DeSean Jackson’s show may not be helping his reality


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, 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.

28 responses to “DeSean Jackson’s show may not be helping his reality

  1. It sounds like this young man is having trouble dealing with the loss of his father and used his reality show as a platform to cry out of help. If the Washington locker room has any leaders that can take him under their wing, they’d probably be doing him a giant favor.

  2. I loved Jackson when he was in Philly but he really seems like one of those athletes destined to be on “Broke Part 2” on 30 for 30. In the end spending 5k or 25k in a night isn’t a huge chunk out of how much he makes but it certainly adds up quickly. Jackson doesn’t want to be the next AI, and AI made way more over his career than DJax will.

  3. What a monster. Television. Paying bills. Looking forward to being able to ply his profession again. Can’t wait for the next article in the series where we find out Desean prefers dogs to cats.

  4. His show is basically validation to why Chip moved on. He’s still immature and thinks the world revolves around him. He’s a liability waiting to happen off the field, and in the locker room he did things his way only. I lost my father four years ago and it really affected me but I would never use that as an excuse for not doing what I’m supposed to be doing. Your parents raise you into a man, it’s your sole responsibility from that point on to do the right thing.

  5. I like how he yells at cops driving by.. “Haters! Bye. .. Bye!” What a great role model

  6. He is a grown man for Gods sake time to step up and act like an adult. Not buying the b.s. about his fathers passing or that people are out to get him. Why don’t you take what you learned from your father and do the things he instilled in you in his memory instead of making excuses? I hope he doesn’t have any children of his own at this point until he at least matures a little.

  7. Anytime you let someone in on your private life, it’s going to look bad. He looks like a not-so-intelligent individual. That being said, I think the vast majority of us here would look like morons as well.

    Someone should have convinced him this was a terrible idea.

  8. It is sad about his father dying.

    But he’s gotta get it together.

    He should realize that he’s got a reality show because the people with their hands on the controls of the network know that the odds are pretty good that he’s a trainwreck and that people love to rubberneck.

    That should be enough to straighten him out.

    Sadly, it probably won’t be.

  9. As a Redskins fan I still admired his work with the Philadelphia team. Nationally it feels like he has fallen off the radar since he got here.

  10. The guy is an idiot, point blank. I wish he’d block a damn cornerback! If he did, Morris’ runs would go for 10 yards + instead of 3 to 5.

  11. He should tell his wife what he really spent that money on. I’m sure she would straighten him out.

  12. He’s still one of the most feared wrs in the game. Jackson killed the Eagles & Cowboys last year in his first year in DC. He sucked vs the Giants though.

    Phil: 9 rec, 243 yds, 1 td but he nearly had 2 more
    Dal: 8 rec, 222 yds, 1 td and nearly had 1 more

  13. I follow Jackson on instagram and by and large he does put in the work in the off-season, his problem are his buddies aka Jacpot records that he is bankrolling. Dude let me be clear, your group sucks, you are just throwing good money after bad. And i dont watch the show, i cant remember the last time i watched bet.

  14. So what trouble has Desean gotten into off the field? He’s never been arrested, battered women, failed a drug test, or played with fireworks. I don’t see why anyone would worry about him getting into problems off the field. So what if he spent $5,000 at a club with his friends on alcohol. He has the money and can spend it how he pleases. Just because the NFL has some idiots who can’t seem to stay out of trouble doesn’t mean EVERYONE is going to get caught up in something.


  15. Phil: 9 rec, 243 yds, 1 td but he nearly had 2 more
    Dal: 8 rec, 222 yds, 1 td and nearly had 1 more

    When did nearly had td’s become a stat?

  16. Phil: 9 rec, 243 yds, 1 td but he nearly had 2 more
    Dal: 8 rec, 222 yds, 1 td and nearly had 1 more

    He had six games over 100 yards. Washington won two. I’m guessing there’s a lot of comeback yards against prevent.

  17. Can’t believe he’s still upright and together. 5’9″ 170 lbs. tough dude.

  18. abninf says:
    Jul 9, 2015 2:26 PM

    I would watch it but it’s on a channel who doesn’t want my kind.
    What kind are you? TV Networks are about ratings and viewership.

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