helmet on & show them what they missed out on

  29. orivar says: Apr 4, 2014 5:51 PM

    25cuts says:
    Apr 4, 2014 5:47 PM
    How about cussing out your coach? Or how about missing meetings and being late? That’s the issue, not gangs. Nobody cares about your gangs.

    ———-

    None of that has been proven. Rumor mill. The eagles cut players before the hit 30. Nothing new. Has always happened, will always happen. Though it’s most likely that there was a rift between he & Chip the furthered that.

  30. malieckal says: Apr 4, 2014 5:51 PM

    Let your big-time play do the talking, #11.

    Welcome to DC!

    #HTTR

  31. paulnoga says: Apr 4, 2014 5:51 PM

    NFL Insiders (ESPN) today confirmed that after last year’s playoff loss, Chip Kelly sent a memo to all management staff that DeSean Jackson was persona non grata and that there would be deep digging to get him off the Eagles roster. Every means would be acceptable to have the fans not blame management.
    This was a set-up from late January. There were also indications the Eagles then leaked “hot gang stories” to the press.

  32. jtbaudendistel says: Apr 4, 2014 5:51 PM

    Hey the SF Giants are really beating up the Dodgers right now. Jackson is a fast

  33. fanofthegame1 says: Apr 4, 2014 5:51 PM

    Deadskin fans: Man he is going to make Eagles pay. Actually, looks like the Deadskins are the only one’s paying, as Philly kicked him out of town.

  34. ghjjf says: Apr 4, 2014 5:53 PM

    Didn’t know you could have gang members as friends yet not be affiliated with them.

  35. blacknole08 says: Apr 4, 2014 5:55 PM

    I think the Eagles could have been more fair about the situation. And I think it’s great that Jackson is a mentor to those kids who come from the same area as him.

    Jackson, however, needs to own up to his part in being cut from the team, which had more to do with his attitude than his alleged gang affiliation (which seems like an over-fabrication on the part of the media to further sully his reputation).

  36. warhammer420 says: Apr 4, 2014 5:55 PM

    Someone call the Waaahmbulance

  37. cryptker says: Apr 4, 2014 6:04 PM

    If nj.com article is untrue and so damaging why hasn`t he filed a defamation lawsuit? I know why, Can you figure it out?

  38. dg0122 says: Apr 4, 2014 6:05 PM

    I try to stay away from Gs except for when I get right in the middle of a bunch of them and flash signs with them. And do it again on TV during games. Or sign Gs to my rap label (what could go wrong with me owning a rap label?) Other than that…

  39. kyblue33 says: Apr 4, 2014 6:05 PM

    Was he late for the interview? or trash anybody at the interview? Well at least he showed up that seems like he is really trying. How do you flash gang signs if you know Nothing? Just asking like Stephen A did, you mean he did not ask? Hmmmm

  40. gocaps8 says: Apr 4, 2014 6:07 PM

    Discussing his emotional hurt isn’t exactly going to up his street cred. No way this dude is a gangbanger.

  41. punksinplay says: Apr 4, 2014 6:12 PM

    I don’t think his release had anything to do with gang affiliations. I think they released him because he was a “me first” player who was a pain in the butt. I think he was going to cost too much against the cap and I don’t think he’ll be that hard to replace. They’ll miss him a little but they’ll still win without him.

  42. 1bigtex says: Apr 4, 2014 6:13 PM

    It would be easier to believe DeSean if these accusations hadn’t been following since he was in college. There are reasons why guys with ability fall in the draft or get cut by their teams.

  43. greymares says: Apr 4, 2014 6:13 PM

    I’m watching that interview as i’m typing this post and i can see his nose growing.

  44. steves11 says: Apr 4, 2014 6:15 PM

    “I’ll put it this way, when it came out last Friday that [Jackson] was released,” said one source, “more than a few guys were happy it happened. They said ‘good riddance.’”

    I can pretty much guarantee that two of those guys weren’t Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher.

  45. chinahand11 says: Apr 4, 2014 6:16 PM

    Did Stephen A. Smith ask him about flashing gang signs on TV? Did he ask about alleged subordination to the coach? No. Know why? You know why.

  46. teal379 says: Apr 4, 2014 6:19 PM

    Love the people yelling about how the “Eagles leaked all this to discredit Jackson” because “there’s no proof he has affiliations with gangs” – yet they’ve shown no proof that the Eagles did any such thing.

    If the fact they cut him after the article came out is “proof” that the Eagles leaked this info, if that’s the standard that’s been met – what EXACTLY would having pictures of you flashing gang signs and with other KNOWN gangbangers be? Where is that on the threshold of “proof”?

