DeSean Jackson’s new reality show on BET, Home Team, debuted on Tuesday night, and it didn’t take long for the Pro-Bowl receiver to take a shot at the Eagles, who released him just over a year ago, Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ Advance Media reports.
“When I was released by the Eagles, I felt they tried to paint a picture that definitely wasn’t true,” Jackson said, according to About.com. “It was a slap in the face coming off one of my best seasons in the NFL.”
Jackson was released by the Eagles coming off a season in which he hauled in 82 catches for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns. His release, however, had much more to do with off-the-field issues.
As reported by NJ Advance Media prior to his release, the Eagles had concerns about the company Jackson kept off the field, and the negative impact he had on the younger players in the locker room.
Jackson was released less than an hour after the report.
“It was a smear campaign,” Jackson said. “It’s like the Eagles tried to blow me up. That’s cold.”
The Eagles called the decision to release Jackson a “football decision,” although it appears the wide receiver felt it had much more to do with off-the-field issues than his play on the field.
“That’s why I think they fired me,” Jackson said. “What have I done? Have I gone to jail? Am I in federal? No.”
“I call myself a Cowboy killer, and a Giant killer,” Jackson said. “Now I’m an Eagles killer.”