McCoy: ‘I Stand By Everything I Said Before’
Five days before his return to Philadelphia, LeSean McCoy spoke to 94WIP this morning about the Eagles and Chip Kelly. He said he doesn’t regret his comments to ESPN The Magazine in May about how Kelly got rid of “all the good black players.”
“I really don’t,” McCoy said. “One thing about myself, I will never take back nothing I say. I have my own reasons to feel how I felt. I think that’s the difference between me and other players, they won’t say how they feel. I’m different. I speak how I feel.
“But I really don’t want too relive that. I really don’t want to go back to that. I said what I said. It is what it is. I have no issue with Chip. I don’t have no hatred or nothing against him. I mean, we’re not best friends or nothing like that, but I have nothing negative to say about him.”
McCoy, who was a guest on The Mike And Ike Show, said he was “excited” to play the Eagles, before adding it would be “weird.” When pressed on his previous comments, McCoy added that he wasn’t calling Kelly a racist.
“I’m not going to make it a racist thing, a black and white thing. I’m not going to even get into that topic. That’s old. It is what it is,” McCoy said. “People want to take it that way, they can or if they don’t. If you really know me, you know who I am. I embrace all people and all colors.”
McCoy reaffirmed that he was “upset” and “didn’t understand” the trade at first, but he has since moved on. The running back also discussed his emotions when he initially made his comments about Kelly.
“I think some things you may say from anger, I can see that, and I was definitely angry, but like I told you before, I’m not going to change anything I said,” McCoy said. “I stand by everything I said before. And I don’t have no problems with Chip or nothing like that. No hatred. No nothing, at all. But like I said, I stand by it. I don’t take it back.”
After cutting Miles Austin, the Eagles signed linebacker Steven Means from the Texans’ practice squad. The former Raven and Buccaneer practiced today, but Eric Rowe, Bennie Logan and Lane Johnson did not.
Ryan Mathews, who has missed the last three games due to a concussion, warmed up with the team. However, it’s unknown if he has been completely cleared. Cedric Thornton, who didn’t play on Sunday against the Patriots, is “day-to-day,” according to Billy Davis.