[Ed. – What else could it be?]
As part of an offseason overhaul, the Philadelphia Eagles have elected not to re-sign several of their big free agents. Among the big departures are running back LeSean McCoy, defensive end Trent Cole, and wide receiver Jeremy Maclin — all black athletes.
That last fact has led ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith to wonder whether there might be racial/cultural motives behind the Eagles’ general manager Chip Kelly‘s decision to allow those big-name black players to walk while a mediocre white player like Riley Cooper gets resigned.
During a segment of Early Take this morning, Smith connected the racism dots:
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 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?
SKIP BAYLESS: He’s creating a system of culture that he wants it to be on his terms.