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Snoop Dogg sends friend DeSean Jackson heartfelt birthday message

Snoop Dogg sends friend DeSean Jackson heartfelt birthday message

Redskins fans might not know this, but star receiver DeSean Jackson has a very close relationship with rapper Snoop Dogg. So on Jackson's birthday today, Snoop sent his 'nephew' heartfelt message of friendship and family. 

The rapper encouraged Jackson to spend his birthday with his son, DeSean Jackson Jr., who has become the focus of his father's life since his birth in October 2015. If you follow Jackson on Instagram, you've seen a lot of the little guy.

So how does Snoop know DJax? Both are from the Long Beach area of Los Angeles and went to Long Beach Polytechnic High School, Jackson told Redskins.com

He said he calls the rapper "Uncle Snoop" and speaks to him on a daily basis. The receiver also noted that Snoop loves kids and has his own youth football team. 

All in all, a cool story of two very famous, very talented friends who care about each other. Consider this your dose of good karma for the day. 

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D'Qwell Jackson says prolonging name change could create unnecessary stress on new Redskins' era

D'Qwell Jackson says prolonging name change could create unnecessary stress on new Redskins' era

Over the next few days, and in the spirit of a Presidential election year, NBC Sports Washington is polling ex-Redskins players and NFLers who grew up in the DMV for their thoughts on the burgundy-and-gold's pending name change - and what name THEY would like to see.

As the football world awaits the start of training camp later this month, nobody is seemingly talking about anything but the Redskins' name change or Pat Mahomes' recent record-breaking contract extension

While the anticipation surrounding a name change serves as a distraction from quarantine and the excitement around basketball, baseball and hockey's return, once the 2020 NFL season starts, it won't be as productive a conversation for the players inside Washington's locker room.

Former Maryland star D'Qwell Jackson, Pro Bowl linebacker for the Colts and Browns, spoke to NBC Sports Washington about the challenges players will face if the team's name situation isn't resolved before they return to the field. 

"Being in those locker rooms and being a head coach, if this isn't resolved before the season you better believe every beat writer, every reporter that walks in that building, they're gonna talk about this name issue as opposed to players focusing on what they need to focus on, and that's winning football games," Jackson said. "You don't want to create more noise and stress to an already hard problem to solve in winning a Super Bowl, and in their case trying to get to the playoffs and being better than they were the past few years."

A new era of Washington football began this offseason after the team hired Ron Rivera as their head coach and their decision to take Chase Young No. 2 overall, solidifying Dwayne Haskins as the starting quarterback going into 2020. With an incredibly talented defensive line and an injection of life into the franchise with Rivera, you'd hate to lose that momentum because of a prolonged name-change saga. 

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As Jackson points out, Rivera most likely realizes the importance of reducing distractions as much as possible and its owner Dan Snyder's job to make sure his coach is in the best position to succeed. 

"I'm sure this is a very important moment for [Rivera] and quite frankly to get the voice of his team. He hasn't coached one practice yet," Jackson said. "For a guy that probably is more emotionally attached to this than most people and he's in a position of power, a position that has an ear to owner, if I'm Dan Snyder I gotta do right by him. You want to start on a positive note and this is one thing that could uplift your team, head coach and your community then why not [change the name]? It's only going to help your bottom dollar, which is ultimately what these owners were afraid of."

For a guy who played four years of college football in College Park and still has family residing in the DMV, Jackson was just waiting for the day to come when Washington finally considered a name change. 

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"My initial reaction was, 'It's about damn time,'" Jackson said. "I think it's a great thing, I think it's a movement that Snyder was going to have to face the music at some point. I think he's feeling real pressure every day that the name isn't changed. He's feeling enormous amounts of pressure and that really starts with shareholders and sponsorships pulling out their money."

For years, his family has stayed away calling Washington's football team the Redskins because of the name's derogatory nature. Instead, they just referred to the team as the 'Skins, which so happens to be one of the popular fan suggestions for the team's new name. 

However, of all the options out there, Jackson's favorite is Fred Smoot's Red Wolves idea, in which the former Redskins corner imagines a sold-out stadium howling in support of their team. 

"I may have to side with Smoot because he has a good point, you'd have the whole stadium howling," Jackson said. "That's something that gives you that college atmosphere. When you talk about the fans getting involved it's like Pittsburgh with the 'Terrible Towels.' That's actually really good."

It's hard to think of a better way to get DC football fans into a new team than a rabid tradition at games. 

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Former Redskins WR DeSean Jackson under fire for sharing anti-semitic quotes on Instagram

Former Redskins WR DeSean Jackson under fire for sharing anti-semitic quotes on Instagram

Over the holiday weekend, Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson shared several anti-semitic quotes attributed to Adolf Hitler, though the following quote was proven to be a fake. 

"Because the white Jews knows that the Negroes are the real Children of Israel and to keep America's secret the Jews will blackmail America," the quote said. "The will extort America, their plan for world domination won't work if the Negroes know who they were. The white citizens of America will be terrified to know that all this time they've been mistreating and discriminating and lynching the Children of Israel."

Jackson had also posted in support of religious leader Louis Farrakhan, who's considered by many to be anti-semitic and homophobic due to his past statements about Hitler being a "very great man," and calling Judaism and "dirty religion."

The former Redskins wide receiver received plenty of criticism for his posts and later responded to the backlash, saying his posts were misinterpreted. 

“Anyone who feels I have hate towards the Jewish community took my post the wrong way,” Jackson wrote on Instagram. “I have no hatred in my heart towards no one!”

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He then reposted the same quote as the one above, but with every aspect of it scribbled over except, "The will extort America, their plan for world domination won't work if the Negroes know who they were."

Jackson spent three years with the Redskins from 2014-16, totaling 142 catches for 2,702 yards and 14 touchdowns. In two of his three seasons in Washington, he led the NFL in yards per reception. The Eagles, who signed Jackson to a three-year contract extension before the 2019 season, have not yet commented on the incident. 

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