Eagles: DeSean Jackson’s messages were “offensive, harmful, and absolutely appalling”

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The Eagles have issued an initial statement regarding the anti-Semitic social-media posts made recently by receiver DeSean Jackson.

“We have spoken with DeSean Jackson about his social media posts,” the statement explains. “Regardless of his intentions, the messages he shared were offensive, harmful, and absolutely appalling. They have no place in our society, and are not condoned or supported in any way by the organization. We are disappointed and we reiterated to DeSean the importance of not only apologizing but also using his platform to take action to promote unity, equality, and respect.

“We are continuing to evaluate the circumstances and will take appropriate action. We take these matters very seriously and are committed to continuing to have productive and meaningful conversation with DeSean, as well as all of our players and staff, in order to educate, learn, and grow.”

It’s unclear what action the Eagles will take. All too often, football teams find excuses for stars and make examples of scrubs. Jackson isn’t fully in either category.

Previously, the Eagles found a way to keep receiver Riley Cooper after video surfaced of him using a racial slur at a Kenny Chesney concert. Cooper likely wasn’t clearly a star or a scrub, at the time.

The simple reality, and the one that could save Jackson in Philadelphia, is that if he gets cut, someone else will give Jackson his chance at redemption. Possibly someone else in the NFC East. Those factors are always considered when a team decides what to do in situations like this.

42 responses to “Eagles: DeSean Jackson’s messages were “offensive, harmful, and absolutely appalling”

  1. However, Riley Cooper’s racist tirade is totally ok. That’s why we didn’t cut him and actually gave him a nice little contract.

  2. Disciplined yes. Cut.no. I don’t believe his motives were bad, he just exercised poor judgement in my opinion. I believe he deserves a chance to clean up this mess and move forward, hopefully learning from the experience.

  3. Is DeSean Jackson still worthy of “star” treatment? He played in two games last year…oh, and the Eagles used their 1st round pick on another WR.

    I’m sure Howie Roseman is aware of both of the above and is currently looking for the best ham sandwich that another team will give them for DeSean.

  4. SMH

    Jackson has gone off the deep end.

    Time to cut Jackson. He had one good game over the last 2 years

  5. Once more one group has no accountability as they say as the want and is written fired will be picked up by another team to redeem himself. Seems the word equality falls on death ears in the NFL world. Not a word form any of these players wanting some to do more and crying foul against an owner giving millions. I guess it is hard to use the word this offends me in Jackson case

  6. Drew Brees was destroyed by everyone because he had a different opinion

    This guy puts out racist messages and he’s just asked to apologize

  7. The racist should be thrown out of the league, if the NFL and its players are truly against racism, But, the NFL has no backbone to do this and the players are usually only about their own self gain. Jenkins and Sherman should be calling for the immediate removal of Jackson from the league.

  8. Shannon Sharpe to Drew Brees “he should just retire “ Shannon should Djax just retire ?

  9. While both are wrong it seems to me to be apples to oranges when comparing Jackson to Cooper. A drunk idiot gets caught using a slur versus a person intentionally posting racist messages on social media. One accidentally outed himself while the other made a statement he felt needed to be shared.

  10. Watch this. If the Eagles fire him they’ll be RACISTS!
    Even though what he is said wildly offensive and the apology was limp. He tried to blame folks for not understanding him. Yeah, OK Desean.

  11. Waiting for the talking heads to hold DJ to the same standard they held Drew Brees to. It won’t happen.

  12. harrytootsie says:
    July 7, 2020 at 12:34 pm
    Shannon Sharpe to Drew Brees “he should just retire “ Shannon should Djax just retire ?

    Shannon Sharpe is going to say absolutely nothing on this subject. Malcolm Jenkins will also say absolutely nothing on this subject. The hypocrisy & phoniness is absolutely astounding.

  13. If a white player said something similar about blacks, he would be gone in seconds. Though it sounds like Jackson is closer to idiotic than malicious, if we are going to be consistent, he must be gone.

  14. Racism will never end if we continue this double standard. Again; I’m African American and am disgusted by the lack of admonishment from black players and the media!

    I hope the league and the Eagles do something, the least should be multiple-game suspensions up to cutting him and taking back any bonuses for detrimental conduct!

    What an ass! When he was in D.C. there was always something with this guy; shooting his mouth off about one thing or the other when he’s a one-dimensional player who’s a liability in the running game, but he gets paid a premium because he’s fast and tracts the ball well. But almost never plays a full-season.

    Seems like a charmed life to me! What does he have to be so angry and racist about?!

  15. The deafening sound of crickets that you hear is coming from the cancel culture crowd. They only waste their words on certain people/events.

  16. Guess some people are starting to figure out that they are “pawns”;
    and the “pawns” are getting tired of being “pawns”. Every wonder who funds
    all the chaos In the streets caused by certain “organizations” over the last few months?
    Multi-level Chess Game.

  17. Needs to be cut ASAP. Eagles’ management’s words without action ring hollow….or so we have been led to believe in the past month.

  18. Canceled!
    Good thing you don’t work for a University, you’d be fired by now.

  19. Eagles: “sorry miss Jackson, we are fo real..never meant to make yo mama cry, you should apologize a million times”

  20. nunya says:
    July 7, 2020 at 2:13 pm
    Waiting for the talking heads to hold DJ to the same standard they held Drew Brees to. It won’t happen.
    Too bad there is such a double standard….. Any Lebron James tweets telling DJax he doesn’t get it?

  21. harrytootsie says:
    July 7, 2020 at 12:34 pm
    Shannon Sharpe to Drew Brees “he should just retire “ Shannon should Djax just retire ?
    Since when does anyone care what Mr Ed says?

  22. After not attending a single class in college he was just trying to show off that he had read something. Unfortunately it was Mein Kampf!

  23. I’m waiting for this “woke, angry mob” who thinks they are the majority. Shame this man into damnation!

  24. I’m so disappointed in the double standard in America today. Some people can say something not even controversial and be publicly crucified (Brees). While others can say something like this, which is totally hateful and offensive to a very particular group of people and will get off with a lame apology (DJax). Let’s think about that….

  25. DeSean just undid a lot of goodwill that had built up over the last few weeks regarding racism. Well done Einstein.

  26. racism knows no color… and as long as groups (media) label everyone by race color or creed it won’t go away. We have to realize that we’re ALL Americans…

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