He has a new team, but his departure from his old one didn't go as planned.
Now, newly signed Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson is telling his side of the story. His old team, the Philadelphia Eagles, released the talented playmaker following an NJ.com report that alleged Jackson had connections to California gangs.
In an interview with Stephen A. Smith on SportsCenter, Jackson addressed the reports and his departure from Philadelphia. He was asked about possible affiliations to gangs.
"Do I know friends that are out there, involved? Yes. I try to, you know, stay away from it. I don't try to intervene and do anything with any negative activity. I'm definitely aware and know certain gang members, but as far as me being affiliated or me being a gang member? Never have I once been. Never had any affiliation of going out and doing things that are against the law. I always felt I'm a product of my environment, but at the same time I'm the guy who wants to go out there and do things the right way."
After the NJ.com report was published, the Los Angeles Police Department later said that Jackson did not have ties to gangs.
"I actually got a chance to hear about it before it came out," Jackson said about the report. "Got a call before it came out. My agent called. How I feel about NJ.com?It was, from my point of view, very disrespectful. "I don't think it was right, straight up. The allegations, the things that were said in the article, were things from a long time ago that the club, the organization knew about."
According to NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith, the union will look into Jackson's release from Philadelphia. Jackson said he had a "one-direction" conversation with Eagles coach Chip Kelly, in which he told the wideout the team would be letting him go.
"I was definitely hurt," Jackson said. "It was a humbling experience, at the same time, but it hurt, especially coming off of the best year of my career."
With his new opportunity in Washington, Jackson said he is "very stoked."