The Aaron Hernandez Effect: On Red Flags, Thug Life and the Circumstances Surrounding DeSean Jackson’s Convictions



   Since becoming a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, WR DeSean Jackson has started  86 of 87 games in six seasons. At 27, he’s a three-time pro bowler. Just last season he matched a career high with nine touchdowns, and set a career high 1,332 yards on a career high 126 targets. He was set to make $10.5 million in 2014. The Eagles wanted him to restructure his deal. He preferred not to. 

   A week’s worth of speculation — including trade rumors that riled up the Eagles’ fan base — the team sent out a two-sentence news release notifying the public of a franchise-altering roster move:

   “After careful consideration this offseason, Eagles decide to part ways with DeSean Jackson. The team informed him of his release today.”

   Jackson’s release came curiously close to a report exploring his ties to a Los Angeles street gang published in NJ.com. 

   Is Jackson, 27, a member of the notorious Crips?

   Here’s the quick bullet points:

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This is a great write up about the whole DeSean Jackson situation.

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