DeSean Jackson said during an interview with NFL Network's Michael Irvin that he couldn't recall Andy Reid ever benching a player for missing a meeting as the Eagles coach did last week when the receiver was late for special teams meeting on Saturday.
Jackson was inactive and watched Sunday's loss to the Cardinals from home.
Here is an excerpt of Jackson's interview, aired Tuesday night. The full Q&A will be shown on NFL GameDay Sunday morning at 9 a.m.
Irvin: “You missed the 8:30 special teams meeting. You got there 20 minutes, or thereabouts, late.”
Jackson: “8:53, made it to the 9:00 meeting. Like I said, as a man, I was late.”
Irvin: “There is speculation and things have been reported that the decision not to play you was because of other things that have been happening. What are your thoughts on that?”
Jackson: “I don’t think so. Being late to a meeting is unacceptable, of course. I understand that, but I’ve never been a problem, never been a distraction. I just come to work and do my thing.”
Irvin: “You wanted to play?”
Jackson: “Of course. I want to play every game.”
Irvin: “You missed the special teams meeting, but you got there for a team meeting. You were 20 minutes late, 25 minutes late [to the special teams meeting]. Is this protocol to not let the guy play at all?”
Jackson: “Honestly, I’ve never seen coach [Andy] Reid do anything like that. I’ve never seen him bench anybody for missing a meeting.”