  47. realfootballfan says: Apr 4, 2014 6:19 PM

    Love Eagle fans who continue to eat their team’s PR garbage but slam Jackson for defending himself. I guess we know why there’s that lone team in the NFC East who’s never won anything and won’t in the forseeable future since they handle business like they do and have going back years in that front office regardless of who’s in charge there. Look to Jerry Reese for some class Eagle idiots. When Nicks moved on, there was nothing but mutual respect and friendly exchanges on and off the record. The Eagles need to burn you down before they ship you out of town, and that goes back years regardless of the player from Jeremiah Trotter to Hugh Douglas, to Donnovan McNabb, to even Dawkins when he left who is Mr. Eagle. Classless organization. End rant.

  48. tsh0824 says: Apr 4, 2014 6:22 PM

    Bottomline here. How many Eagles players have come out to support Jackson? Thats right zero! This is a pretty cut and dry thing, he was cut for many reasons, mostly his diva attitude and his disrespect for coaches and other players. Football is the ultimate team game, if one player thought this was unjust or wanted him on that team, they would be speaking out. Not one has or will. It has been pretty obvious in Philly for a while now. I cannot see how it could be spun any other way. Read the CBS piece, thats not speculation, that is directly from the horses mouth, teammates. He is Washington’s problem now, and the attitudes on that team will make it implode. Hall and Jackson in the same locker room? Haha, they could go 2-14 and if those guys have decent numbers they will be happy men, 2 happy while the other 51 are upset.

  49. philswfc08 says: Apr 4, 2014 6:23 PM

    I still haven’t caught up reading all the quotes from ex-teammates from the Eagles speaking out in support of DeSean…oh wait, what you mean nobody spoke out in support of him or questioning the decision to cut him? That tells pretty much the whole story. None of the gang stuff was news to the Eagles.

  50. jbeagles23 says: Apr 4, 2014 6:24 PM

    Going to be more hurt in the cellar of the NFC east for awhile. Not one player or member if the eagles sucked this guy up cause his commitment to the rap game and attitude. And part if the reason he went to Washington was cause that’s where wale resides. Lol this will turn out bad for the crumby organization

  51. longtimefanhtr says: Apr 4, 2014 6:24 PM

    Aww, let’s have a pity party.

  52. stevent92 says: Apr 4, 2014 6:24 PM

    Please God, NO! NOT HURT FEELINGS?!??!

    How can one ever survive with feeling “hurt?”

  53. SeattleJones says: Apr 4, 2014 6:25 PM

    Judging by the votes, it looks like a lot of iggle fans read this story lol

  54. raiderlyfe510 says: Apr 4, 2014 6:28 PM

    He had to be hurt to choose to sign with a 3-13 squad just for a chance to play the Eagles twice a year.

    Somebody in his circle should have schooled him to not ever make life decisions to spite someone. You make life decisions to better yourself. Revenge is for the weak, forgiveness and moving on is for the wise.

  55. uglydingo says: Apr 4, 2014 6:28 PM

    DeSean is articulate and answers every question intelligently. Great TV – Stephen A is ESPN’s top interviewer and his sense of humanity and respect comes across in the interview. He lets DeSean make his points and I could sense the hurt in his voice. Eagles just lost your best player to a Division rival and he has something to prove.

  56. nite2al says: Apr 4, 2014 6:28 PM

    You all sit here and criticize these athletes all the time.

    You have no idea what they go through on a day to day basis. And just because you make millions doesn’t mean it’s okay if you get treated like crap.

    Don’t you want to be respected and treated fairly on your job too?

  57. 25cuts says: Apr 4, 2014 6:31 PM

    It’s so funny how skins fans on here act like Djax is their savior hahaha. Wow. So now they think Djax will be the one who takes 3-13 and wins the division? These are the people who will be nowhere to be found once the skins lose. Oh but Djax will have 120 yds and a td vs the eagles. It’ll be so fun to watch the skins lose this year. Circus is in town.

  58. regulator2 says: Apr 4, 2014 6:31 PM

    It is starting to look like the eagles got rid of a large problem with this guy. Not gang related. He was a locker room cancer and not a team player. And now since only Snyder’s redskins took the bait; he is planted in their locker room. Picture of him in #11 jersey showed a “C” on it . What a leader. Priceless!!!

  59. tellthetruth1313 says: Apr 4, 2014 6:32 PM

    WUSSY!

  60. peymax1693 says: Apr 4, 2014 6:34 PM

    I think having the public think that the Eagles cut him because he was a diva would be worse for his image than having the public think he was cut because of his gang affiliation.

    Having your teammates call you out as a selfish malcontent who didn’t give 100% is basically the worst thing that can be said about a player. I wish it wasn’t done anonymously so there was no doubt about the accuracy of the story.

    Good luck, Washington. If that story is true, what are the odds that DeSean is going to change?

  61. tinopuno says: Apr 4, 2014 6:36 PM

    Skins fans are priceless! As an Eagle, Skins’ fans called him a punk, a locker room cancer, a wise ass POS.

