Sporting News’ Ross Tucker wrote this HOT TAKE on DeSean Jacskon today. So let’s do what we do in these instances, and FJM this thing. Tucker’s words in bold, my responses in italics.
I don’t know anything about DeSean Jackson and his “ties” to gang members and frankly I don’t really care because in my mind, that isn’t really the issue anyway.
I don’t know anything about DeSean Jackson. But here is my 500 word opinion on DeSean Jackson.
His problem is one of decision-making and professionalism.
I can’t wait for you to enlighten us with the horrible decisions this extremely successful millionaire has made!
This isn’t one of those columns about how he needs to distance himself from some of the nefarious characters he grew up with or apparently still chooses to associate with. That can’t be easy and I know that I would have a tough time just completely shutting off any of the friends I grew up with. For all I care, Jackson can hang out with them all day every day.
Ross Tucker can totally empathize with DeSean Jackson’s upbringing.
Even if he doesn’t feel he should separate from them, I have an idea: How about not posting pictures of yourself on social media flashing gang signs with known gang members? And while you’re at it, refrain from using any of those hand gestures on the field as he has done a number of times?
That’s the problem I have with Jackson as a professional and the concern I’d have if I were a Redskins fan. What is the value in posting those pictures? How can he possibly benefit in any way by doing that?
Good questions, but I have a better one: Who gives a shit? Is he making these “hand gestures” on the field while scoring touchdowns? Because that’s pretty much all I, as a Redskins fan, am concerned about here.
The answer is you can’t, which is why he shouldn’t do it. There’s no upside, plenty of downside, and there isn’t a single employer in the country that I can think of that would like it if their employees were posting pictures of themselves flashing gang signs with known criminals.
But would employers like their employees to start charitable foundations that support cancer awareness and research?
He shouldn’t, and if you need any further evidence that he doesn’t “get it,” look no further than his introductory conference call with the media that cover the Redskins when asked about what jersey number he will wear.
“Maybe by the time the season starts we’ll know,” Jackson said. “Maybe RG3 will wear No. 3 and I’ll try to get in (No.) 10. We’ll see how it goes, though. You never know.”
Really? You just signed with a new team after your previous squad jettisoned you because you were a headache in a number of ways, and one of the first comments you make is that you might want to have the franchise quarterback switch his number?
HE WAS JOKING.
I’ve seen some reports that Jackson was joking. I’ve listened to it half a dozen times and I didn’t get that impression. Not at all. He laughed when saying RGIII could wear No. 3, knowing the play on words, but I believe he was serious about the rest of his comment. His comments to Larry Michael of Redskins Nation later that it “would probably be impossible” to wear No. 10 because of “all the jerseys the league had printed up” for Griffin show his sincerity.
All of the D.C. media says DeSean was joking; Ross Tucker says DeSean was DEAD SERIOUS. WHO TO BELIEVE?!
It’s not a huge problem or controversy, but it’s just another example of Jackson’s lack of awareness even though he’s going into his seventh year in the NFL. You say the number doesn’t matter, winning does. And that you’re just happy to be a part of the team no matter what number you wear.
Other quotes from that same conference call: “I’m just happy to be an addition to help this team win.” … “I’m happy about the situation I’m in here and like I said, at the end of the day, it’s all about winning in the NFL.” … “I feel like I am around a group of guys that are very talented, and at the same time, they’re young, they’re in their prime and I’m just happy to be an addition to the Washington Redskins.” So, he literally said winning matters and he’s happy to be part of the team. But yeah, the joke about wanting No. 10 should be the takeaway here.
But Jackson didn’t do that. Evidently he can’t.
He did do that.
Which shows that he still doesn’t get it. And perhaps never will.
Perhaps you should stop pretending to know anything about DeSean Jackson and just read what Richard Sherman — a man who can actually empathize — wrote today. This part being particularly relevant: “I can only tell you that I believe him to be a good person, and if you think, say or write otherwise without knowing the man, you’re in the wrong.”