“When you’re a player, you want to be able to relate to your coach off the field,” Boykin told reporters at the Steelers training camp. “There were times he just didn’t talk to people. You would walk down the hallway, he wouldn’t say anything to you. I’m not saying he’s a racist in any way.”
Boykin added that other players shared his sentiments about Kelly. “I felt a lot of guys in that locker room feel the same way,” he said. “Of course, when you’re in the organization, you’re not going to voice your opinion. For me, I’ve always been a guy of honesty. Not trying to put anybody out in any way, but if you’re honest with me, I’ll be honest with you, and I felt like that honesty wasn’t there all the time.”
So it’s either one of two things:
1) Boykin is retreating and doubling-down on semantics. I said “culture.” You know, like young guys. Football guys. Oh, oh, haha, you thought I meant black players? Haha. No. Just young guys. Yeah, totally that. Not black players at all. That would be CRAAAAAZY to say that. Lol. We good?
2) Boykin is an idiot and a baby and didn’t realize that his comments would throw off the race vibe when in reality he’s just overly sensitive and upset because Chip didn’t make small talk with him in the hallway.