Jackson released as questions reportedly asked of his character.
Former NFL running back Derrick Ward has slammed the coverage provided by ESPN and NFL regarding DeSean Jackson after he was released by the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday.
Reports emerged that questions about Jackson’s character were being asked as an article on NJ.com suggested that the Eagles were concerned with the star’s alleged relationships with gangs.
While ESPN’s Adam Schefter did post a statement on Facebook from Jackson insisting that the rumours were untrue, other members of the broadcasting team faced the fire of Ward who was incensed by the lack of knowledge of the situation.
Ward was insistent in making his point that Jackson had never been arrested or suspended for any wrong-doing throughout his career thus far, and that claims he was associated with gangs are unjustified with a clear lack of evidence.
Nevertheless, Ward was clearly of the opinion that Jackson will have no issue in finding a new team moving forward, and hopes that he comes back to haunt the Eagles after their decision.
The move comes just two years after the playmaker signed a five-year extension, and reports continued to suggest that the franchise was uncomfortable due mostly to his “work ethic and attitude”.
Jackson excelled in Chip Kelly’s fast-paced offense last season, setting career highs in receptions (82) and yards (1,332) while also putting up nine touchdowns.
His 6,177 receiving yards are the second-most in franchise history, but the Eagles have made their choice which has led to some criticism of those reporting the matter via Ward.