DeSean Jackson didn't mean to offend anyone
More than a week after labeling a caller to a satellite radio show he was co-hosting a “faggot,” DeSean Jackson has issued a statement saying that he meant no harm by using the gay slur.
The Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver was a guest on the “All Out Show” with Rude Jude and Lord Sear on Sirius XM’s Shade 45 channel. It’s the wild, wild west for radio on satellite, meaning anything goes. When a caller offended Jackson, he responded: “What type of question is that?” Jackson replied. “Say ‘no homo,’ gay-ass. Faggot.”
Now, Jackson is saying he didn’t mean to offend anyone.
“In a recent radio interview a caller got really confrontational with me. I got very heated with the caller, took it a bit too far and did not mean to offend anybody,” Jackson said in a statement through one of his representatives, according to Tim McManus of Philly Sports Daily. “I meant no disrespect and a better choice of words was needed.”
Jackson was singing quite a different tune Friday night when the story broke, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. At that point, Jackson was incensed with people criticizing him.
He wrote on his personal Twitter page: “WANNA BRING ME DOWN BUT IM OK!! THEY TRYIN KNOCC ME OFF BUT IM STILL ON!!”
As we wrote earlier, it will be interesting to see if the NFL takes a look into this situation once the labor woes are resolved.
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