LeSean McCoy: ‘There’s a Reason [Chip Kelly] Got Rid of All the Black Players, the Good Ones’
The deal was apparently put together in 30 minutes, with McCoy being just as shocked as the fans. Kelly also jettisoned another star black player in DeSean Jackson in the prior offseason, something that was followed by a suggestion from Stephen A. Smith that race may have played a role in the decision.
You see how fast he got rid of all the good players. Especially all the good black players.
Now, in an upcoming issue of ESPN The Magazine, McCoy is interviewed and asked about his time transitioning to a Buffalo lifestyle, along with the similarities and differences he sees in Rex Ryan and Chip Kelly.
It's what he says about his former head coach Kelly, that will be spinning some heads:
Q: 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?
A: 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.]
Very strong accusations from McCoy indeed, it's something that has been pointed by not just Smith, but others as well, according to McCoy:
Q: How many other players have shared that thought with you?
A: 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.
McCoy and Jackson were very close during their time with the Eagles, both being drafted by Andy Reid, but when Jackson got released things changed for McCoy.
As the story points out, the Eagles had no comment for the accusations brought about by McCoy.
ESPN's Phil Sheridan Discusses the Issue on the Sports Bash:
Players and reporters continue to say this about Kelly, they do conveniently forget however, that Kelly had no problem bringing in multiple black players during his tenure including: Byron Maxwell, DeMarco Murray, Brad Jones and others.
Kelly also just finished up another NFL Draft where more black players were drafted on to this team.
Kelly may have a problem with 'questionable character players,' but it's safe to say that he doesnt have a problem with black players.
This issue of ESPN The Magazine will be released on May 25th, part of their "Pitchers Issue."