The ‘Chip’ on Shady’s Shoulder
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) — Time hasn't healed all the wounds.
Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy dismissed Chip Kelly's olive branch of shaking hands Wednesday as Shady's new team prepares to invade Philadelphia on Sunday.
"Listen, man, Chip can't shake (expletive)," McCoy told a group of reporters. "He knows this. That's why (he) said it. I know him. He's very intelligent. I can read between the lines. Like I said, I have nothing against him, no hatred. We're not enemies. I won't say anything wrong to him. But there's nothing for us to talk about, at all. Simple as that."
Kelly, of course, traded McCoy to the Bills in the offseason for linebacker Kiko Alonso, just months after the dynamic running back became the Eagles' all-time leading rusher.
Kelly framed the move as a salary-cap issue but that explanation went up in smoke when he signed DeMarco Murray to a five-year, $40 million contract and also gave Ryan Mathews a significant deal.
McCoy didn't take the trade well and unleashed some veiled racism charges against Kelly, unfair considering the two players who replaced Shady are also African-American.
"I said what I said (that Kelly got rid of all the good players, especially the good black players) because it's how I felt," McCoy said.
The more legitimate criticism is that Kelly did not like McCoy's "big personality," and wanted him out of his locker room.
Since the trade McCoy claims he hasn't spoken to Kelly nor received an explanation as to why he was moved.
"I'm not talking to Chip," a still-bitter McCoy said. "We got nothing to talk about. He can't call me. He can't shake my hand. There's nothing he can do with me. He can't say (expletive) to me. It's as simple as that."
Kelly was far more diplomatic on a conference call with Buffalo-based reporters earlier in the day when asked if he would shake McCoy's hand after the game.
"Yeah, I would want to shake LeSean's hand," the Eagles coach said.
"I tried to call him after (the trade), and I talked to his agent after," Kelly continued. "I always wanted to talk to LeSean. Again, I have no issues with LeSean at all. He did everything we asked him to do when he was here. You guys know him, he's a great personality. He's got an infectious personality. I've got tremendous respect for this man."
That sentiment is not a two-way street, though. McCoy claimed he will indeed shake hands with Eagles owner Jeff Lurie as well as running backs coach Duce Staley, and a number of teammates but Shady remains a Chip-free zone.
"He knows me, he know how I act," McCoy said. "There's nothing he can tell me. There's nothing he can talk about."
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973ESPN.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen