LAPD says DeSean Jackson had no involvement in gang-related murders
The Los Angeles police department clarified a few points about former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson following his dismissal from the NFC East franchise.
1. Jackson hasn't been accused of being a gang member.
2. Although he's not suspected of being involved in gang-related murders, the LAPD did inquire about Jackson's ties to alleged members of the Crips street gang.
"It's kind of like 'Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon,' " LAPD Homicide Det. Chris Barling told the Philadelphia Daily News. "When people grow up in neighborhoods where you have gang involvement, you don't have to look too far before you find a connection to a connection. Now, how sinister that connection is, our position is that's for others to judge."
An LAPD detective contacted the Eagles in 2011, but the call wasn't returned. They did speak to Jackson, though.
"They didn't return the call, but we came across a number for him and had a conversation," Barling said. "It was nothing confrontational; he answered our questions."
"There's no other investigation that I'm aware of where Mr. Jackson's name has come up," he said. "It's clear he was not involved the homicides."
Jackson has issued a statement denying that he's a gang member.
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun