On Sunday, I received a Tweet from a listener of a Tampa area radio station, WiLD 94.1, who said that a local DJ was upset with DeSean Jackson because Jackson allegedly disappointed a young, sick boy who had driven from New Jersey to meet him at Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie’s Slam Jam charity basketball game in Florida, to which DeSean never showed.
I’ve only been able to connect with the host, ALLi ThAt GiRL (yes, with the obnoxious punctuation), on Twitter, and haven’t gotten any additional details from her. But, ALLi wrote about it on the 94.1’s website, saying that she had arranged to get a sick boy, Jamiere, and his family to Florida for the event on Saturday so that he could meet DeSean.
Here’s what happened next:
After arranging for Jamiere to attend the game, it was learned he lived in NEW JERSEY!
A selfless listener named Dawn, whose own son died four years earlier, texted in and offered to pay for some of Jamiere’s plane ticket. She met up with Aaron, within the hour, and made her donation. The money was used to aid Jamiere’s ENTIRE family in driving down instead.
DeSean didn’t show up, and informed me over the phone that he couldn’t speak to the boy at that time because, “I’m working out.” Two more promises, of a call to Jamiere, were also broken by the end of the game on Saturday. After I informed my listeners of his utter disregard for this child — who sleeps in his jersey and drove 18 hours to meet him — I opened the phones and texts and let them loose.
Now, before we crucify DeSean, it’s worth noting that the chances he would attend were tenuous, at best. DRC’s foundation’s website, misleadingly, listed the celebrities that were invited, which is actually really shitty. Look:
WiLD 94.1, however, wrote on their Facebook page that it was confirmed to them that DeSean would be there.
D-Jac does his share of charity work, so that’s worth pointing out. But not getting on the phone is poor form– taking, literally, 20 seconds could make a kid’s year. And it’s not like DeSean was otherwise saving the world this weekend… he was hanging in Vegas with Snoop Dogg: