LeSean McCoy Says ‘There’s a Reason Chip Kelly Got Rid of All the Black Players’

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Bills running back LeSean McCoy hasn’t been shy about expressing his distaste for Chip Kelly.

After McCoy said in April that he didn’t believe his former coach “likes or respects the stars” on Philly’s roster, Shady took it a step further in an interview with ESPN The Magazine.

“The relationship was never really great,” McCoy said of Kelly. “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 when reached by NFL Media.

“Oh, man. People have heard it,” said McCoy, when asked if other players shared his view on Kelly. “I mean … (ESPN’s) 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.”

While Kelly has dispatched his share of star players, he filled McCoy’s spot with both DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews before using a first-round pick on wideout Nelson Agholor. Those moves and others during Kelly’s tenure don’t exactly support McCoy’s claims.

McCoy wasn’t made available to the media on Wednesday, but Bills coach Rex Ryan reminded reporters: “I’m not going to put a muzzle on any of our players.”

His comments won’t sit well in Philadelphia, but McCoy still expects applause when the Bills visit the Eagles in Week 14.

“I do love the Eagles‘ fans,” McCoy said. “I have nothing but great memories there, so I’m excited to go back. I’m sure that they’ll show me some love. I have nothing but love for that city.”


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