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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Derrick Ward on DeSean Jackson: What does gang banging have to do with football?

Derrick-Ward-TexansOpinions on the Philadelphia Eagles’ decision to release DeSean Jackson continue to roll in, and former NFL running back Derrick Ward shared one of the most controversial. Ward defended Jackson on Twitter shortly after the news came out. One of his main arguments is that what a player does in his personal time has nothing to do with production on the field.

Simply put, Ward believes the possibility of Jackson being affiliated with a gang is no reason to release him. Not only are the Eagles unsure if the information is true, but Ward feels that “ballin out for your team” is all that matters.

Ward also took aim at Tedy Bruschi and Ron Jaworski for their coverage on the topic. He claimed almost all of Bruschi’s former New England Patriots teammates can’t stand him.

We get why Ward is upset with people for jumping to conclusions — if you even want to call it that. We’re not saying Jackson goes around “gang banging” in his free time, but it was his decision to flash the Crips sign on more than one occasion.

Ward’s assertion that a team shouldn’t care what type of people Jackson is hanging out with as long as he is putting up numbers is absurd. Football is a business, and teams invest millions of dollars in top talent. Players who associate with criminals represent a greater financial risk. See: Hernandez, Aaron.



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