    Now that he’s a Skin, he’s the misunderstood, innocent victim of shabby treatment by the Eagles who callously released an all pro wide out in his prime for no reason more than Chip Kelly’s whim!

    Be careful what you wish for!

  62. paulz624 says: Apr 4, 2014 6:36 PM

    After hearing the reports coming out of Philly about how Jackson treated his HC and how much of his teammates are happy he’s gone because of the me first attitude I don’t know who’s interview was more fake, Jackson’s or Incognito.

  63. 25cuts says: Apr 4, 2014 6:37 PM

    Why do you think nobody wanted him?? Skins were the only team that was eager to get him. I get it, if I was a skins fan I’d be happy too but skins will not win the east.

  64. bricktop02 says: Apr 4, 2014 6:38 PM

    Ray Rice beat his girl up and the ravens kept him. And you call the eagles a dirty organization?

  65. patfanken says: Apr 4, 2014 6:39 PM

    What a crock of crap that ESPN threw at us with Jackson’s interview. Is PR and reputation enhancing new revenue streams for the 4 letter network.

    The whole “gangbanging” issue was all a smoke screen. NOT for the Eagles but for Jackson. Now he can play the “woe is me, I’ve been falsely accused” card. And the same mediots who gleefully spread the gossip, can now just as gleefully blame the Eagles for what the MEDIA has essentially done.

    Jackson was cut, not for his gang affiliations, but because he’s a jerk, who’s me first attitude is detrimental to his team. Having this talented but entitled puke on the Eagles was perceived by his coach and many of its players to be a negative.

    Andy Reid didn’t want him back. Marty Morningway, his old OC, who had his WR Coach on staff, didn’t want him either. The whole gang thing is now is excuse. That BS, its not like Kelly was recruiting from the suburbs when he was at Oregon.

    This is ALL on Jackson. If Washington is lucky, he will have learned something from this and they will get a talented WR who has something to prove. If they aren’t and landing on his feet has empowered the little bastard, he will eventually play his way out of there too. Big test coming for Jay Gruden

  66. badmoonrison says: Apr 4, 2014 6:49 PM

    Put yourselves in DJs position guys. Literally. Imagine your boss decides to fire you. Then he refuses to give you a positive recommendation after working for him for 5 or so years. Maybe you had a few call ins sick and maybe your best friend who sells a little pot or whatever came in to say hi to you one day and your boss didnt like it. Would you still blame yourself or would you blame your boss for passing judgement and firing you? Be honest with yourself.

  67. vusnu says: Apr 4, 2014 6:50 PM

    So this is what I got from the interview: DeSean Jackson does not think the Eagles leaked the NJ.com story. He admits to having been late to meetings. He does not blame Chip Kelly in anyway. He did misbehave during his career. So again, why are the Eagles culpable here?

  68. bastardfromhell says: Apr 4, 2014 6:50 PM

    The correct term to use would be have you ever “associated” instead of “affiliated” yourself with a gang. Law Enforcement does not distinguish between the two. If you are hanging around gang bangers you are either a wanna be, a supporter, or express and interest in being one. DeSean has the opportunity to distance himself from that lifestyle. Instead he embraces it and has the audacity to post the pics on social media sites and then try to claim his innocence.

  69. skins359 says: Apr 4, 2014 6:55 PM

    @steves11 – Thing is regardless of their reputation for smear tactics the Eagles are trying to expose themselves as little as possible. On one hand if you want to attract free agents you can’t be found explicitly airing dirty laundry in public. If a player were to bring up anonymous quotes and articles during free agent visits the Eagles could say that they weren’t the ones who made the statements.

    Also you don’t want to expose yourself to lawsuits and league sanctions so in the case of the Eagles the less they say the better.

  70. greg2geez says: Apr 4, 2014 6:57 PM

    If somebody spreads stories about you that are not true and they damage your reputation or impact you financially you have a claim for slander.
    If somebody prints stories about you that are not true and they damage your reputation or impact you financially you have a claim for libel.
    You can legally print or say what you want about somebody as long as its true. If its not true you are exposed to liability.
    I haven’t seen anything indicating the Eagles and NJ.com have their bases covered.
    It will be interesting to see how Jackson proceeds.

  71. jadmakaveli says: Apr 4, 2014 6:59 PM

    The hate is real out here I see lol.

  72. nnagi says: Apr 4, 2014 7:01 PM

    Stephen A Smith, the A is for a..hole and he has an awful haircut…racist hypocrite

  73. corky2141 says: Apr 4, 2014 7:05 PM

    When asked if he had gang affiliations or hung out with gang members he answered that he doesn’t… When they are doing things bad or against the law. Not an outright no. Every time that question came up he gave a long answer that circled around and around but never outright said no, which means yes

  74. vusnu says: Apr 4, 2014 7:08 PM

    “Put yourselves in DJs position guys. Literally. Imagine your boss decides to fire you. Then he refuses to give you a positive recommendation after working for him for 5 or so years. Maybe you had a few call ins sick and maybe your best friend who sells a little pot or whatever came in to say hi to you one day and your boss didnt like it. Would you still blame yourself or would you blame your boss for passing judgement and firing you? Be honest with yourself.”

