When DeSean Jackson was surprisingly cut by the Philadelphia Eagles last week, it coincided almost exactly with a report that linked Jackson to gangs on the west coast. While this has been the subject of a lot of debate in recent days, it’s the one thing that we seem to all be hung up on when it’s not the most dangerous aspect of Jackson’s well-being.
Many are pointing to the gang ties that likely don’t even exist, but other are pointing out that red flags should be raised not for what we’ve heard about Jackson but from what we’ve already seen. Brian Dawkins spoke about Jackson on Philadelphia sports radio and noted that it’s Jackson’s past on-field antics and his character that needs to be watched, not gang ties that may not even exist.
“We’re held up on this gang affiliation thing; it’s not just that. It’s being a professional. It’s being able to be counted on to be with your team, do what your supposed to do, not skating around the corner, not cut corners, not doing some of the things that he’s allegedly been doing while in Philadelphia.”
The Redskins took a risk in signing Jackson but his on-field notoriety is what has been holding him back. There’s time to correct that and once Jackson drops his antics and starts flat out playing his best, this gang connection will be a thing of the past.