It’s not personal…its business. Yeah right! Forget that mumbo jumbo talk about making a football decision. The Philadelphia Eagles unreasonable decision to cut their three-time Pro Bowler DeSean Jackson was premeditated propaganda that only preludes racism within the walls of the Eagles organization.
There is no doubt that the Eagles decision to release Jackson was controversial. At first, the media originally stated that the Eagles decision to release their star wide receiver was due to ‘alleged’ gang affiliation and off-the-field activities. While some may agree with that notion but I believe the decision evokes a different message that racism is still prevalent.
In comparison to Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper, who is white, his off-the-field behavior involving excessive use of racial slurs challenges any justifiable reason behind the Eagles’ controversial decision. A video surfaced on the web some time ago showing Cooper uttering a racial slur at a Kenny Chesney concert in Philadelphia. In the video, Cooper stated “I will jump that fence and fight every n—-r in here, bro,” after being confronted by an African-American security guard. Though Cooper issued an apology but Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie was saddened by the incident, “We are shocked and appalled by Riley Cooper’s words,” Lurie said in a statement. “This sort of behavior or attitude from anyone has no role in a civil society. He has accepted responsibility for his words and his actions. He has been fined for this incident.” Okay, that’s good and all but Cooper remained on the team and Jackson got cut because of alleged gang ties. No, wait! Now the Eagles are saying the release of Jackson was a football decision.
According to Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, “It has nothing to do with anything that was ever written in a newspaper article or any off-field behavior with him,” Kelly told CSNPhilly.com on Monday. When confronted by the media the Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman mentioned, “Everything we do is in the best interests of our organization going forward and our football team” and “We made a football decision that we thought was in the best interests of the organization going forward,” said Roseman. The recent statements that were made by Roseman about making a football decision were nonsense. The decision to release Jackson was a stupid and indefensible football decision and not a smart one. If Jackson was released for football reasons, then over 90 percent of the players in the league could be cut today. To say that Jackson was released for football reasons only exemplifies a racial undertone that lurks within the Eagles front office.
Jackson was not released for football reasons because last season he led the Eagles with 82 receptions for 1,332 yards (second most in franchise history) and nine touchdowns. In 2009, he became the first player in NFL history to be selected to the Pro Bowl earning two different positions, kick return and a wide receiver. Though one could only assume Jackson’s bad boy image of tattoos, upbringings in central Los Angeles and friends he associates with like the rapper The Game led to Eagles so-called judgment. However, this young 27-year-old has no criminal record, graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, founded the DeSean Jackson Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer – after losing his father to pancreatic cancer and promotes anti-bullying campaigns for young children.
The ugly truth behind the Eagles decision is no doubt the work of a narrow-minded organization wanting to prove a point. That a white person like Cooper can disrespect a league full of African Americans and still be allowed to play. Nevertheless, Jackson moved on and recently signed with the Washington Redskins as a free agent wide receiver.