The Philadelphia Eagles strange, sudden release of DeSean Jackson has quickly become one of the biggest stories of the offseason, and Jackson’s friends and colleagues are lining up to offer their support.

Long before his release, the Eagles were shopping Jackson on the trade market. According to reports by NJ.com, there were behind-the-scenes issues, and the Eagles were concerned about Jackson’s relationships with gang members. Shortly after those reports were published Friday, the Eagles cut ties with the Pro Bowl wide receiver. Jackson released a statement afterward denying any involvement in gang activity, and the LAPD confirmed that he was not a target in any investigations.

A number of fans and fellow players have come to Jackson’s defense following his release. Former Giants running back Derrick Ward wrote a passionate series of tweets ripping the Eagles and ESPN for the way they handled the situation.