Could Eagles’ DeSean Jackson Throwing Up Gang Signs Signal Times Up?
BY: John “Hennry” Harris
The Philadelphia Eagles have been busy this offseason as it prepares to take the organization in a new direction without long-time coach Andy Reid, who miraculously turned around the Kansas City Chiefs last year, and without quarterback Michael Vick. Eagles’ wide receiver Riley Cooper played himself into a new 5-year contract and fellow wideout Jeremy Maclin signed a one-year deal. The Eagles have also released receiver Jason Avant in an offseason where the Eagles must improve on the offensive side of the football. Just last week, one name that was hot for being put on the chopping block was wide receiver DeSean Jackson who was rumored to be “one false step away” from being cut.
Surely not helping the cause of job security, Jackson was hanging out after a show with Compton rapper Nipsey Hussle after a show in Philadelphia recently and was photographed throwing up a gang sign representing the Rolling 40s Crips. Nipsey Hussle is member of the Rolling 60s Crips.
Now this is not the first time that Jackson has been caught throwing up the sign in public. According to TMZ, this past football season, Jackson threw up his “set” during a game against the Washington Redskins to an opposing player. I have the picture in the article, the hand sign he is throwing in the game is not the same as the sign he is throwing in the picture with Nipsey Hussle. But its all about perception in this world, especially as a Black man.
Could this be the “one false move” needed to get DeSean Jackson out of Philadelphia and quite possibly out of the league?
For many who are not initiated in gang culture, and many that have been, Jackson’s attitude toward his “job” and bringing that culture to “work” is a big problem. Especially when your performance on the field already has the Eagles’ front office ready to ship him off.
DeSean Jackson has dreams of being a rapper as well and has recorded several songs and even shot videos with the likes of Snoop Dogg (another fellow Crip).
I am not suggesting that Jackson turns his back and forgets where he comes from but he has to learn how to do a better job of separating his “peas from his carrots”.
Let’s hope DeSean does not “drop the ball” on this one.