Washington receiver DeSean Jackson has decided to star in a reality show during his NFL career. Generally, it wasn’t a good idea. Specifically, the first two episodes of DeSean Jackson: Home Team on BET have contained various pieces of evidence proving that it wasn’t a good idea.
In the first episode, Jackson accused the Eagles of bad-mouthing him to justify cutting him in 2014.
“I was at the top of the top. And then I got released,” Jackson said. “It was a smear campaign. Things media said about me, I bet you could say that about the majority of people in the NFL. I got a second chance to play in the NFL and I’m proving I’m one of the best receivers in the game.”
Jackson was referring at least in part to a curiously-timed report regarding problems he was causing with the Eagles — and regarding suspected gang ties. One of the authors of that report, Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com, shares some of the more troubling aspects of the second episode of the show.
“What could you have spent $5,000 on in one night in the club?” Jackson’s sister, A’Dreea, asks him while reviewing his credit card charges.
“Alcohol,” Jackson replies, before his sister finds another charge for $25,000.
Jackson also acknowledges that he’s had a hard time staying on track in the off seasons since his father died in 2009.
“When I have football, I’m focused,” Jackson explains. “Then once the off time comes, it’s like, ‘OK, what’s next?’ When my dad was here, it was always, ‘OK, we’re working out, we’re training, we’re training. But when my dad passed away, I did a lot of crazy things. I partied, I was spending money I shouldn’t have spent . . . because I don’t have that dominant voice to tell me I’m trippin.”
He apparently would have benefited from having “that dominant voice” tell him not to do the reality show.
Then again, the time spent doing the reality show has kept him from getting in other types of trouble. So perhaps any negatives that flow from the show come with the positive of avoiding bigger negatives, at least while the cameras are rolling.