- Phil Sheridan, ESPN Staff Writer
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PHILADELPHIA -- Coach Chip Kelly can't catch a break. After months of reacting to comments by former Philadelphia Eagles players LeSean McCoy, Cary Williams and Evan Mathis, Kelly now gets to watch a BET reality show starring DeSean Jackson.
In the first episode, Jackson was shown discussing his March 2014 release by the Eagles.
"When I was released by the Eagles," Jackson said, "I feel they tried to paint a picture that definitely wasn't true. It was a slap in the face, coming off one of my best seasons in the NFL."
At the time of Jackson's release, a story on NJ.com said the Eagles were concerned with his possible ties to gang members in his native Los Angeles. The report was based on anonymous sources, and it is not clear whether anyone associated with the Eagles was involved in the story.
On the show, Jackson indicates he believes the Eagles were involved.
"The Eagles tried to blow me up," Jackson said. "That's cold how they did it. That's why I think they fired me. Have I went to jail? I ain't done none of that."
Later Jackson describes himself as an "Eagles killer."
"I'm called a Cowboy killer," Jackson said. "They call me the Cowboy killer. I'm a Giants killer, I'm a Cowboys killer, now I'm an Eagles killer, too."
That claim is a bit easier to check out, and it's hard to argue with Jackson there. He has had some of his biggest games against NFC opponents. In his second game with the Eagles in 2008, Jackson caught six passes against the Cowboys for 110 yards.
In 2009, Jackson had an unforgettable game against the Giants at the Meadowlands. He caught six passes for 178 yards and a touchdown. He also returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown. The next year, Jackson returned a punt 65 yards for the game-winning touchdown in the play dubbed the "Miracle at the New Meadowlands."
A week before that game, Jackson caught four passes for 210 yards against the Cowboys.
So his reputation was well-known within the NFC East. After being released by the Eagles, Jackson signed with Washington. In two games against the Eagles, Jackson caught nine passes for 243 yards and a touchdown. Washington won the second game, knocking the Eagles out of playoff contention.
That likely hurt Kelly more than anything Jackson said on his TV show.