Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson sat down for a one-on-one interview with NFL Network analyst Michael Irvin to discuss his suspension last week, his contract situation and relationship with quarterback Michael Vick.
An excerpt from the interview aired tonight on NFL Network’s NFL Total Access. Additional segments will be aired on the Thursday Night Kickoff Presented by Sears pregame show and Kia Halftime Show Thursday, November 17 at 6:00 PM ET. The entire interview will be on NFL GameDay Morning on Sunday, November 20 at 9:00 AM ET.
Michael Irvin: “You missed the 8:30 special teams meeting. You got there 20 minutes, or thereabouts, late.”
DeSean Jackson: “8:53, made it to the 9:00 meeting. Like I said, as a man, I was late.”
Irvin: “There is speculation and things have been reported that the decision not to play you was because of other things that have been happening. What are your thoughts on that?”
Jackson: “I don’t think so. Being late to a meeting is unacceptable, of course. I understand that, but I’ve never been a problem, never been a distraction. I just come to work and do my thing.”
Irvin: “You wanted to play?”
Jackson: “Of course. I want to play every game.”
Irvin: “You missed the special teams meeting, but you got there for a team meeting. You were 20 minutes late, 25 minutes late [to the special teams meeting]. Is this protocol to not let the guy play at all?”
Jackson: “Honestly, I’ve never seen coach [Andy] Reid do anything like that. I’ve never seen him bench anybody for missing a meeting.”
The Denver Broncos host the New York Jets on NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football at 8:00 PM ET.
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