DeSean Jackson has certainly been the talk of the football world in the past week following his release from the Philadelphia Eagles and subsequent signing by the Washington Redskins.
Undoubtedly the Redskins have got themselves a great Wide Receiver and he has joined one of the best improved offences in the NFL.
But the real reason Jackson has been in the headlines is because of the rumours surrounding his involvement with gangs.
Jackson came out on Friday and dismissed the rumours that he is in any way affiliated with a gang but lets face it, that won't stop the rumours.
In fact it will probably turn out like the old 'whoever denied it supplied it' rhyme and people will now just believe the story even more.
But is that necessarily such a bad thing?
Personally, I don't see why everyone should really care if Jackson is part of a gang.
Yes, gangs are bad, they are a growing problem everywhere and in the worst cases offer young people a early exit from the journey known as life.
But does anyone seriously think that kids would up and join a gang just cause an NFL player was in one?
I certainly don't.
Did people decide to fly to North Korea and befriend Kim-Jong Un just because Dennis Rodman said he was a nice guy? No.
Will the whole popularity of American Football now switch to baseball because Russell Wilson went and trained with the Texas Rangers? probably not.
Surprisingly people can think for themselves and even more surprisingly people probably care more about what Jackson will do on the field than his personal life.
That being said he is a sports star and therefore a role model to others so he should be setting a good example to the community.
I couldn't agree more but being in a gang doesn't automatically mean you're a bad person, there are many different reasons why people may end up in gangs, perhaps some old friends go down a bad road and rather than lose some of your oldest friends you just decide to still associate with them?
If a friend of yours takes a bad road in life or makes a few bad decisions does that mean you should just abandon them completely or should you stick by them and try and help them?
Of course, lets look at the real issue here, people hate the idea of an NFL player being in a gang because it may impact the children and lead them to join a gang right?
Well for starters, you don't join a gang to be like your idol, you join a gang cause you probably have no idols.
I don't know first hand but most gang members may come from broken homes, disadvantaged backgrounds and may have been unable to receive the kind of guidance other had right in the next room.
And in actuality, if a high profile name was in a gang, wouldn't that be a good thing? all eyes would be on that person and that gang and the second they did something wrong, its not like they could hide or something?
This is just one guys opinion and I know I may face some backlash from it but I think the whole thing has been blown way out of proportion and also, in the end, they are still just rumours.
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