Former Philadelphia Eagles and current Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy hinted that Eagles head coach Chip Kelly was making roster decisions based on race. Kelly fired back on Thursday saying McCoy was “wrong” to suggest that.
“I’ve got great respect for LeSean,” Kelly told ESPN. “However, in that situation, I think he’s wrong. We put a lot of time looking into character and factors that go into selection and retention of players. Color’s never been one of them.”
Here are the comments McCoy made earlier in the offseason:
“I think that’s the way he runs his team,” McCoy said in early May. “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.”
Even though Kelly doesn’t agree with the comments made, he is not adversely affected by them.
“It doesn’t hurt me,” Kelly said. “I’m not governed by the fear of what other people say. Events don’t elicit feelings. Beliefs elicit feeling. I understand what my beliefs are and I know how I am.”