DeSean Jackson statement: 'I am not a gang member'


It didn't take long for DeSean Jackson to weigh in on his sudden release Friday from the Philadelphia Eagles.

Less than an hour after being cut, Jackson posted a statement thanking "the Eagles organization, the Eagles fans and the city of Philadelphia for my time in Philly," before taking on the "misleading and unfounded reports that my release has anything to do with any affiliation that has been speculated surrounding the company I keep off of the field."

Jackson wrote: "I would like to make it very clear that I am not and never have been part of any gang. I am not a gang member and to speculate and assume that I am involved in such activity off the field is reckless and irresponsible. I work very hard on and off the field and I am a good person with good values.

"I am proud of the accomplishments that I have made both on and off the field. I have worked tirelessly to give back to my community and have a positive impact on those in need. It is unfortunate that I now have to defend myself and my intentions. These reports are irresponsible and just not true. I look forward to working hard for my new team. God Bless."

Jackson also posted this Instagram video, announcing: "God Got the Plan!!"

Before Jackson chimed in, Eagles teammate Jason Kelce tweeted his reaction to a move that stripped Chip Kelly's offense of a pass-catcher who set career highs last season with 82 catches, 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns:

Where the Eagles are going is away from players who don't blend in with the culture Kelly is building in Philly.

The three-time Pro Bowl receiver hits the open market as our clear-cut top free agent and a playmaker no longer weighed down by his one-time $10.5 million salary. His situation is complex, but he won't be out of work for long.

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