The Eagles still have not offered anything more than the short, concise statement that they decided to release DeSean Jackson. When they do eventually talk, it is unlikely that they will share the dirty details of what went on behind the scenes with Jackson.
However, details of Jackson's behavior have begun to emerge, via Joseph Santoliquito of CBS. From Santoliquito's report:
But what a number of sources close to and around the team, including current and former players, as well as additional sources within the Eagles revealed was that Jackson was not very well liked by his teammates, was blatantly insubordinate, with temper tantrums cussing out Kelly several times in front of the team, pushed the NFL rookie coach the way “a child would test boundaries,” and was more concerned with his rap label than he was about winning football games.
Jackson was never suspended, and there was no known discipline of Jackson since Chip Kelly took over. At one time during the 2013 offseason, Jackson was was taking reps with the 3rd string offense, but that was never positioned by the Eagles as a disciplinary act.
The CBS report is loaded with anonymous quotes from former and current Eagles players, such as this one:
“Yes, you can say he was the type that could catch three TDs in a loss—everyone would be down, but you had the impression he was happy, because he got his. It was all about him. A lot of guys thought that way about him. [Kelly] came in here with a plan to get this thing right, and the one major [obstacle] standing in his way was [Jackson]. If we were going to move forward as a team, he had to go. Think about it—did anyone come right out and back him publicly? Not one.”
CBS' report comes on the same day that the NFL Player's Association stated on Mike & Mike that they were investigating the Eagles on whether they purposely leaked information to NJ.com about gang ties.
“We’ve been in touch with DeSean, and first and foremost he is a tremendous football player and great young man,” Smith said on Mike & 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.”
Jackson is scheduled to speak with Stephen A. Smith on ESPN tonight at 6pm. It will be his first public interview since he was released.
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