Recording artist and actor T.I. is disappointed in how the Philadelphia Eagles have handled the release of DeSean. The star of VH1’s “T.I. and Tiny: Family Hustle,” believes that insinuating the move had something to do with alleged gang ties, without actual proof, reflects badly on the league as a whole.
“I think it’s a poor display of social growth on behalf of the NFL,” T.I. told The Jim Rome Show.
The Grammy-winning artist hopes teams would refrain from making judgments about Jackson due to characteristics they may dislike, without something to back up those judgments.
“I think that in this day and age to profile and to kind of stereotype someone because of the way they walk, or the way they talk, that’s profiling by definition,” said T.I. “Unless they have some sort of hardcore, concrete, true evidence of a law being broken, I don’t see what the big deal is, to be honest.”
T.I. also weighed in on former Philadelphia quarterback and good friend Michael Vick’s new job. The rapper thinks the 33-year-old Vick has plenty left in the tank for the New York Jets, but says his success depends on his offensive line.
“If they can keep him off his back, he’s going to thrive anywhere,” said T.I. “Anytime Mike has time in the pocket to really make his decisions on his terms, and not on the defense’s terms, he’s always excelled, in those situations and circumstances.”