Ganging Up On DeSean Jackson

 

DeSean_Jackson_gang

Wow. He’s holding his fingers in a way I never have. Well, that settles it. DeSean Jackson MUST be a thug!

 

The NFL is a criminal league.    Name your favorite teams and there are current or former drunk drivers, drug addicts, wife beaters, thieves, thugs, alcoholics, steroid gobblers, perverts and more than a few murderers.   But nothing scares a pro team’s general manager than the suggestion a player’s truest affiliation is a gang affiliation.

After the Aaron Hernandez scandal, the NFL is hypersensitive to even the most threadbare of connections between a baller and gang-bangers.    That paranoia that the NFL shield can be tainted by gangs leads to some strange actions and nothing was stranger than the Philadelphia Eagles decision to cut their All-Pro wide receiver, DeSean Jackson for what seemed to be his ties to the Crips.    After his release Jackson issued a denial of the rumors, but the Eagles loss will likely turn out to be a gain for another less easily intimidated team.

Jackson has been the best wide receiver on the Eagles since they took him in the draft six years ago. He’s also “high maintenance” as many wide receivers in the NFL. Call it “Terrell Owens Disease.” He pouts. He brags. He disrupts. He pisses people off. But he can do a lot of great things on the football field which is why the Eagles were paying him $10 million a season.

Jackson apparently knows someone in a gang who was accused, indicted, tried and acquitted for a murder. Okay, a lot of us know someone with a sketchy past. Jackson has tats and he’s thrown up his hand in a way some folks think might be a gang sign. Some say it’s not.

If throwing what someone thinks is a gang sign makes you a gang banger does sitting in a garage make you a car?

He wasn’t shooting anyone and he wasn’t breaking the law. All I see is a young Black man doing things I see a lot of young Black men doing and they aren’t shooting anyone or breaking any laws either.   Young Black men with tats and pants that hang low and surly attitudes are not America’s favorite sort of Colored People.

Either way Jackson has not been arrested or convicted for anything more serious than rolling in a car with the windows too darkly tinted. Last season someone jacked his crib while he was at a game and stole guns, cash and bling. Suspicious maybe, but nobody has proof it has anything gang-related to it. DeSean Jackson may be a diva, but there is NO proof as the LAPD themselves have stated that he is in a gang or has any association with any criminal acts by gangs.

But simply mentioning the word “gang” is enough for the predominantly White NFL coaches, general managers, owners and officials to clutch the pearls and crap their pants. That is what seems to have happened here and the Eagles dropped Jackson like he was radioactive, but not before strongly hinting it was his associations with dicey characters that led to his abrupt exit just days after the head coach said everything was cool.

English: Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeS...

English: Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson posing for a picture after the game against the Seattle Seahawks on November 2, 2008 at Qwest Field. The Eagles defeated the Seahawks 26-7. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nick Foles, who unseated Michael Vick as the starting QB, had a pretty good season because he had Jackson to draw fire from the secondary and slow the pass rush. Who’s gonna do that now? Not Riley “I’ll Fight Every Nigger Here” Cooper, that’s for sure.

But Cooper is a Kelly guy and Jackson is not.

From a Football Sense 101 perspective it defies logic. You don’t give away your best offensive weapon for nothing. You don’t keep one guy in Riley Cooper who done almost nothing in the pros and throw away another who will step into a starting role on nearly any of 31 other teams.

This was a spectacularly STUPID move by the Eagles that should tick off their fans and will likely come back to bite them in the butt.   Maybe the Eagles simply decided they didn’t want to deal with a petulant and moody malcontent who demands the ball and is unhappy when he doesn’t see it enough.   Maybe they didn’t want to pay him $10 million a season to shag overthrown long bombs from Foles.    Nobody knows exactly why Kelly and the Eagles brain trust thought they would be a better team without Jackson than they were with him.

What is obvious is the team tried to slime their best player and make Jackson radioactive to scare away potential suitors for his talents.   The whisper campaign by the Eagles and the sports media to slime Jackson was as gutless as it was transparent.    I never was a fan of Jackson though I admired his game without admiring him.   Now I’d love to see him stay in the NFC East and get two chances every season to make the Eagles look like fools

Enhanced by Zemanta
Advertisements

Hatin’ With Mr. Cooper

Lone Eagle

Riley Cooper is a NFL wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles and he’s never heard of you either.

Riley Cooper went to a Kenny Chesney concert and tried to get backstage.  Concert security not recognizing or caring who Riley Cooper is did their jobs and refused to allow him to get backstage to see Chesney.

Riley Cooper did not like that.  So he let everyone within earshot know precisely how much he didn’t like the security guard stopping him.

“I will jump that fence and fight every nigger here, bro,”  Riley Cooper proclaims though there are no niggers in sight of the camera and presumably not that many Blacks showing up for a Kenny Chesney concert.

Deadspin received a message from a tipster about a possible reason for Cooper’s bad behavior.

Riley was going fucking nuts because he wasn’t allowed backstage. He didn’t have passes like some of the other players and was SO pissed that the stadium people wouldn’t let him back just because he was Riley Cooper. He had been drinking since 11 AM (Kenny didn’t go on until 8).

Few things are more divisive in a locker room than a racial controversy and quarterback Michael Vick, no stranger to controversy, threw Cooper a life-preserver, “What if your son or daughter made a mistake of this fashion, how would you want people to proceed? I’ve been there before. It’s a very delicate situation that we all understand. Somehow we’ve all got to find a way to get past it.”

However, there are many Blacks on the Eagles roster and even more Blacks playing cornerback, safety and linebacker in the NFL and many of them will not take kindly to Cooper’s ethnic slurs or his feeble apologies.    Cooper’s teammate, running back LeSean McCoy certainly doesn’t seem ready to get past it.

“I guess the real him came out that day,” McCoy told  Albert Breer. “The cameras are off, you don’t think nobody’s watching or listening, and then you find out who they really are. And to hear how he really came off, that shows you what he’s really all about.”

The refusal of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to take any action against Cooper for his repulsive racism underscores his growing uselessness.  Goodell sends his sneaks and snitches to every game to watch for players wearing the wrong kinds of socks because it’s bad for the league’s image, but refuses to suspend Cooper for bigoted slurs.

If Goodell refuses to enforce any sort of corrective behavior for Cooper off the field,  someone on the field will do it for him.

Riley Cooper should probably keep his head on a swivel the next time he runs a slant pattern in the middle of the field.   Defensive backs love to smack the hell out of wide receivers as a matter of principle.  Imagine the sort of wood they are going to lay on Cooper when they are motivated.

Cooper has been in the NFL three seasons and has played in 40 games and started in 10. These are his stats as a wide receiver:

Receptions: 46
Yards: 679
Average: 14.8
TD’s: 5

This guy is a perennial backup and bench warmer. A special teams scrub and if starting wide receiver Jeremy Maclin hadn’t torn his ACL last week knocking him out for the season, Cooper would likely be just another training camp body hoping like hell to even make the team.

There are a lot of things that are tolerated on a football team.  You can cheat on your woman,  be a drunken idiot through the week as long as you show up ready to play on Gameday, you can be a degenerate gambler or just a plain old degenerate.   You can be juicing on steroids or smoking weed around the clock, but nobody wants to play with someone when you hate their bigoted guts.

He’d better catch every pass thrown his way and just because he apologized to the Eagles doesn’t mean every team on their schedule isn’t going to look to put a kill shot on him each and every play.

I predict…PAIN.

Have a nice season, Riley.  For as long as it lasts.