When the Philadelphia Eagles cut DeSean Jackson earlier this month, it came almost at the exact same time that a report was released connecting Jackson to west coast gang members. While the Eagles didn’t comment on the gang connections directly, the release of both Jackson and the report at the same time is not being interpreted as a mere coincidence by the NFLPA.
It’s for this reason that the NFLPA is taking a look to see if there was any sort of malicious intent behind the report or if the Eagles were involved in anyway with a smear campaign against Jackson and his reputation.
NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith spoke on Mike and Mike in The Morning and said that the union will be looking into the treatment of Jackson’s reputation.
“We’ve been in touch with DeSean, and first and foremost he is a tremendous football player and great young man,” Smith said onMike & Mike. “On the issue of how he was released, whether or not there were comments or leaks from the team, misinformation to the media coming from the team, that’s something that we’re going to look at. We’ve always been aggressive about protecting the integrity of our players.”
If there was any wrong doing, the NFL will come down hard on the Eagles. For fans, there seems to be a quest to find a reason to hate Chip Kelly and after his offense worked and revived the Eagles in 2013, there wasn’t a reason for fans to not like him.
However, if the Eagles smeared Jackson’s name, the reason to hate Kelly and the Eagles will have been restored for those searching for a reason to do so — and maybe even for some who weren’t.