Richard Sherman stands behind former Little League teammate DeSean Jackson

Richard Sherman stands behind former Little League teammate DeSean Jackson

Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (10) makes a leaping catch against the New Orleans Saints during the second half of the 2013 NFC wild card playoff football game at Lincoln Financial Field.

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by NICK SCHWARTZ / USA TODAY Sports 'For The Win'

NWCN.com

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 7:40 AM

Updated Monday, Mar 31 at 7:40 AM

The Philadelphia Eagles strange, sudden release of DeSean Jackson has quickly become one of the biggest stories of the offseason, and Jackson’s friends and colleagues are lining up to offer their support.

Long before his release, the Eagles were shopping Jackson on the trade market. According to reports by NJ.com, there were behind-the-scenes issues, and the Eagles were concerned about Jackson’s relationships with gang members. Shortly after those reports were published Friday, the Eagles cut ties with the Pro Bowl wide receiver. Jackson released a statement afterward denying any involvement in gang activity, and the LAPD confirmed that he was not a target in any investigations.

A number of fans and fellow players have come to Jackson’s defense following his release. Former Giants running back Derrick Ward wrote a passionate series of tweets ripping the Eagles and ESPN for the way they handled the situation. Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, who also grew up in Los Angeles, shared an old photo of his little league team, which featured two future NFL stars. Sherman’s message: “No one should be judged by the actions of others.”

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