DeSean Jackson denies gang ties following NJ.com report

By Kyle Johnson,

DeSean Jackson denied he has any gang ties following a report on NJ.com that was released on the same day that the Philadelphia Eagles announced the team released the speedy wide receiver.

As previously reported, the Eagles announced they had parted ways with Jackson following "careful consideration."

His release came as a surprise since he is only two years into a five-year deal he signed with the Eagles, despite being shopped over the past few weeks. The receiver also had good numbers with 82 catches, 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns.

Some wonder if the timing of the release isn't coincidental with the published report made by NJ.com that alleged that Jackson has ties to street gang members out in Los Angeles. Over the past four years, the gang members have been connected to two murders.

The report claims he was associated with Theron Shakir who was one of two men arrested for fatally shooting a teen after he flashed gang signs in 2010. A spokesman for the LA District Attorney's office told the website that the wide receiver was not involved in any way with the murder. Shakir was also later acquitted of the charges.

Jackson has faced questions about his off-field actions his whole career, such as having poor work ethics, but until the NJ.com report, it wasn't suggested that he possibly had ties with a gang.

According to USA Today, Jackson released a statement denying the report saying he isn't and "never have been part of any gang." He noted that such baseless speculation "is reckless and irresponsible."

Jackson continued, "I work very hard on and off the field and I am a good person with good values. ... I have worked tirelessly to give back to my community and have a positive impact on those in need."

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