Chip Kelly has made plenty of crazy headlines this offseason, but now it seems he is spending more time trying to defuse them rather than create them.
The Philadelphia Eagles head coach started the offseason by making a series of slightly bizarre trades just shortly after receiving ultimate power of the Eagles' football operations.
First there was the trade of starting running back and NFL star LeSean McCoy for a coming-off-injury player in Kiko Alonso of the Buffalo Bills, before Kelly then shipped out starting quarterback Nick Foles in exchange for the Rams' Sam Bradford.
Claims of racism
Then Kelly decided to bring in not one, but two quality running backs in DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews. And last but not least, Kelly signed Tim Tebow. Just mental.
But one of the more weird headlines this offseason has been the one which pits ex-Eagle McCoy firmly against his former boss, with the tailback claiming Kelly wants to get rid of all of Philadelphia's good black players.
The claim from McCoy seems farfetched to say the least, and speaking about the comments from the Bills running back, Chip Kelly addressed the issue on Thursday at Philly's OTA session, with the head coach dismissing the validity of McCoy's statement.
"Yeah, I've got great respect for LeSean," Kelly told NFL.com on Thursday. "However, in that situation, I think he's wrong. We put in a lot of time into looking at the characters and factors that go into the selection and retention of players and color's never been one of them."
Kelly told the press on Thursday that he has attempted to call McCoy and the running back's agent numerous times since the derogatory comments, but Kelly maintains that McCoy's thoughts didn't bother him too much.
"It doesn't hurt me. I'm not governed by the fear of what people say," Kelly added. "Events don't elicit feelings. I think beliefs elicit feelings, and I understand what my beliefs are and I know who I am."
What do you make of Kelly's response to McCoy's claims? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
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