Last night on BET, former Eagles and current Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson debuted his reality show, “DeSean Jackson: Home Team”. The show is about what Jackson does during the offseason and the people in his life such as: his Mom, his sister, his publicist, his life long buddies and his girlfriend.
Up until this point, Jackson had been very quiet about his release by the Eagles in comparison to LeSean McCoy. Last night he went after the Birds for releasing him and how they did it. He accused them of smearing his name.
At the start of the show, Jackson basically tells where he is at in his life and career, then how he got there with the starting point being his release by the Eagles.
“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.”
“When I was released by the Eagles, I feel they tried to paint a picture that definitely wasn’t true,” Jackson said. “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. . . . Have I went to jail? . . . I ain’t done none of that.”
Remember when Jackson was released on the same day that an article appeared on NJ.com by former GCobb.com writer Elliot Shorr-Parks. In his article, Elliot cited people in the Los Angeles police department, who talked about Jackson’s possible ties to Los Angeles gangs. The Eagles publicly denied the accusation that they let him go because of gang ties, but a lot of Eagles fans were left thinking that.
Nothing has become of the gangs ties that were talking about, but it was an interesting plot for the first show. Later in the show we find out that Jackson is going going to be a father soon. His girlfriend is pregnant and the next show will show Jackson giving his mother the news.
I think the main football reason Jackson is no longer an Eagles is because of his inability to block on running plays. DeSean weighs about 165 pounds soaking wet, so he’s not the wide receiver you would send out there to block somebody. Chip Kelly values his running game more than anything else and he wants his wide receivers to block.
Quite honestly the show was better than I thought it was going to be. I did expect a cameo by LeSean McCoy or some of Jackson’s current teammates, but that was just the first one, so they’ve got plenty of time to get in one of them.
I predict before too long, you’re going to have five to ten NFL players with reality shows.