With the Eagles releasing receiver DeSean Jackson in what has been a surprising move, there has been speculation about how much of a role this NJ.com report has played, particularly with its news that Jackson's reported ties to a Los Angeles gang had troubled the organization, Josh Katzowitz of CBS Sports reports.
But in a statement released Friday afternoon, Jackson denied he is in or has ever been part of a gang.
Here's his full statement, via ESPN.com:
First I would like to thank the Eagles organization, the Eagles fans and the city of Philadelphia for my time in Philly. I would also like to thank coach Andy Reed (sic) for bringing me in. Secondly, I would like to address the misleading and unfounded reports that my release has anything to do with any affiliation that has been speculated surrounding the company I keep off of the field. I would like to make it very clear that I am not and never have been part of any gang. I am not a gang member and to speculate and assume that I am involved in such activity off the field is reckless and irresponsible. I work very hard on and off the field and I am a good person with good values. I am proud of the accomplishments that I have made both on and off the field. I have worked tirelessly to give back to my community and have a positive impact on those in need. It is unfortunate that I now have to defend myself and my intentions. These reports are irresponsible and just not true. I look forward to working hard for my new team. God Bless."
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