As if the sting from last week's playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints wasn't enough for DeSean Jackson, a house belonging to the Philadelphia Eagles wideout was burglarized over the weekend.
Fox 29 in Philadelphia reported that Jackson, who was out of town when the home invasion occurred, returned on Saturday to find that $250,000 in cash, $125,000 worth of jewelry and two semi-automatic handguns were taken from his home.
According to Fox 29's report, there were no signs of forced entry.
Updates From Sunday, Jan. 12
Jeff McClane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Jackson is willing to offer a reward for any information leading to the arrest of the suspects:
DeSean Jackson is offering $50,000 reward to information leading to arrest and conviction of suspect or suspects in burglary of his home.— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) January 12, 2014
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Jeff Skversky of ABC 6 reported that no arrests have been made.
DeSean Jackson's home was robbed of $250,000 in cash & jewelry. Philadelphia Police also tell @6abc a gun was stolen as well. No arrest yet— Jeff Skversky (@JeffSkversky) January 12, 2014
Jackson responded to the situation on Instagram but did not offer specifics:
Jackson's publicist later issued a statement about the incident, denying some aspects of the reports on the burglary (via Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer):
DeSean Jackson statement on home burglary: "DeSean is clearly upset that his home was burglarized while he was out of town on vacation. ...— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) January 12, 2014
"... He has always felt very safe in his community and it concerns him someone would victimize his place of residence. He had personal ...— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) January 12, 2014
"... personal items, jewelry and a small amount of money taken in the burglary, however the amount that has been previously reported ...— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) January 12, 2014
"... is inaccurate. The large sum that was taken was in items."— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) January 12, 2014
Statement comes from DeSean's publicist. Should have clarified. RT @LenahanR7: he talks in 3rd person?— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) January 12, 2014
Athlete or not, coming home and realizing almost $400,000 in valuables have been taken from you is a nightmare scenario for anyone.
Philip Sabella, one of Jackson's neighbors, said, per Fox 29: "I would think with the contract that he has, that he probably has some nice things, so who knows what goes through people's minds."
This is one of the pitfalls for professional athletes. The more money you make and the more famous you become, the more at risk you are to situations like this.
The only good news from this story is that Jackson wasn't home when the burglars broke in.
Former NBA star Antoine Walker wasn't so lucky in 2007, when men broke into his home, duct-taped him at gunpoint and forced him into his closet as they walked away with $200,000 in valuables.
The Philadelphia Police will continue investigating the burglary over the coming days.