LeSean McCoy: Chip Kelly Got Rid Of "All The Good Black Players"

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ESPN.com just posted a Q&A with Bills running back LeSean McCoy, who hasn’t been shy about taking some shots at his former boss, Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, this offseason. Most of McCoy’s answers are standard issue, until a question about Kelly comes along:

You told The Philadelphia Inquirer in April that Chip doesn’t “like or respect stars.” What was the problem with you and Chip, and how did that relationship end?

The relationship was never really great. I feel like I always respected him as a coach. I think that’s the way he runs his team. He wants the full control. You see how fast he got rid of all the good players. Especially all the good black players. He got rid of them the fastest. That’s the truth. There’s a reason. ... It’s hard to explain with him. But there’s a reason he got rid of all the black players — the good ones — like that. [The Eagles declined to comment on McCoy’s statements.]

Hoo boy. As you may recall, this is essentially the same “Is Chip Kelly the real racist?” theory that Stephen A. Smith floated on an episode of First Take not too long ago. It appears that McCoy saw that episode, and concluded that Smith was really on to something:

How many other players have shared that thought with you?

Oh, man. People have heard it. I mean ... Stephen A. Smith has talked about it. Other players have talked about it. But that’s one of the things where you don’t even care no more. I’m on a new team, ready to play. So it’s nothing to do with Chip. I have no hatred toward him, nothing to say negative about him. When he got [to Philadelphia], I didn’t know what to expect. When he let DeSean go last year, I was like: “C’mon. DeSean Jackson?” So it is what it is.


The Bills will play the Eagles in Philadelphia in December. Should be a fun game.