PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The news broke on March 3rd that the Eagles were going to trade LeSean McCoy to the Bills for Kiko Alonso.
McCoy’s enormous 2015 cap hit created speculation that he could be on his way out. Sure enough, in his first offseason with personnel control, Chip Kelly traded the Eagles’ all-time leading rusher.READ MORE: Pennsylvania Health Officials Seeing Increase In Tick-Borne Diseases
About a month later, McCoy began taking public jabs at Kelly, saying Kelly “doesn’t respect stars.”
Now, in an article on ESPN.com quoting McCoy from an ESPN the Magazine interview (which will be released in full on May 25th), McCoy discussed Kelly’s philosophy in controversially overhauling the Eagles’ roster.
“The relationship was never really great,” McCoy told ESPN the Magazine in an article published on Wednesday. “I feel like I always respected him [Kelly] 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.READ MORE: 36-Year-Old George Smith, Of New Jersey, Charged In 'Gas N Go' Fuel Spill In Delaware County
“Oh, man. People have heard it,” McCoy continued. “I mean … Stephen A. Smith has talked about it. Other players have talked about it. But that’s one of the things where you don’t even care no more. I’m on a new team, ready to play. So it’s nothing to do with Chip. I have no hatred toward him, nothing to say negative about him. When he got [to Philadelphia], I didn’t know what to expect. When he let DeSean go last year, I was like: ‘C’mon. DeSean Jackson?’ So it is what it is.”
Former Eagles Pro Bowl linebacker and co-host of the 94WIP Mike & Ike Show, Ike Reese, called McCoy’s comments misguided, immature, and petty (podcast included).
Kelly, of course, made numerous moves this offseason. Besides trading McCoy, Kelly traded Nick Foles, released Todd Herremans, Trent Cole, and Cary Williams, and let Jeremy Maclin go to free-agency.
To replace McCoy in the backfield, the Eagles signed the NFL’s reigning rushing champion in DeMarco Murray, as well as former San Diego Chargers back Ryan Mathews.MORE NEWS: 'End Of Watch Ride To Remember': Motorcycle Ride Honoring Fallen Officers Makes Stop In Philadelphia
You can read the full ESPN.com article here.