The Philadelphia Eagles have cut Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson, only minutes after the publication of a newspaper report that linked Jackson to alleged Los Angeles gang members, some of whom have been involved in murder investigations.
The decision to cut Jackson wasn't completely unexpected, among football watchers, as the Eagles have been trying to trade the 27-year-old star since last week. However, the timing of the roster move and the NJ.com story by authors Eliot Shorr-Parks and A.J. Perez has surely raised eyebrows.
According to the report, the Eagles have become concerned by Jackson's friendships with some reputed members of the L.A.'s Crips gang. In 2010, an associate of Jackson's who worked for his "Jaccpot" rap label was arrested for a gang-related murder. To be clear, Jackson wasn't a suspect or witness to the crime and was not at all involved in the investigation, though police confirmed they did speak with him over the phone. And the associate was later acquitted of the murder charge. However, the friendship appeared to be cause for concern in the Eagles' front office.
In 2012, another gang-related murder occurred near an L.A. building that a member of Jackson's family owned or leased, LAPD detective Eric Crosson told NJ.com. A search of the place turned up some of Jackson's old receipts and gun permits. He was never considered a suspect in that case, either.