    It’s a bit different when the employee gets an annual salary with 8 zeros in the total.

  75. bastardfromhell says: Apr 4, 2014 7:09 PM

    He damaged his own reputation by the company he keeps and by posting his pics with gang bangers! Not slander when when there is proof of association by his own hands. LAPD has him tagged as an associate wanna be gang banger.

  76. eugenesaxe1 says: Apr 4, 2014 7:13 PM

    Aww, someone call the WAAAAAAAAAmbulance and get him a Hello Kitty band-aid for his widdle bruised ego.

  77. tiger2471 says: Apr 4, 2014 7:15 PM

    What this sounds like to me is he didn’t respect Chip Kelly and because Chip Kelly couldn’t get his respect and didn’t discipline him for the disrespect, he just got rid of him. Ok, fine, so any player in the future that disrespects you as a coach, get rid of them; right? Does that sound like a coach you would respect? Instead of having a meeting with the guy and trying to figure out what is going on and disciplining the player, lets just chuck him. Let’s get rid of the #1 receiver who put up over 1,300 yds and 9 TDS! No big deal right, because you can get that out of injury prone Jeremy Maclin or Riley Cooper? Can you imagine if Phil Jackson got rid of Michael Jordan when with the Bulls? Or if Phil Jackson got rid of Kobe or Shaq because of their attitude? Wow.

  78. nyneal says: Apr 4, 2014 7:16 PM

    Stephen A. Smith is the 21st century Howard Cosell. His ego is that big. He thinks he’s the smartest guy on the planet and acts like he is the only guy who can ask the tough questions. The only reason he isn’t the worst sports commentator there is is because he works with the worst — Skip Bayless. Listening to those two argue sports is like watching Judge Judy argue with the morons she gets on her stupid show.
    As for Jackson, the bottom line is, he is one of those sports enigmas — talented player with extra baggage that divides teammates and causes GM’s to get ulcers.
    You don’t release a player like that unless there’s a reason. The Eagles aren’t stupid. I remember when the Eagles’ (Buddy Ryan) shipped out Chris Carter and everyone criticized them. Little did anyone know, Carter had a drug problem and that’s why they got rid of him. To his credit, he showed class late in his career by offering an apology and thank you to Buddy Ryan for making him wake up by getting rid of him.
    Maybe Jackson will grow up and come to the same conclusion — that he needs to grow up.

  79. gritzblitz66 says: Apr 4, 2014 7:22 PM

    Why would someone continually throw gang signs in multiple photos if he’s not affiliated with gangs? Give me one good answer to that and then I’ll believe DeSean

  80. tiger2471 says: Apr 4, 2014 7:23 PM

    If you can’t control your players, you shouldn’t be the coach, period. Sorry, but it’s part of the job and you’re getting paid pretty damn well. And Chip Kelly better hope this decision doesn’t come back to bite him in the arse, or the Eagles will chuck him once his contract is up or sooner.

  81. wishingtonredslur says: Apr 4, 2014 7:27 PM

    Well he didn’t play with Sanchez so he couldn’t be butt-fumble-hurt.

  82. irvfin3 says: Apr 4, 2014 7:28 PM

    I knew there was something more to this because when Jeremy Maclin and Jason Kelce were asked about Jackson;s departure they didn’t seem upset that he had been released.

  83. nflrule says: Apr 4, 2014 7:37 PM

    High risk…high reward.

  84. fanofthegame1 says: Apr 4, 2014 7:40 PM

    He didn’t trash Foles. He was quick to Trash McNabb and say how much of an upgrade Kolb was LOL. Oh yeah, how could he trash Foles…. without him, he was nothing but an average reciever. Look at 2011, and 2012.

  85. 1509lucky says: Apr 4, 2014 7:42 PM

    DeSean is articulate and answers every question intelligently. Great TV – Stephen A is ESPN’s top interviewer and his sense of humanity and respect comes across in the interview. He lets DeSean make his points and I could sense the hurt in his voice. Eagles just lost your best player to a Division rival and he has something to prove.

    I almost tore a muscle laughing at this. yeah,okay! Where to start? For the idiots who keep insisting that The Eagles “Leaked” this information to the press: News Flash: all of that info was already known by the Media and other NFL for YEARS! Jackson himself even said he had a personal conversation with Chip Kelly before being released,he was obviously told that it was his attitude and unprofessional behavior that was the reason,but God Forbid he admit that during that JOKE of an interview with Stephen A Smith who forever embarrassed himself in front of every. CREDIBLE Sports Journalist in America. Articulate and answered the questions intelligently? When did THAT happen? Stephen A did more talking than Desean did! Every question was leading and self serving and NEVER actually touched on his behavior in the locker room or his relationships with coaches or teammates. Instead we got that tired Gang Affiliation BS! Stephen A Spent more time trying to smear the Eagles than he did actually conducting an interview!

