DeSean Jackson was released last week and it came as a bit of a shock to everyone. After all it's not often a team lets its pro-bowl number one receiver leave for nothing.
The Philadelphia Eagles cut their star wideout at roughly the same time that a report was published about the star wide receivers 'gang ties' and links to the crips.
The Eagles have so far refused to comment on whether the two were linked, but the NFL Players Association have wasted not time in finding out and are set to investigate whether Philly smeared Jackson's name before eventually cutting him.
“We’ve been in touch with DeSean, and first and foremost he is a tremendous football player and great young man,” NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said on the Mike & Mike radio show.
“On the issue of how he was released, whether or not there were comments or leaks from the team, misinformation to the media coming from the team, that’s something that we’re going to look at. We’ve always been aggressive about protecting the integrity of our players.”
The NJ.com report contained quotes from a member of the Eagles organization who asked to remain anonymous, doubting Jackson and his impact as a role model for younger players.
Later on in the interview, Smith went on to compare the Jackson situation to that of Josh Freeman.
The NFLPA are currently investigating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and looking at whether or not Buccaneers executives and coaches leaked out defamatory information about the quarterback.