Stephen A. Smith Intimates Chip Kelly’s Roster Moves Might Have Racial Undertones
To Stephen A. Smith, Chip Kelly's admittedly far-reaching overhaul of the Philadelphia Eagles has raised a few questions about his motives. According to Smith, fans are beginning to connect the dots and smell something wretched -- African-American Eagles fans, specifically. How could someone let LeSean McCoy, Trent Cole and Jeremy Maclin walk, but Riley Cooper -- who is white and pretty horrible -- gets to stay?
Could there be more to it than the fact that retaining McCoy, Cole and Maclin would've handicapped the Eagles' ability to sign other quality players during the NFL's free agency period? Is it possible that the Eagles are altering their personnel to fit a rather specific offensive system? Does it mean anything that two of the three major additions to their roster are white guys, but the ALL major departures are African-Americans? Could Chip Kelly be purging his team of the black guys, and instead restarting the Third Reich by amassing a racist superteam hellbent on world domination?
Stephen A. Smith intimated that he and "brothers in Philadelphia" are starting to smell something racial about Kelly's recent roster moves.
Skip Bayless: What do you think it shows that Jeremy Maclin chose to go to his original Philadelphia coach in Kansas City?
Stephen A. Smith: Can I say it? It's gonna be controversial. Chip Kelly makes decisions over the last couple of years that dare i say leave a few brothers feeling uncomfortable. we're sitting there looking at some of the decisions that chip kelly makes and i'm like, what is -- what's up with that? you got to be his kind of guy, you know, and i'm like, cooper is your kind of guy?
Skip Bayless: he's creating a system of culture that he wants it to be on his terms.
Stephen A. Smith: let's get beyond the system. the operative word is culture. the culture is what resonates with me more profoundly because i'm looking at a chip kelly and i'm like, really? you got to remember, skip, where did i work for 16 years? this is philadelphia. you know what i'm saying. i'm always in philly. i'm telling you right now, you got people walking the streets -- hell with it. you got brothers walking the streets going like this. "what's up with chip?" i don't understand it. i really don't understand. i'm not saying i know but i'm just going to say it does strike me as a tad bit odd. i'm going to repeat this. gone, lesean mccoy, jeremy maclin, you know, desean jackson. staying, cooper. really? really?
Full disclosure: The Eagles offered Jeremy Maclin a $9 million yearly contract and Maclin wanted $11 million, making him the eighth highest-paid player at the wide receiver position in the NFL. Is he the eighth best? Do racists offer $9 million contracts to people they don't want on their football team? Why would anyone think these moves are about anything other than money?
Seriously, what the hell is Stephen A. Smith saying?
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