Re: DeSean Jackson interview with Stephen A. Smith
posted at 4/5/2014 11:19 AM EDT
In response to TexasPat's comment:
Where Jackson grew up is not the point. The media is trying their best to make a racial issue out of what was merely a good personnel decision, which was in the best interests of the Philadelphia Eagles.
First came the attempt to compare this to how the Eagles reacted to the Riley Cooper matter. Now comes the attempt to change the premise of the discussion...attempting to sell to the public that DeSean got cut because he merely refused to turn his back on his homies, some of whom are gang members...and that, in reality, DeSean is a just a nice guy, trying to help his childhood friends out of poverty and the gang life.
Don't believe me? What was the question that the racially neutral (LOL!!) and wise Stephen A. posed to DeSean? "Are you a gang member?"
No one has accused Jackson of being a gang member. He was accused of gang association. On the NFL channel, this matter was also discussed. Yet, there was no mention of the photos of the wonderful DeSean chucking gang signs...or the fact that he had done it on the field...which is a show of solidarity and support for the activities of a vicious criminal street gang...the Crips.
Before you start comparing those raised in Comptom vs. those raised in the much less violent confines of Greenwich...why don't you look up the Crips, and check out the kind of activities that they are involved in? Try murder, prostitution, loan sharking, burglary, gun running, car theft, and the drug trade. No sir...the Crips are not the Boy Scouts.
I don't care where a guy is from, and/or who he grew up with...but the type of activities that the Crips are involved in needs to be condemned in every way, shape, and form...not proudly supported!
Jackson would be late for team meetings, and was disrespecting his coach in other ways...such as not bothering to return his phone calls. How long do you think that BB would put up with that from any of his players, Tom Brady included?
So please, understand that the media, which is constantly looking for events depicting racism, is trying to spin this situation. Jackson got gone primarily because he was overpaid, was a diva, and was disrespecting his coach. The fact that he "associated" with gang members and, in essence, showed his proud support for their vile criminal activities, in the light of the AH matter, probably became more of a concern as well. But, make no mistake...it was merely the icing on the cake.
I really don't disagree with any of this. As I said, Jackson is a diva and the salary/cap hit/personality quirks are not worth the production. As a football decision, it's fine. I'm sure they'd have preferred he went to an AFC team, but that's another matter.
My issue is with the media/fan idea that he's a bad guy based on basically nothing. He knew some people, he may have flashed a gang sign, so (as joe pointed out) did Paul Pierce, and some other irrelevant nonsense.
The Crips/Bloods stuff? Yeah, they're bad dudes, scumbags, etc. If Jackson was part of that, he should be condemned, suspended, jailed, whatever. But absent a whole lot more evidence, he's not involved in that stuff at all. No more than the banker in Greenwich who went to the country club with Madoff was involved in stealing people's retirement funds. It's the same thing, guilt by association.