  86. 1509lucky says: Apr 4, 2014 7:45 PM

    What this sounds like to me is he didn’t respect Chip Kelly and because Chip Kelly couldn’t get his respect and didn’t discipline him for the disrespect, he just got rid of him. Ok, fine, so any player in the future that disrespects you as a coach, get rid of them; right? Does that sound like a coach you would respect? Instead of having a meeting with the guy and trying to figure out what is going on and disciplining the player, lets just chuck him. Let’s get rid of the #1 receiver who put up over 1,300 yds and 9 TDS! No big deal right, because you can get that out of injury prone Jeremy Maclin or Riley Cooper? Can you imagine if Phil Jackson got rid of Michael Jordan when with the Bulls? Or if Phil Jackson got rid of Kobe or Shaq because of their attitude? Wow.

    The fact that you would equate a 5-10 175 lb Wide Receiver who only has 32 tds in 6 years with Jordan,Kobe and Shaquille is embarrassing for you and your view of Sports in General. I actually weep at you stupidity.

  87. redandgoldhitman52 says: Apr 4, 2014 7:52 PM

    i was hoping SF picked him up. i use to like the eagles back when T.O joined them. forgave the eagles for mistreating McNabb. now that they treated Desean with such disrespect i no longer support them and will root for the garbage redskins over the eagles but want to see dallas win the division.

  88. shtzngigglz says: Apr 4, 2014 7:59 PM

    How can you dumb tw4ts sit here and say shame on Philadelphia for trying to smear his name, ruin his reputation etc. Tell me exactly what Philadelphia did to DeSean? Oh, they voided his contract and let him go to any team HE chose to go to. They did not come out and give a reason, they did not say hes a gang banger or anything. They released him from his contract. The article that was put out was from someone who was likely giving the Eagles a chance to address the situation before publishing.

    They tried to trade him, no takers. They cut him. No one outside of the Eagles Front Office will know the reasons. Its speculated its his attitude, his unwillingness to give 100% effort, his inability to get into the coaches system, his gang ties etc. None of which Philadelphia said, so how did they do anything except let him freely go choose whom to play with?

  89. imnotsorryisaidthat says: Apr 4, 2014 8:03 PM

    ALL I HAD TO HEAR JACKSON SAY WAS HE DIDNT HANG OUT WITH KNOWN GANG MEMBERS.. IF THEY WERE DOING NEGATIVE THINGS…ENOUGH SAID..ANY MORE QUESTIONS?????????????????????

  90. bearshaterseverywhere says: Apr 4, 2014 8:04 PM

    I would cry too, if had to switch playing for one team rival to another and made millions of dollars and got all the attention in the NFL for the past 2 weeks straight…..I feel so bad for you…..little boy, grow up!

    Way to set the so called “record” straight, wonderful job by your agent and yourself there DeSean!

  91. coltsreign says: Apr 4, 2014 8:08 PM

    Dude showed up to the conference championship game his rookie year
    Eagles vs Cardinals.
    That would have been fun but you decided to play ghetto pimp

  92. ianijm says: Apr 4, 2014 8:11 PM

    All you need to know is this … the Eagles cut the most talented player on their team not named LeSean McCoy and NOT ONE PLAYER SAID A THING IN SUPPORT OF HIM!

    That never happens. Ever. The guy’s a cancer. Washington can have him.

    Cuz ya know … the Redskins have such a GREAT track record of signing players like this and getting the most out of them.

    *cough* ALBERT HAYNESWORTH! *cough*

  93. lj312chicago says: Apr 4, 2014 8:11 PM

    Why did the lapd come out and tell oakland and San Francisco that he has gang affiliations? … Still don’t have the entire story

  94. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Apr 4, 2014 8:13 PM

    reminded me of the a-rod ugly sweater lie your ass off interview with katie couric. stephen a really knows how to conduct a marshmallow know nothing about nothing interview. really asked the searing followup questions…..

  95. oneilistheone says: Apr 4, 2014 8:20 PM

    ?

  96. myeaglescantwin says: Apr 4, 2014 8:31 PM

    2 things.

    1) LeSean is the eagles best player. has been since he touched the field.

    2) DeSean openly admitted to quitting on the team over contract issues.

