Buffalo Bills running back was not shy about calling out his former head coach Chip Kelly for racism after being traded away from the Philadelphia Eagles in the offseason, and those hard feelings have not seemed to dissipate at all.
Buffalo Bills running back has not been shy about calling out his former head coach Chip Kelly for racism after being traded away from the Philadelphia Eagles in the offseason, and those hard feelings have not seemed to dissipate at all.
According to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Kelly attempted to call McCoy on Tuesday ahead of the game between the Bills and the Eagles on Sunday. McCoy answered the call after not recognizing the number, but hung up immediately after Kelly identified himself.
Earlier this week, McCoy was emphatic in saying that he would not shake Kelly’s hand, a gesture the coach said he would offer during the game.
He has also made it clear that a win over his former team this week means much more than just a normal game. On Tuesday, McCoy told his teammates that he needs their help getting some revenge.
"Today he walked in the building, full of juice, full of energy," running back Boobie Dixon said. "He walked pretty much in a lot of guys' faces and just let us know, he need us this week. So I can't wait, man. I'm excited.”
McCoy was traded to the Bills in March for linebacker Kiko Alonso. On Thursday, Kelly acknowledged that he went about the trade the wrong way, saying that he should have talked to McCoy before the deal went down.
“I felt bad that I didn't get a chance to talk to him,” Kelly said. “I called him. He didn't answer my phone call. I know he was pissed, and he should be pissed and rightly so.”
McCoy and Eagles owner Jeff Lurie still shared a hug on the field before Philadelphia’s game against the Bills on Sunday.
The Bills also named McCoy their only captain Sunday, and McCoy kissed the Eagles logo at midfield before the start of the game.