McCoy on Chip Kelly: He got rid of 'all the good black players'

Published May. 6, 2015 10:59 a.m. ET

LeSean McCoy didn't hide his displeasure when he was stunningly traded from the Philadelphia Eagles to the Buffalo Bills in March.

Time apparently has not softened McCoy's stance, telling ESPN The Magazine that Eagles head coach Chip Kelly got rid of "all the good black players."

"The relationship was never really great," McCoy said. "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 didn't elaborate on the reason, but his criticism of Kelly has been well-documented.

McCoy, who was dealt to the Bills for linebacker Kiko Alonso, told the Philadelphia Inquirer in April that "I don't think he likes or respects the stars. I'm being honest. I think he likes the fact that it's 'Chip Kelly and the Eagles.' "

Kelly cut All-Pro wide receiver DeSean Jackson in 2014, the first of many surprising moves made by the former Oregon head coach. Kelly dealt starting quarterback Nick Foles and draft picks to the St. Louis Rams for Sam Bradford and picks this offseason.

McCoy believes that Kelly wants all the credit and does not want to share it with his players.


"It was 'DeSean Jackson -- a high-flying, take-off-the-top-of-the-defense receiver.' Or 'The quick, elusive LeSean McCoy,' " McCoy said in April. "I don't think [Kelly] likes that."