“Please release me, let me go
For I don’t love you anymore
To waste our lives would be a sin
Release me and let me love again
Please release me, can’t you see
You’d be a fool to cling to me
To live our lives would bring us pain
So release me and let me love again
(Let me love, let me love)”
Those are the first and last verses to “Please Release Me” by Engelbert Humperdinck – his real name, Arnold Dorsey, just isn’t as SHOWBIZ. Why did we post this? Because Evan Mathis said it’s the video he texted Chip Kelly asking to be released.
In an interview that came out today with Denver’s 9News, Mathis told the story to Mike Klis via email:
Before Mathis encountered his decision between the Dolphins and Broncos, he first needed Philadelphia coach Chip Kelly to release him from his Eagles contract. Kelly was not willing to rework Mathis’ contract, as the previous Eagles’ regime had.
Most players would use their agent to handle such a task. Mathis directly texted Kelly with a YouTube video of Engelbert Humperdinck singing, “Please release me, let me go. …’’
Does this sound like some classic Mathis prank? Yes it does, but Jeff McLane backed him up:
Mathis continued in the interview, giving his opinion of Chip, as well as the timeline of his release:
“There were many things that Chip had done that showed me he wasn’t building a championship team. Two of the main issues that concerned me were: 1. A never-evolving, vanilla offense that forced our own defense to play higher than normal play counts. 2. His impatience with certain personality types even when they were blue-chip talents. The Broncos team I was on would have eaten Chip alive. I don’t think he could have handled the plethora of large personalities …
March 23rd: A report came out that the Eagles would release me if they couldn’t trade me.
March 25th: I sent Chip a text that had this YouTube link.
June 11th: Chip Kelly calls me to tell me they are releasing me to see if I can get what I want. I replied, “Are you sure you want to do that?”
Those are strong words from Mathis, who was never one to hold back, and it just leaves us with one question: Did Mathis have to Google around for that song, or is he a hardcore Humperdinckerhead?
Kyle: Mathis is a dickhead. Completely unnecessary shot from a guy whose career is basically over, so there will be no repercussions for acting like an entitled prick. You’re so cool, Evan.