  97. iamdinguskhan says: Apr 4, 2014 8:34 PM

    Chip Kelly’s ego is going to destroy the Eagles. Without DeSean, Riley is average at best and Maclin is injury prone coming off a ACL injury. Now Defenses can put 8 in the box to stuff McCoy and Sproles and blitz Napoleon Dynamite Foles who sucks under pressure. Don’t worry Eagle fans Chip got the butt fumbler to save the day. Redskin Nation thanks you Chip! HTTR!

  98. iamdinguskhan says: Apr 4, 2014 8:40 PM

    I love the Eagles track record
    *cough* no Super Bowl wins*cough*
    Keep dusting off that empty trophy case

  99. patc14 says: Apr 4, 2014 8:40 PM

    Eagle fans this just for thought.
    “Instilling the right culture almost always takes time. And inevitably there will be some who balk against your standards. But, you must have the courage to confront and even remove the dissenters from your program, even though they might be highly talented. Ultimately, you must believe that your successful culture will attract, support, and retain the right talent and people, which will help you prevail and succeed in the long run.” ~Bill Walsh

  100. tiger2471 says: Apr 4, 2014 8:43 PM

    1509lucky says:
    Apr 4, 2014 7:45 PM
    What this sounds like to me is he didn’t respect Chip Kelly and because Chip Kelly couldn’t get his respect and didn’t discipline him for the disrespect, he just got rid of him. Ok, fine, so any player in the future that disrespects you as a coach, get rid of them; right? Does that sound like a coach you would respect? Instead of having a meeting with the guy and trying to figure out what is going on and disciplining the player, lets just chuck him. Let’s get rid of the #1 receiver who put up over 1,300 yds and 9 TDS! No big deal right, because you can get that out of injury prone Jeremy Maclin or Riley Cooper? Can you imagine if Phil Jackson got rid of Michael Jordan when with the Bulls? Or if Phil Jackson got rid of Kobe or Shaq because of their attitude? Wow.

    The fact that you would equate a 5-10 175 lb Wide Receiver who only has 32 tds in 6 years with Jordan,Kobe and Shaquille is embarrassing for you and your view of Sports in General. I actually weep at you stupidity.
    ___________________

    If you can’t understand the analogy genius, maybe it’s best you keep your idiotic comments to yourself.

  101. colv says: Apr 4, 2014 8:48 PM

    “Do I know friends that are out there, involved? Yes. I try to, you know, stay away from it,” Jackson said. “I’m definitely aware and know certain gang members.
    Very telling”try to”?
    If you know and hang out with someone then you are affiliating yourself with them. Not a very good answer. I believe the Crips are in DC now. When I left The Pentagon a few years back we were briefed on gang movements and were watching some very violent and dangerous west coast gangs infiltrating the area as they were entering the military, not for god and country. The military was extremely concerned of these trends. West coast gangs have filtered into big and small towns alike. Major growth industry. Jackson was released because of his me, me ,me attitude, mush like most young people today, not gang affiliations.

  102. stunzeed5 says: Apr 4, 2014 8:50 PM

    Don’t feel hurt DeSean…..You went from a championship-less scrap heap like the Eagles to the 3-time Superbowl winning class organization REDSKINS.

  103. doe22us says: Apr 4, 2014 8:51 PM

    Stephen A has become what Rob whatever his name said a cornball bro…

  104. imnotsorryisaidthat says: Apr 4, 2014 8:52 PM

    He crypt danced around those semi tough questions steven..well done

  105. stunzeed5 says: Apr 4, 2014 8:56 PM

    Chip Kelly only accelerated his inevitable firing by this stupid move. #EMPTYPHILLYTROPHYCASE #HTTR

  106. boycord says: Apr 4, 2014 8:56 PM

    The DC Football Club overpaid. They were the only team that was serious about signing him and they guaranteed $16 million. Jackson will create conflict and I’m going to sit back and enjoy the ride … or the fall. This signing will continue the DCFC’s status as a laughingstock franchise.

  107. witchrunner says: Apr 4, 2014 9:09 PM

    Funny thing is that, other than at one point claiming he has not now or ever been affiliated or a member of a gang, he doesn’t deny anything in the story, but just says that it was a long time ago. Not sure about you, but murders in 2011 and 2012 don’t seem that long ago to me.

    Bottom line: Who needs the grief and potential danger? He’s not THAT great.

  108. bobbyyyd says: Apr 4, 2014 9:10 PM

    I bet you a million dollars desean blazes up on the regular. I do too, but I’m not making 8 million dollars a year.

  109. wozzmann1955 says: Apr 4, 2014 9:21 PM

    “Do I know friends that are out there, involved? Yes. I try to, you know, stay away from it,” Jackson said. “I’m definitely aware and know certain gang members

    He really did not distance himself very well from acusations ,did he?

  110. nomoreseasontix says: Apr 4, 2014 9:23 PM

    Funny…
    It’s starting to come out now that one of the reasons he was cut is that his own teammates didn’t want him around anymore.

