PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy had a close relationship during their respective tenures with the Philadelphia Eagles, with the veteran Vick often serving as the big brother type to McCoy.
Last month, McCoy made controversial comments about Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, stating Kelly got rid of the “good, black players the fastest.” Vick, who played under Kelly in Philly for the 2013 season—Kelly’s first in the NFL—disagrees with McCoy.
“Shady said that for his own reasons,” Vick said at a celebrity golf event via NJ.com. “I know Chip personally and I don’t feel that way about him. I try not to even look at it that way.
“I don’t know why Shady said that. Maybe it was because of personal encounters. We just try to leave it at that, but I know Shady has moved on, Chip has moved on and we should all leave it at that.”
Vick, a free-agent turning 35 next week who still wants to play, is still giving McCoy advice.
“I try to give my little piece of advice that I can offer him,” Vick said. “He’s his own man. He has his own feelings and emotions. So I can’t interfere with that. The only thing I try to tell him is stay positive, don’t expose yourself so much. You’re still blessed to be playing in the NFL, a great league, and don’t take things so personal. Your life is great on and off the field. Keep it that way.”
Vick was regarded as the leader of the Eagles while he was with the team, known for defusing the infamous Riley Cooper incident. Vick and Cooper still stay in touch.
“I talked to Cooper two weeks ago. He called me looking for Shady,” Vick said. “We all stay in contact. That is the way it’s supposed to be.”