Stephen A. Smith Suggests Racism In Eagles Coach Chip Kelly’s Roster Moves (Video)

Mar 10 2015

Stephen A. Smith has created yet another controversy for himself by suggesting that Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly’s offseason roster moves have been racially motivated.

The ESPN loudmouth used Monday’s episode of “First Take” to question what Kelly’s true reasons were in getting rid of black players like LeSean McCoy, Trent Cole and Jeremy Maclin while keeping Riley Cooper, the underproducing white wide reciver who was filmed using racial epithets at a Kenny Chesney concert in 2013.

“Chip Kelly makes decisions over the last couple of years that, dare I say, leave a few brothers feeling uncomfortable,” Smith said, before hinting that a player’s skin color, not talent, is what Kelly is most interested in.


“We’re sitting there looking at some of the decisions Chip Kelly makes and I’m like, what is up with that? You got to be his kind of guy, you know, and I’m like, Cooper is your kind of guy?”

Fellow “First Take” pundit Skip Bayless said he “totally agree[d]” with Smith but was more than happy letting his co-host go it alone with the more inflammatory allegations.

“Let’s get beyond the system. The operative word is ‘culture.’ The culture is what resonates with me more profoundly because I’m loking at Chip Kelly and, I’m like, really?

“I’m going to repeat this. Gone: Lesean McCoy, Jeremy Maclin, you know, DeSean Jackson. Staying: Cooper. Really? Really?”

Smith’s race-bating rant against Kelly comes months after he served a one-week suspension for his comments in the wake of the Ray Rice scandal suggesting that domestic abuse victims shared some responsibility for physical assault.


“Let’s make sure we don’t do anything to provoke wrong actions,” Smith said in July in resopnse to the video of Rice dragging his unconscious wife, Janay Palmer, out of an Atlantic City hotel elevator.

“If we come after somebody has put their hands on you, it doesn’t negate the fact that they already put their hands on you. So let’s try to make sure that we can do our part in making sure that that doesn’t happen.”

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