DeSean Jackson reiterated in an interview with ESPN's Stephen A. Smith on Friday that he has never been a gang member.

He also responded to allegations made hours earlier in a CBS sports report about repeated acts of insubordination being the ultimate reason behind the Philadelphia Eagles' decision to release him on March 28.

Jackson is coming off the best season of his six-year career, having established career highs in catches (82) and receiving yards (1,332) and matching his career best in TD receptions (nine). But the Eagles began to seek trade partners for him almost immediately after last season ended with a January playoff loss to New Orleans.

They finally granted him his unconditional release within 40 minutes after a report by NJ.com linking him to gang activity in his native Los Angeles was posted online and have offered no explanation since.

According to the CBS Sports report today, Jackson was labeled as a poor teammate by multiple anonymous sources, one of which said: "you can say he was the type that could catch three TDs in a loss — everyone would be down, but you had the impression he was happy, because he got his. It was all about him. A lot of guys thought that way about him.

[Coach Chip Kelly] came in here with a plan to get this thing right, and the one major [obstacle] standing in his way was [Jackson]. If we were going to move forward as a team, he had to go. Think about it — did anyone come right out and back him publicly? Not one."


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Jackson disputed that portrait.

"Since Day 1, since I stepped into the locker room, I put it on the line for my teammates. I've always been a team guy. I've never not been a team guy. Everything I do on the field is for my team. It's not for individual goals I go out there and catch these passes and score these touchdowns. At the end of the day, [It's not] DeSean Jackson that's winning, it's the Philadelphia Eagles that's winning.

"So I don't think it's real, I don't think it's right. So there you have it."

Smith also grilled him, point-blank, about another anonymous quote that claimed: "The fact is, [Jackson] was a 'me-guy' with an attitude problem and [fellow wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, who was re-signed in the offseason] is the complete opposite, a team guy, a great character guy you go to war with. Funny how [Jackson] has this anti-bully thing and he thought he could push [Kelly] around; he found out otherwise. His being cut had nothing to do with the gang stuff. The team knew it. Everyone knew he had 'ties.' Those were his guys. That's okay.

"What put him out was his selfishness. He can try and spin it all he wants how he's 'a team player.' He's not."

Jackson replied: "It's an allegation once again by someone who has an opinion. … I don't live my life going out there and really worrying about what other people say. I try to do things the right way, I try to go out there and be a professional when I'm doing it.

"Have I always been perfect? Have I always done things the right way? No. Have I learned and found out a better way of doing things? Yes. I think that goes throughout my career. Me coming into the NFL at 20 years old, real young, not knowing the right and wrong thing to do, I had to learn. I'm not perfect. No one is. But at the end of the day, I'm going to learn to do it the right way, I'm going to do it the right way."

Jackson acknowledged being late for meetings at times but only to missing one entirely in his career. Furthermore, he admitted to keeping the wrong company early on in his career, but not since Kelly was hired in January of 2013..

"I felt the past two or three years, I've matured to the utmost," said Jackson, who pointed out the tough time he had when his father was fighting a losing battle with pancreatic cancer, eventually succumbing in the spring of 2009.

"My dad was my backbone," Jackson said. "He was the guy that kept everybody away from me, the guy that motivated me, the guy that did everything he could to make me a better person. … Losing him was a very tough situation. I almost felt lost when it happened."