As if the clipped and staccato statement from the Philadelphia Eagles on the release of wide receiver DeSean Jackson wasn’t enough to keep people wondering, the organization’s legal team has apparently issued a gag order on any information regarding the unexpected release.
This is all the Eagles have had to say on the situation so far:
After careful consideration this offseason, Eagles decide to part ways with DeSean Jackson. The team informed him of his release today.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) March 28, 2014
ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio reported on SportsCenter that lawyers for the team have asked the team not to make any statements or release any details about Jackson’s release and the details surrounding the time leading up to today’s announcement.
The Eagles would have to be very careful about what was said anyway, as allegations of Jackson being involved with or tied to an L.A. gang are very volatile right now, and could blow up in the team’s face if the wrong thing is said or printed.
Given the gravity of the situation, it may be some time before the public has any details, and that will only fuel the speculation and wild theories.
Jackson, for his part, has vehemently denied any affiliation with gangs, and has already allegedly been contacted by a number of NFL teams regarding his services. It would be easy to understand why teams would shy away from even a whiff of gang-related activity given the Aaron Hernandez situation.