The Philadelphia Eagles have made a number of surprising decisions this offseason but few registered as as much of a shock as the move to trade away star running back LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills.
Exchanging McCoy for the rehabbing Kiko Alonso left many Eagles fans dumfounded after they had seen the RB improve in Kelly's system towards the end of the 2014 season.
McCoy too didn't exactly react well to the move - initially question head coach Chip Kelly's logic. He has gone one step further today though in claiming the HC's decision was motivated by race.
Speaking in an interview for ESPN the Magazine, McCoy spoke about the tough working relationship he had with the former Oregon man, before linking his, and other's departures, to the color of his skin.
"The relationship was never really great," explained McCoy. 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..."
These are strong accusations from LeSean McCoy that is for certain. Despite not elaborating on just why he thinks Chip Kelly was keen to eradicate the Eagles of "good black players," the running back is essentially claiming key roster decisions have been made on the back of race.
ESPN reporter Stephen A. Smith speculated along similar lines earlier this year without going so far as to spell it out as McCoy has done today.
But, while the Eagles did part ways with both the likes of McCoy, Jeremy Maclin and Trent Cole in the offseason, Chip Kelly's offseason overhaul appears to have been very color blind. Nick Foles for instance was jettisoned while Kelly has openly talked about the potential trade of multiple time Pro Bowler Evan Mathis.
Meanwhile Philadelphia have brought in perhaps 2014's best "good black player" in the former of reigning Offensive Player of the Year DeMarco Murray.
LeSean McCoy's latest comments are likely to require some sort of response - in the form of a flat out rejection - from the Philadelphia Eagles.
While we await that, though, it is worth noting that McCoy and the Bills are heading to Philadelphia in December. Money on McCoy and Kelly going in for a handshake?
Eagles fans: What do you make of LeSean McCoy's accusations? Let us know in the comments section below...
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