Chip Kelly: ‘Disrespected’ LeSean McCoy ‘should be pissed, rightly so’
Did Chip Kelly just throw water on the fire?
The Philadelphia Eagles head coach got his chance to respond on Thursday, one day after his former running back, LeSean McCoy, said that he wouldn’t shake Kelly’s hand when his Buffalo Bills meet the Eagles on Sunday in Philadelphia. McCoy seems to still harbor resentment over his offseason trade to Buffalo, that came as a surprise to him.
"Chip can’t shake (anything)," McCoy said on Wednesday. "He can’t call me. He can’t shake my hand. There’s nothing he can do with me. He can’t say (anything) to me. It’s as simple as that."
Kelly responded on Thursday, and acknowledged that McCoy has every right to be upset.
"How he was traded wasn’t handled right and I’ve said that before," Kelly said to reporters. "I did not get an opportunity to talk to him and it’s a lesson that we should never do, to be honest with you. We were told that the trade wasn’t initiated and wouldn’t be initiated until the next morning, so there were no calls to be made.
"And then all of a sudden, I’m driving to an event and he’s been traded. I felt bad that I didn’t get a chance to talk to him. I called him, he didn’t answer my phone call. I know he was pissed and he should be pissed, rightly so."
Kelly went on.
"And I understand why he’s bothered. He was an all-time leading running back here, I felt like he was disrespected and it was wrong . . .
"I understand where he’s coming from and if he doesn’t want to shake my hand, I understand that. But I will always shake his hand. If he extends his hand to me, I would always shake his hand. I have great respect for him as a player. Everything we asked him to do here, he did. He was an outstanding football player for two years here. The ony reason he wasn’t here was that the money was too high."
And there you have it.