“I think it’s an issue — you look at what’s gone on in Tulsa and in Charlotte the last two nights — it’s an issue that’s at the forefront of our country,” Kelly said. “And it needs to be addressed and be taken care of because what’s going on is not right. So I think, again, he’s shedding light on a situation that is heinous. And shouldn’t happen in this country. We all have inalienable rights as a citizen and this country and they’re being violated. And I think that’s what Colin is standing up for.” - Chip Kelly
Would you look at that! Chip Kelly; Equal rights enthusiast. Who woulda thunk it!?!
Now, I will be the first to say that I never - throughout LeSean McCoy's repetitive attacks on his character - thought that Chip Kelly was legitimately racist. I legit think it would be impossible for a prejudice person to scoot all the way up through the ranks to the pinnacle of their professional when that professional is predicated on maintaining personal relationships with an endless amount of black people. Call me crazy, but if Chip Kelly wasn't a big fan of African Americans his true colors probably would've shown through at some point between the late 80's and his eventual ousting from Philadelphia.
BUT...there was quite the influx of caucasians when he took the reigns. Can't ignore the fact that the locker room got a litttttle bit paler under his watch. I certainly don't think he released DeSean Jackson because he was black, but the fact that the was replaced in the lineup by a dude named Riley that was dropping 'N' bombs at country concerts probably didn't do too much to silence the critics. Again, I think it was a matter of circumstance, but a player calling his former coach a racist is like a false rape allegation - that shit sticks forever regardless of it's validity...
...Unless that coach happens to skip town and end up in the eye of a racial controversy that's being spearheaded by the backup quarterback that he very easily could have cut. Don't you dare try to tell me all the hearsay about his proclivity for white players didn't at least cross Chip Kelly's mind when he decided to keep the peaceful protester that had become the face of the battle against oppression around past preseason. I'm not saying it had everything to do with his inclusion on the final 53, but I'm also not going to pretend that his inclusion isn't a good look for someone whose suffered through quite a few bad looks. Is there a better proverbial "black friend" than a black friend that's bearing the cross for the entire race? I don't think he truly owed anyone an explanation for such absurd claims from a scorned player, but Chip Kelly's "token" has paid his debts - and then some - for perceived prejudice.