Eagles Release DeSean Jackson, Reportedly Concerned About Gang Ties

Rucuss staffMarch 28, 2014

DeSean Jackson is no longer a member of the Philadelphia Eagles football team.

The Eagles released Jackson on Friday. Less than an hour before the wide receiver was released, a report surfaced detailing how the Eagles had grown concerned over his alleged involvement with gangs.

Jackson has had a history of throwing gang signs during games and in photos. The 27-year old flashed an alleged gang sign at DeAngelo Hall last year. Jackson also flashed the same sign in a photo on Instagram.

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To be fair, Jackson has never gotten himself into any real trouble with the law, and he denies gang affiliation.

“First I would like to thank the Eagles organization, the Eagles fans and the city of Philadelphia for my time in Philly,” Jackson said, via ESPN’s Adam Schefter. “I would also like to thank coach Andy Reed for bringing me in.

“Secondly, I would like to address the misleading and unfounded reports that my release has anything to do with any affiliation that has been speculated surrounding the company I keep off of the field. I would like to make it very clear that I am not and never have been part of any gang. I am not a gang member and to speculate and assume that I am involved in such activity off the field is reckless and irresponsible.

“I work very hard on and off the field and I am a good person with good values. I am proud of the accomplishments that I have made both on and off the field. I have worked tirelessly to give back to my community and have a positive impact on those in need. It is unfortunate that I now have to defend myself and my intentions. These reports are irresponsible and just not true. I look forward to working hard for my new team. God Bless.”

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But his clean arrest record hasn’t stopped speculation about being affiliated with gangs. On Friday, Eliot Shorr-Parks and AJ Perez published an article on NJ.com detailing how the Eagles have grown concerned over Jackson’s alleged link to the Crips gang in Los Angeles.

Back in December 2010, a 14-year-old boy was shot and killed after he flashed a rival gang sign at two men while riding his bike through South Los Angeles. The LA District Attorney’s office said Jackson was “not part of the case,” but he is associated with one of the two men who were charged with the murder.

Theron Shakir, who is believed to be a member of the Crips, is also a rapper known as “T-Ron.” He has recorded tracks on Jackson’s Jaccpot Records music label. Jackson and Shakir have appeared in photos together on social media.

LAPD Detective Eric Crosson said police believe the spelling of “Jaccpot” could be symbolic. Putting the letters “c” and “k” next to each other can stand for “Crip Killer” in gang speak. Jackson allegedly told Crosson that he only spelled it that way because the domain name for “Jackpot” was already taken.

Crosson said there is no hard evidence that Jackson is a member of a gang. But he has been interviewed by police as someone they believe was connected to suspects in some way.

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