Buffalo Bills: LeSean McCoy Lashes Out at Media


Buffalo Bills: LeSean McCoy Lashes Out at Media

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LeSean McCoy has only been with the Buffalo Bills three months, since being traded from the Philadelphia Eagles. However, he’s already make headlines during his short time in Western New York.

In particular, the biggest news regarding McCoy related to an interview he did with ESPN The Magazine. Talking about his former coach, Chip Kelly, the running back said he got rid of all the good black players.

In the interest of fairness, here is what McCoy said at the time: ” 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.

May 26, 2015; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy (25) runs with the ball during the organized team activities at the ADPRO Sports Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

“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 with context, this was seen as an implication that Kelly is in some way racist. In any event, it now appears McCoy has decided he no longer wishes to talk about his original comments, although he did say he stands by what he said.

The 26-year old spoke to the media on Wednesday, including the Toronto Sun: “I don’t have to explain myself to nobody.

“Nobody. I don’t. I said what I said, said what I felt at the time and I’m done with that.”

Of course, the media being the media, they didn’t let it go, with McCoy lashing out after a follow-up question: “Did you just hear what I just said here?

“I just told you I’m not talking no more about Chip Kelly or the Eagles. So I’m done with that. You can ask me about the Bills.”

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Understandably, Kelly tried to reach out to his former player on multiple occasions, after hearing of the initial comments. The former Oregon Ducks head coach claimed his calls were not accepted.

However, McCoy still would not answer the media, instead getting further agitated: “Yo? Are y’all listening to me? Can I say it any other way?

“I’m not talking about Chip Kelly or no Eagles. So I’ll be done with this interview if nobody else has anything to say about the Bills.”

McCoy isn’t the first person to allude to possible racism by Kelly, with ESPN analyst Stephen A Smith previously suggesting the same back in March: “Chip Kelly makes decisions over the last couple of years that, dare I say, leave a few brothers feeling uncomfortable.

“I think that’s fair to say. I mean, we’re sitting here looking at some of the decisions that Chip Kelly makes and I’m like what is up? What’s up with that?

“I mean, it’s like you’ve got to be his kind of guy, you know? And I’m like, well, Riley Cooper’s your kind of guy?”

Overall, in my humble opinion, to imply Kelly is a racist is wrong. I pride myself on being objective, but if this was the case, why would the Eagles head coach sign the likes of DeMarco Murray and Byron Maxwell?

It would be interesting to ask McCoy this, except for the fact he’s no longer going to talk about it, which is a pity. I personally feel you should not be able to make an accusation, but then not deal with the repercussions of it, especially if it is unclear how legitimate it is.