Stephen A. Smith was just on his show where idiots yell at each other — ESPN’s First Take — and he basically called Chip Kelly a racist. Or, he at least insinuated that Chip Kelly certainly prefers a certain kind of person. A white person.
The clip is above, but if Stephen A.’s voice makes your blood boil like it does mine, here’s what he said:
“Chip Kelly makes decisions over the last couple of years that dare I say leave a few brothas feeling uncomfortable. I think that’s fair to say. We’re sitting here looking at some of the decisions that Chip Kelly makes and I’m like what is up … what’s up with that?
It’s like you gotta be his kinda guy, you know? And when Riley Cooper’s your kind of guy…
Let’s get beyond the system though, the operative word is culture. The culture is what resonates with me more profoundly because I’m looking at Chip Kelly and I’m like … really?
I mean, this is Philadelphia. I’m always in Philly, and I’m telling you right now you got people walking the streets and and and … hell with it … you got brothas walking the streets going like ‘What’s up with Chip? I don’t understand this.’
Now I’m not saying I know, I’m just gonna say that it does strike me as a tad bit odd. I’m gonna repeat this. Gone: LeSean McCoy, Jeremy Maclin, ya know, DeSean Jackson. Staying: Riley Cooper.”
Note: This whole time, Skip Bayless is obnoxiously saying “Agree. I agree. Agree.” in the background.
It’s worth pointing out, of course, that Stephen A. is going into all of this completely devoid of context. The Eagles have never fully stated why they got rid of DeSean Jaccson, but it seemed to be an issue of how he handled himself in the locker room (an issue that continued in Washington). LeSean McCoy is likely gone because running backs are the most replaceable position in the NFL and Chip saw that he could dump some cap space and move McCoy while he still had (high)value and also pick up a young defensive talent. Jeremy Maclin is gone because Andy Reid decided he would overpay for him.
Smith’s right about Riley Cooper. He mostly stinks, and the Eagles will be in a rough spot if he goes into this season as something more than a third option. But what Stephen A. didn’t mention is that while McCoy, Maclin, and Jackson are all black players who are now out of Kelly’s system, Todd Herremans is a white player that’s gone. And Byron Maxwell and Frank Gore are two black players whom Chip will reportedly sign during free agency. Confusion about what Kelly is doing and the way he’s doing it is understandable. I’m not sure I get all the moves he’s making (and I doubt I will until the season actually starts). But to put a racial spin on it is a bit ridiculous. Though, I’m pretty sure “A Bit Ridiculous” is what the “A” in Stephen A. Smith stands for.
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