LeSean McCoy’s departure from the Philadelphia Eagles was the most shocking thing to happen surrounding the team since the departure of DeSean Jackson a year prior. To some, there’s some sort of theme going on in Philly with Chip Kelly, especially since Riley Cooper is still a member of the team. Stephen A. Smith said as much and was soundly criticized for this.
In an interview with ESPN The Magazine, LeSean McCoy took Smith’s comments and was much more direct. Whether or not there’s any merit to McCoy’s claim, you certainly can’t blame him from feeling this way. In fact, he still hasn’t spoken to 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.]