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DeSean Jackson

Released from Eagles, But

Strongly Denies Gang Connections

3/28/2014 12:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The Eagles' decision to drop star receiver DeSean Jackson might be connected to a photo TMZ Sports posted of the receiver throwing a gang sign -- but Jackson is now adamantly denying any gang affiliation.

Releasing Jackson seems odd because he had a career season last year -- but a recent NJ.com report said the Eagles were concerned he might have ties an LA. gang known as the Rollin' 40s crips.

Those concerns had to heightened by the pic we posted last month of DeSean posing in Philadelphia with rapper Nipsey Hussle -- who is a Crip -- and throwing up a Crip gang sign.

Almost immediately after he was cut today ... DeSean released a statement saying, "I am not and never have been part of any gang."

He added, "I am not a gang member and to speculate and assume that I am involved in such activity is reckless and irresponsible."

Question now is ... will front office execs at other NFL team believe DeSean's words or their own eyes?

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27 COMMENTS

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1.

BLUE UGLY 💩    

liar

177 days ago
2.

Go Hard    

Get your Fax right tmz. Nippsey not throwing up ****. Y'all always part of the Bull ****. Get **** right before you Ruin someone's life

177 days ago
3.

Macc 6400    

TMZ, y'all kinda started this when y'all originally put this photo up, with the caption that he is in the gang -- didn't even put "allegedly." It's not really cool putting out info like this when it can be damaging to someone's career and you don't even know if it's 100% true or not.

177 days ago
4.

jay    

OMG!!! TMZ YOU ARE THE REASON WHY DESEAN JACKSON IS GETTING CUT!! YOU GUYS ARE ALWAYS IN POEPLE BUSINESS, YOU SHARE PERSONAL BUSINESS THAT US RANDOM PEOPLE DOES NOT NEED TO KNOW REALLY!! POSTING PICTURES ALWAYS WITHOUT THESE PEOPLE CONSENT AND NOW ALL BECUASE YOU GUYS WAS OUT LURKING LIKE ALWAYS SNOOPING THROUGH PEOPLES PERSONAL LIVES, THIS MAN HAS COULD A $10 MILLION CONTRACT. IF YOU GUYS NEVER POSTED THIS PICTURE EAGLES EXECUTIVES WOULD NOT HAVE KNOWN ABOU THIS PICTURE!! YOU GUYS LOVE ENDING PEOPLES LIVES AND CAREERS!!!

177 days ago
5.

Vote2012    

He is a thug NFL overpaid player, the Eagles were smart to boot him out, the guy was trouble on and off the field.

177 days ago
6.

J Lizzle    

Really??? I mean REALLY? I know Nipsey personally and this is one good hardworking dude. So a guy throws up a peace sign, another throws up the west coast W and now he's a gang member? The dudes obviously a fan... let him ride.. Totally irresponsible reporting and assumptions. TMC

177 days ago
7.

Jordan    

Did you think he was going to admit he has gang ties? He is trying to land on an NFL Team.

177 days ago
8.

AQUAMAN    

He is throwing up a peace sign!! Geez not a big deal even if he was in a gang,gangs are helping USA military's for decade's.

177 days ago
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AQUAMAN    

He is only throwing up a peace sign geez!! and even if he is in a gang no big deal California gang's have been helping out our different US military's for decades.

177 days ago
10.

UNLEVINED HARVEY    

the raiders havent snatched him up yet?

177 days ago
11.

RN    

These are problems Philly does not want. No urban NFL team can afford the PR nightmare of someone friends with murderers and gang members who are invited into the home of players and who mingle at events.

Jackson just could not accept that once he made the grade he had to leave the streets and the thugs behind.

177 days ago
12.

RN    

DSJ was besties with a gang banger who was tried for shooting a kid, and exonerated, but everyone in Philly knows how that works. Not one human being or their dog thought this thug was innocent of shooting this kid. He just walked, and Jackson rubbed it in everyone's face.

Rub it in Philly's face now thuglover. Feel that love? That's Philly love. Boot in your no-good butt.

177 days ago
13.

Boywonder    

His release might seem odd to TMZ - but trust me - they have very sound reasons. These Multi billion dollar corporations don't just go cutting performers on a whim. What they also don't do it advertise their reasons. He had trouble written all over him. The don't need any more Ray Lewis or Hernendez type crap. Too many players too chose from. Besides - it ain't the NBA - yet.

175 days ago
14.

grec530    

Damn Freeway in this pic and he doesn't even get recognized. Dude fell off.

175 days ago
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grec530    

Damn Freeway in this pic and doesn't even get recognized. Dude fell off.

175 days ago
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