In the wake of being cut by the Philadelphia Eagles, newly signed Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson was accused of having gang affiliations, and flashing gang signs while playing. Rumors also surfaced of him having a poor work ethic and clashing with Eagles coaches during his time in Philly.
But Jackson responded to those accusations in an ESPN interview with Stephen A. Smith, by stating that he is not affiliated with a gang, and that he was not given an explanation by Eagles head coach Chip Kelly when Jackson was told he was being cut over the phone.
Whatever the reason may be, gang ties,his work ethic, or that the Eagles no longer wanted to pay him a huge salary, it’s clear that Many of his critics believe the rumors and accusations are true, and have questioned the judgement of the Washington Redskins for signing Jackson.
But regardless of what’s been said, and how often he denies it, the bottom line is that his actions will now do the talking for DeSean Jackson. And those actions will be monitored with an intense degree of scrutiny by fans and the media moving forward.
Knowing how things tend to get leaked from the Redskins organization, it won’t be long before “reports” begin to emerge describing how Jackson is conducting himself in team meetings and in practice. And his off the field action will be monitored as well from people looking to catch Jackson in situations with the wriong people.
Justified ir not, that’s how it’s going to be. The question is how will DeSean Jackson respond through his actions? He alluded to it himself, he’s now entering his 7th season in the NFL. He’s not some wide-eyed rookie any more, he’s an experienced veteran who’s getting paid an awful lot of money.
And Jackson won’t just be expected to earn that money on the field, but off of it as well. No many people have a second chacne to recover from the fall that Jackson took by being cut by the Eagles. They didn’t think he was worth the trouble any longer, so they got rid of him thinking that he’s now somebody else’s problem.
But will these humbling experiences sink in as a lesson for DeSean Jackson? Eventually the truth will be revealed. Because moving forward it won’t matter what he says, because actions speak louder than words. And DeSean Jackson’s action will either prove the critics right, or wrong.