IF DeSean Jackson chooses to sue over defamation of character, then the Eagles will have to present what they knew and when they knew it. They cannot do this without implicating the organization itself.
Let’s start with what we all know about gangs:
1) They don’t bring you in when you’re in your 20’s
2) When they bring you in you’re required to perform a HIGHLY criminal act (armed robbery, assault, gang rape, murder).
3)You are required to “keep up” your cred and membership with these acts. (See: Aaron Hernandez)
If Jackson is in a gang NOW, it means he was when he was drafted. This means either the Eagles didn’t do their due diligence or they were willing to live with it. Recent statements (like one made by WIP’s Rob Ellis) say the Eagles have suppressed some stories involving DJax. This would point to them having known all along, which is an impressive piece of hypocrisy.
If the Eagles knew that he was a gang member all along, then they knew they had made a millionaire out of someone who had already committed heinous crimes.
If he was “keeping up” his street cred by continuing to do these things, and the Eagles were suppressing the stories, then the Philadelphia Eagles organization is complicit in multiple crimes. (Seriously, look up complicit.)
This is a bombshell. And it could blow back onto this organization in a way that will forever mark the names of all involved.