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LeSean McCoy blasts Chip Kelly: ‘He got rid of all the black players — the good ones’

(Associated Press)

It’s safe to say LeSean McCoy is still holding a grudge against Philadelphia Eagles Coach Chip Kelly after the team traded him to the Buffalo Bills in March. In fact, he’s now accusing Kelly of being a straight-up racist.

Here’s the quote, from ESPN the Magazine:

“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.”

McCoy goes on to say that “other players have talked about it” and mentioned ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith’s comments about the matter. In March, Smith said Kelly’s roster moves over the last couple of years have left “a few brothers feeling uncomfortable.”

What McCoy failed to mention: Of the six players Philadelphia took in last week’s NFL draft, five were black. Also un-noted by McCoy (but noted by Pro Football Talk): Kelly has made trollish comments about some of his white players, too, particularly Evan Mathis, the veteran guard who didn’t show up for voluntary workouts, most likely because he’s unhappy with his contract.

Later on, McCoy seemed to change his tune. “I have no hatred toward him, nothing to say negative about him,” he said.

Per ESPN, the Eagles declined to comment.