    Good luck with this clown, Redskins. I’m SO glad the Raiders didn’t dump any money on him. And it’s not even my money.

  111. jcfrey says: Apr 4, 2014 9:30 PM

    As an Eagles fan, his big-play talent will be missed. But his small time games due to a lack of effort or perceived misuse will not.

    But he is as likely to put up a 3/34/0 line as he is a 10/140/2 line.
    He comes up huge sometimes when it matters, small sometimes when it really matters, huge when it doesn’t matter and very very small whenever it suits him. His 2013 numbers look larger than they were. He’ll have a great 2014, but the year after, will tank it while bitching about more security.

    Good talent.

    Good riddance.

  112. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Apr 4, 2014 9:41 PM

    Jackson has good reason to have hard feelings with Chip Kelly and his classless organization. They damaged his name and brand to justify their cutting him.

  113. vikingsvoice says: Apr 4, 2014 9:49 PM

    If you admit you are friends with gang members, which is essentially what Jackson said, then plenty of teams would have cut him.

  114. phillyphinsfan says: Apr 4, 2014 9:51 PM

    The Eagles are taking the high road much like Buddy Ryan did when he cut Chris Carter as he was snorting and drinking his career down the drain. Why else would they release a guy who just had a pro bowl season? The team has serious issues with DeSean and it is probably well documented. They feel like it won’t do anyone any good to prove they are right about this situation, so they are refusing to make a comment. Hopefully this is a wake up call for DeSean to grow up and be the professional that he is paid to be.

  115. myfriendbobsacamano says: Apr 4, 2014 10:01 PM

    another Redskin bust, not doing their research, but listening to their owns players, who’s the GM in Redskin land ? not Bruce.. always been the players and Danny boy

  116. jbeagles23 says: Apr 4, 2014 10:22 PM

    This contract is going to be a one year contract.

  117. harvarddent says: Apr 4, 2014 10:31 PM

    As a Giant fan I couldn’t be happier. RgMe MeSean Jackson and MeAngelo Hall. Get ready for the implosion

  118. harvarddent says: Apr 4, 2014 10:34 PM

    As a Giant fan I couldn’t be happier. RGme, MeSean Jackson, and Meangelo Hall. Get ready for the implosion

  119. doublebro says: Apr 4, 2014 11:25 PM

    And that, Richard Sherman, is why DeSean Jackson is no longer an Eagle. Even though you want to believe it had to do with race, it’s no more complicated than the fact that he’s simply a malcontent.

  120. drbob117 says: Apr 4, 2014 11:26 PM

    Everyone understood when the Eagles were 4-12 that the first thing that Kelly had to change was the culture of the team when he replaced Andy Reid. Well, he did that , the team played hard and managed to finish 10-6 and make the playoffs. This is an ongoing task though, it doesn’t end just because the team improved, and if Kelly felt that a childish, insubordinate employee was in the way of the Eagles achieving the ultimate goal, it was his responsibility to get rid of him. If Me-Sean is ‘hurt’ , he should have acted like a pro, rather than cursing out assistants and missing meetings. Not one teammate came to his defense.Now Chip has to find a receiver in the draft with the ability to help the Eagles win that isn’t a locker room cancer. As an Eagles fan, I trust Chip to do just that.

  121. daubs17 says: Apr 4, 2014 11:29 PM

    he actually said, in the interview, that he only associates with gang members who arent involved in negative things. Wowww. Face palm of the highest order.

    Dont worry honey! the only drug dealers I hang out with are the ones that aren’t up to no good! …..cannot….make….this….stuff…..up. Professional athletes….lol

  122. holdsteady76 says: Apr 4, 2014 11:41 PM

    Washington never seems to shy away from these types of personalities or signings, and it never seems to payoff.

    They gave up so many draft picks for RG3, and now bring in a personality like Jackson. I am not disputing the talent of either player, but the overall approach of the organization. That division is wide open and stranger things have happened, but to me this is not the blue print for how to build a Champion.

  123. joeknowsnada says: Apr 4, 2014 11:45 PM

    DJax has $16MM reasons to feel fine and dandy.
    He was cut because he and the coach did not see eye to eye, pure and simple. That’s it. Did the Eagles handle this well? No, as usual, the “Mgmt that can’t shoot straight” botched yet another public relations event.
    As for DJax, the man, I am sure he is not the pure paragon of virtue some feel he is, but, he DOES do great work in the community and DOES give back. It’s a shame he could not get along with Coach Kelly. However, there ARE fans of diverse ethnic backgrounds who have met the man in public and come away with the opinion that he is a self-centered jerk. There ARE clubs in Philly who currently refuse to serve he and his posse.
    The T.O. comparisons are not valid. DJax GOT PAID by the Eagles, T.O. did not. The QB at the time, Known as “5,” is largely responsible for that, as he was backed by Coach Reid and
    the FO. And, in T.O.’s case, hey, he is a wack-a-doo. It’s the very fact that DJax got paid that caused him to be cut. And, he got paid by a 2nd team, now. That’s pretty good.
    Isn’t it telling that Andy Reid did not want him, both during the brouhaha leading up to the finale, and after the Eagles cut him?

