PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — About two months after Chip Kelly was given complete personnel control of the Philadelphia Eagles, he traded the franchise’s leading rusher in LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills.
Approximately two months after the trade, in an interview with ESPN the Magazine, McCoy implied there were racial reasons Kelly released and traded some of his star players saying, “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.”READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: Another Round Of Snow Expected Overnight Into Thursday Morning Commute
McCoy joined the 94WIP Mike & Ike Show on Tuesday, five days ahead of his Week 14 return to Philadelphia, with hosts Michael Barkann, Ike Reese, and weekly guest Seth Joyner. McCoy refused to take back the controversial comments.
“I’m not gonna change anything I say,” McCoy said on 94WIP, when asked about the racial comments made back in May. “I stand by everything I said before. And I don’t have no problems with Chip, no hatred. Nothing at all. Everything I said, I stand by it. I don’t take it back.
Listen: LeSean McCoy on the 94WIP Mike & Ike Show
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“One thing about myself, I would never take back nothing I say,” he continued. “I have my own reasons to feel how I felt. I think it’s the difference between me and other players. Is other players will only say how they feel. I’m different. I’ll speak how I feel, but I really don’t want to relive that. I said what I said, it is what it is. I have no issue with Chip. I don’t have no hatred or nothing against him. We’re not best friends or nothing like that, but I have nothing negative to say about him.”
As for the game, emotions will be high for the former three-time Pro Bowl Eagles running back, as his 6-6 Bills face the 5-7 Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday.
“It’s gonna be exciting, but it’s a little weird,” McCoy said of his return to Philly. “Just the small things of just driving to the stadium, not being the home team. Just the fans, they’ve been so good to me for so long. So I’m just anxious to see how it goes, I really am.”
McCoy’s racial comments about Kelly — and understandably so — may have rubbed some Eagles fans the wrong way. McCoy realizes he may be booed, but says he has respect for Eagles fans regardless.MORE NEWS: Massachusetts Man Sentenced To 4 Years In Prison After Convicted Of Sending Racist, Misogynistic Threats To Philadelphia Police Commissioner Outlaw
“I’ve been good to the fans since I’ve been there and I’ve got so much love there,” McCoy said. “I’m just anxious to see how it works out. The good thing about the Philly fans, I know them. I know there’s times as an Eagle we weren’t playing well and they would let us know. There’s times we played well and they would let us know. So, we’ll see. It don’t matter if it’s a boo or if they’re congratulating me, I have a lot of respect and love for the city and the fans. So it doesn’t make a big deal for me.”