After being traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Brandon Boykin was mad. He jumped on the “Chip’s a racist” bandwagon, told his story in the Players Tribune, and pretty much brought it up any chance he got. In his own words, in the Tribune, here’s what Boykin said about the trade:
“He said the Steelers had been trying to get me for a while, but he kept turning down their trade offers. That day, as I was taking the field for conditioning tests, the Steelers called again, this time, offering a conditional fifth-round pick for me, and he couldn’t pass it up. He told me he thought it was a great opportunity for me. I wanted a bigger role, and I’d have that chance in Pittsburgh.”
In 2014 for the Eagles, Boykin played 495 snaps in 16 games, or 42.7% of the available snaps. In 2015 with the Steelers, he played 211 snaps in 16 games, or 20.7%. He didn’t stay with the team he wanted and didn’t get what he wanted from his new one. That’s probably one reason why he’s still mad. And with Chip Kelly recently fired, Boykin had another chance to speak his
“You can’t trick players or pretend to be someone you’re not if the results aren’t there. The guys who were man enough to make a difference and do something about it were axed or (Kelly) acted like there were sour grapes or whatever. We were telling the truth, and people see that now. We are grown men, and he overlooked that aspect of it. He acted like he was better and smarter than people at his level, and that’s where the respect was lost.”
This time around, Boykin puts his own spin on LeSean McCoy’s “good black players” argument by saying the players who were cut or traded were the only ones who were man enough to do something about it. Boykin will never pass up a chance to compliment himself.
Did Chip Kelly act like he was better and smarter? Possibly. Some players certainly seemed to think so. But if you’re a year removed from the team, hardly played for your new squad, and can never shut up about the dude who used to be your coach, it might not take much.