Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson said the Philadelphia Eagles launched a smear campaign against him after they released him a year ago. He made his sentiments known during the debut of his BET reality show, "DeSean Jackson Home Team," on July 1.
DeSean Jackson is accusing the Philadelphia Eagles of a smear campaign against him after his 2014 release.
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Jackson made the startling revelation during the debut of his BET reality show, "DeSean Jackson Home Team," (via ESPN's John Keim) on July 1:
"When I was released by the Eagles, I feel they tried to paint a picture that definitely wasn't true. It was a slap in the face, coming off one of my best seasons in the NFL.
"The Eagles tried to blow me up. That's cold how they did it."
An unidentified friend then said, "Like they tried to persecute you from where you came from, bro."
Jackson agreed with the observation. He also said he's thankful he got another lease on life with the Washington Redskins, per Keim:
"That's why I think they fired me. Have I went to jail?...I ain't done none of that.
"I was at the top of the top. And then I got released...It was a smear campaign. Things media said about me, I bet you could say that about the majority of people in the NFL. I got a second chance to play in the NFL and I'm proving I'm one of the best receivers in the game."
He resuscitated his career in Washington last season, when he caught 56 passes for 1,169 yards and six touchdowns. Keim says Jackson led the NFL with 13 receptions of 40 yards or more.
With these, Jackson proclaimed himself as the league's "No. 1 receiver" on his new reality show, per ESPN:
"I had an awesome year and I'm going to have another awesome year. End of the day, I play football at a high level so I don't care too less anything about nothing. Go look up the No. 1 receiver in the NFL. I'm the No. 1 receiver. So I'm not getting caught up. I know what I can do."
Jackson revealed he has been putting in two-a-day workouts every day during the offseason. Someone then asked him during his show about his sentiments on the Redskins' NFC East rivals, the Dallas Cowboys, per Keim:
"I work hard and I play hard.
"I don't care too much about the Cowboys. I'm called a Cowboy killer. They call me the 'Cowboy Killer.' I'm a (New York) Giants killer, I'm a Cowboys killer, now I'm an Eagles killer, too."
In a separate update from Keim, the show features Jackson's mom, Gayle, his fiancee, Kayla Phillips, his sister, A'dreaa and his publicist, Denise White. As the show wound down, Phillips reveals she's pregnant with their first child.
Jackson says it was hard for him to introduce Phillips to his mother, who has a religious background, per Keim:
"My mother is a preacher's daughter," Jackson said. "She's very religious and having to tell my mom I'm having a baby out of wedlock with a woman she met only once is a very hard thing to do."
Jackson stressed he's not one for making pretensions when he's in front of the camera, per ESPN.
"I'm going to be me, bro," he said.
Jackson missed the first three days of the Redskins' organized team activities (OTAs) last month. He told Andrew Walker of the team's official website he had to take care of some personal matters in his home state of California:
"I had personal things that I had to do back home," Jackson told Redskins.com. "It's a lot going on, but I was able to handle that and do what I needed to do that was important in my life."
Jackson brushed off critics who made a big deal of his absence. He told Walker that his head coach, Jay Gruden, and his Redskins teammates knew where he was all along:
"Like I said, my head coach, my teammates, the people here in this building knew about my whereabouts and things like that. So as far as any critics or anybody else I don't play for them and I don't worry about them."
When Jackson re-joined his teammates, he liked the energy during OTAs, per Redskins.com:
"I've been working out but it's a little different when you come to play football and run routes, do team seven-on-seven and things like that. It feels good to be back out there with my teammates. The energy is up and the level is high so I'm happy to be here.
"It's a lot of new additions and a lot of new teammates and a lot of new coaches and things like that, so like I said, I'm just excited about the energy out here. It's a high level of intensity and guys are flying around."
The 28-year-old Jackson has caught for 7,286 yards and 38 touchdowns on 412 receptions in 102 career regular-season games for the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins, per ESPN stats.
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