In a shocking trade this offseason, Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles shipped off superstar running back LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for linebacker Kiko Alonso, who is now one of nine Oregon Ducks on the Eagles' roster.
McCoy, who spent his whole life in Pennsylvania to that point, wasn't too happy at first. But now, the running back who was the face of the Eagles in recent years, has come to appreciate his new city and isn't holding back on his opinion of his former coach.
McCoy spoke with Mike Rodak, ESPN's Buffalo Bills reporter on his adjustment to a new city and new franchise, and also on his time with the Eagles. McCoy held nothing back, essentially calling Chip Kelly a racist in the process.
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.
Looks like Stephen A. Smith has a new buddy on this subject. You'll recall that back in early March, Smith criticized Kelly's roster moves, saying he was making decisions over the past couple of years that were leaving "a few brothers feeling uncomfortable." Smith attempted to highlight his point by asking how the Eagles could justify making Riley Cooper the team's top receiver.
Over the past year, the Eagles have opted to part ways with key players like DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Trent Cole and Cary Williams, all whom are black. So that makes Chip Kelly a racist, right? Wrong.
He's also brought in guys like DeMarco Murray and Byron Maxwell, Nelson Agholor, as well as exercising the fifth-year option on Fletcher Cox.
If Chip Kelly was actually a racist, we would all know it by now and Kelly would likely be out of a job. Generally, people who are racist aren't exactly quiet about voicing their opinions.
It's not racism, LeSean. It's just Chip doing things his way. So you got traded for a white linebacker? Yeah, Chip Kelly is definitely a racist for trading you in favor of Alonso, a promising young asset on defense and then bringing in DeMarco Murray, a black running back who is arguably the best in the NFL.
McCoy went on to say that he had no hatred toward Kelly and nothing negative to say about him. Really? Because you basically just called the dude a racist. I'd say that's pretty negative.