LeSean McCoy Accuses Chip Kelly Of Getting Rid Of All The Good Black Players


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LeSean McCoy was dealt to the Buffalo Bills by the Philadelphia Eagles over the winter and he doesn’t seem too happy about it.

The running back, who was extremely productive in his six seasons with the team that drafted him, spoke with ESPN’s Mike Rodak and didn’t hold back on Chip Kelly.

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. [Editor’s note: The Eagles declined to comment on McCoy’s statements.]

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.

There’s nothing subtle about that. Stephen A. Smith, of course, suggested something similar back in March 9.

It’s one thing coming from a paid provocateur. It’s another to have one of Kelly’s former players say this on the record.

Pretty ugly stuff. Even by NFL standards.

As luck would have it, the Bills and Eagles will play on Dec. 13. Get your popcorn and hot-take-reading glasses ready.


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