  124. rollore says: Apr 4, 2014 11:51 PM

    Not one person makes an entire team. An entire team makes up an entire team.

    His 1300+ yds receiving is grandfathered by the QBs that threw him the ball.

    Remember when Drew Brees threw for over 5K yds? Not a single WR had over 1,000 yds receiving. Chip Kelly’s formula is to build his offense his way (via draft/FA) and spend $ on defense (FA).

    Watch their new offense. It’s going to be like when a diva player is absent from the team – the whole team will play entirely better.

    Defensive coordinators think it’s okay now that Jackson’s gone from the Eagles’ offense. Little do they realize they’re going to have to figure out his offense all over again, which is going to be hard because they had an answer with Jackson in their lineup.

    Not anymore. And they’re not going to miss a beat!

    And they still have more cap space ($20.8M) than the Skins ($2.6M).

  125. stevent92 says: Apr 5, 2014 12:24 AM

    Jackson is expected to miss the first 6 weeks of the season with a bruised ego.

  126. sportsbastard says: Apr 5, 2014 12:28 AM

    I’m shocked that DJax hand picked Smith as his interviewer. Truly shocked. SMH

  127. Robert says: Apr 5, 2014 12:59 AM

    Another Owens Junior, he will be the biggest bust in Redskin history. Think Owens with the Bills in 2009, that’s De Crip Jackson with the Skins in 2014.

    BTW

    Philly did the right thing, and will have a great season. Possible Super Bowl run.

    Skins will be cutting De Crip Jackson when this is played out.

  128. aldog83 says: Apr 5, 2014 1:00 AM

    Poor DeSean.
    :(

  129. dodohead418 says: Apr 5, 2014 1:48 AM

    Desean maybe was hurt, but was his ego really harmed?

  130. themage78 says: Apr 5, 2014 1:48 AM

    His record label has a person signed to it that is up on murder charges. If that’s not affliated with gangs, i don’t know what is. As for being a role model, yeah right. He’s arrogant, selfish, and just a jerk. He always gloats when he has a good play, and is constantly jawing with other players. If that is a good role model, he needs some lessons.

  131. mrhoban says: Apr 5, 2014 7:47 AM

    And badmoon:

    Shady is obviously our best player. If you think 10 was, your an idiot.

  132. lawyermalloy says: Apr 5, 2014 8:31 AM

    “Disrespected”? Give me a break!
    As the NFLPA demands an investigation, they should tread softly and be forewarned what they ask for. If they look into Jacksons alleged gang affiliation they’re likely to find quite a few players in the league do still hang out with their “old friends, some of which, I have no doubt, have affiliations with the Blood or the Crips

  133. bonerznpudz says: Apr 5, 2014 9:02 AM

    To the guy that said he’ll make the eagles pay… yeah actually it’s just the opposite. He just made the redskins pay.

  134. officialmiamidolphinsspokesperson says: Apr 5, 2014 12:29 PM

    Stephen A Smith is actually a very respected journalist in his field and I definitely wouldn’t call him or Skip racist. They actually have pretty GOOD intelligent sports arguments but people here love talking trash about them for some reason

  135. ocgunslinger says: Apr 5, 2014 6:04 PM

    Does anyone expect a head coach to be disrespected by a player without the player becoming history? If the coach loses the respect of his players then he will be history.

    If DJ was such a great team player certainly one player would have vouched for him…..but not one did.

    Not necessary when the idiot admits to quitting on the team because he felt he was underpaid. I have no doubt he wore his welcome out with his team not just the coach. Who wants to listen to a constant complainer…..he fouls the locker room.

    I credit the Eagles. They tried to trade him and since apparently they couldn’t even get a 6th round draft choice they released him without any negative comments. If Chip Kelly did NOT remove him he would never have this team and the results will be better now that DJ is history.

  136. 1509lucky says: Apr 5, 2014 9:13 PM

    While watching that “interview” I kept waiting for someone to yell”LIVE FROM NEW YORK!ITS SATuRDAY NIGHT” but it never happened so I was left with the feeling of total embarrassment for Stephen A Smith for tossing away what little journalistic Credibility he had left. That was as pathetic and unprofessional a display of journalism you’ll ever see. I would say that All parties involved should be ashamed,but I doubt that lack the self awareness to do that.

  137. politicallyincorrect says: Apr 11, 2014 3:05 PM

    of note..

    Eagles also employed the least professional player of our time in DMcNabb

    they did pawn of on stupid Skins

    but, karma.. Skins now take their best player in his prime

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