While the notion character issues shouldn’t surprise anyone, a recent report CBS Philly reveled some pretty telling details of DeSean Jackson’s finally season with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Joseph Santoliquito, who wrote this piece, spoke with several sources within the organization about Jackson’s release, including former and current players. His findings can be summed up fairly easily: DeSean Jackson was a punk.
Here’s an excerpt from Santoliquito’s column, in which he describes Jackson as a player who was more concerned about himself than the team, and who was very disrespectful to head coach Chip Kelly:
But what a number of sources close to and around the team, including current and former players, as well as additional sources within the Eagles revealed was that Jackson was not very well liked by his teammates, was blatantly insubordinate, with temper tantrums cussing out Kelly several times in front of the team, pushed the NFL rookie coach the way “a child would test boundaries,” and was more concerned with his rap label than he was about winning football games.
The report also goes on to say that sources informed Santoliquito that Jeremy Maclin even gave the organization an ultimatum, saying he would only stay an Eagle if Jackson was on his way out.
One source indicated that several players “were happy it happened”, when referring to Jackson’s release. The source said the team knew about his gang affiliations, but that wasn’t the reason for his termination.
You can read the report in full by clicking the above link, but the entire thing paints DeSean in a very negative light. Looks like he really did need to go after all. He’s now the Redskins’ problem to deal with.