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NFL Running Back Suggests His Former Coach Is Racist

By    |   Wednesday, 06 May 2015 02:53 PM

National Football League running back LeSean McCoy, in an interview with ESPN, suggested Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly is a racist.

McCoy, who was traded to the Buffalo Bills in March after playing for the Eagles for six years, told ESPN.com that Kelly's personnel decisions involving black players were telling.

"The relationship was never really great. I feel like I always respected him as a coach," McCoy said. "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.

McCoy was then asked if other players had the same opinion of Kelly.

"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," McCoy said.

"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."

ESPN reported that the Eagles declined to comment on McCoy's comments.

Earlier this year, ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith — who is black — essentially accused Kelly of racism.

"Chip Kelly makes decisions over the last couple of years that, dare I say, leave a few brothers feeling uncomfortable," Smith said. "I think that's fair to say. We're sitting here looking at some of the decisions that Chip Kelly makes and I'm like, what is up — what's up with that? It's like you gotta be his kinda guy, you know? And when Riley Cooper's your kind of guy?

"I'm saying, let's get beyond the system, though the operative word is "culture." The culture is what resonates with me more profoundly because I'm looking at Chip Kelly and I'm like, really?

"Now, you gotta remember, Skip. Where did I work for 16 years? I mean, this is Philadelphia," Smith said to ESPN's Skip Bayless. "I'm always in Philly, and I'm telling you right now you got people walking the streets and — the hell with it — you got brothers walking the streets going like, 'What's up with Chip? I don't understand this.'

"Now, I'm not saying I know, I'm just gonna say that it does strike me as a tad bit odd. I'm gonna repeat this. Gone: LeSean McCoy, Jeremy Maclin, ya know, DeSean Jackson. Staying: Riley Cooper. Really? Really?"

Kelly worked as a college football coach for 12 years, including a three-season stint as the head coach at the University of Oregon from 2009 to 2012. The Eagles then hired him as their head coach starting in 2013.

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