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Old 03-09-2015, 11:36 AM   #1
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ESPNís Stephen A. Smith suggests racism in Chip Kellyís roster moves

Posted by Michael David Smith on March 9, 2015, 1:31 PM EDT

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Stephen A. Smith is too smart to come right out and call Chip Kelly a racist. Smith knows that an accusation like that would require evidence, and Smith has none.

So what Smith did on ESPN First Take today is he merely implied that Kelly is a racist, going over a selection of Kellyís recent roster moves and then hinting that Kelly might not want black players in his locker room.

ďChip Kelly makes decisions over the last couple of years that, dare I say, leave a few brothers feeling uncomfortable,Ē Smith said. ďI think thatís fair to say. I mean, weíre sitting here looking at some of the decisions that Chip Kelly makes and Iím like what is up? Whatís up with that? I mean, itís like youíve got to be his kind of guy, you know? And Iím like, well, Riley Cooperís your kind of guy?Ē

By mentioning Cooper, Smith was implying that Kelly is OK with the fact that Cooper used the N-word in a much-publicized video in 2013. The truth is Kelly was not OK with that; the Eagles fined Cooper and sent him home from training camp. But Cooperís continued presence on the team ó combined with the release of a few high-profile black players ó makes Smith question Kellyís motives. According to Smith, Kelly isnít only looking for players who fit into his system on the field. Kelly is also looking for players who fit into the culture that Kelly wants in his locker room, and Smith questions what kind of culture that is.

ďLetís get beyond the system, the operative word is Ďculture,'Ē Smith said. ďThe culture is what resonates with me more profoundly because Iím looking at a Chip Kelly and Iím like, really? Now, youíve got to remember, where did I work for 16 years? I mean, this is Philadelphia. You understand what Iím saying? Iím always in Philly, and Iím telling you right now youíve got people walking the streets and, hell with it, youíve got brothers walking the streets going like ĎWhatís up with Chip? I donít understand this. I really donít understand what youíre doing.í Now Iím not saying I know, Iím just saying that it does strike me as a tad bit odd. Iím going to repeat this. Gone: LeSean McCoy, Jeremy Maclin, you know, DeSean Jackson. Staying: Riley Cooper. Really? Really? OK.Ē

Kelly has made dozens of personnel decisions with the Eagles, but Smith seems to see sinister motives in three of them: trading McCoy, letting Maclin walk away in free agency, and releasing Jackson. Smith, of course, failed to mention some of the white veterans Kelly has released, like James Casey and Todd Herremans, because that would undermine Smithís thesis.

Smith also failed to mention that the player Kelly acquired in the McCoy trade, Kiko Alonso, is Latino. And Smith fails to mention that the quarterback Kelly just signed to a new contract, Mark Sanchez, is of Mexican-American heritage. And Smith fails to mention that the quarterback Kelly desperately wants to draft, Marcus Mariota, is of Samoan heritage. And Smith fails to mention that the cornerback Kelly is expected to sign when free agency opens tomorrow, Byron Maxwell, is black. And Smith fails to mention that the running back Kelly is expected to sign when free agency opens tomorrow, Frank Gore, is black. If Kelly is a racist who wants to build a roster full of white guys, heís doing a spectacularly bad job of it.

But, again, Smith didnít say Kelly is a racist. Smith knows that a serious accusation like that would require serious evidence. And Smith has none.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...-roster-moves/
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Old 03-09-2015, 11:41 AM   #2
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i hope this blows up and they fire him for this but I doubt it will.
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Old 03-09-2015, 11:43 AM   #3
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Man I swear Stephen A Smith and Skip Bayless will say anything to get attention. I used to like Stephen A before he joined First Take but now he's gotten even worst than Skip.
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Didn't know Kelleys offensive philsophy is racist.

Chip is doing everything it takes to replace a white QB with a non white rookie QB.


Dam right he's racist towards whites!
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Old 03-09-2015, 11:54 AM   #5
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must be a slow day at the office for ESPN
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Click bait. E!spn at its finest. Also, does Steve Young and Michael Irving agree with Smith like they agreed with Rush?
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Stephen A.? How did you come up with that one?
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Man I swear Stephen A Smith and Skip Bayless will say anything to get attention. I used to like Stephen A before he joined First Take but now he's gotten even worst than Skip.
Never in the history of man have these words been spoken or written concurrently.
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Didn't kelly just sign Gore ?
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i hope this blows up and they fire him for this but I doubt it will.
Hey we agree on something.
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Man I swear Stephen A Smith and Skip Bayless will say anything to get attention. I used to like Stephen A before he joined First Take but now he's gotten even worst than Skip.

http://youtu.be/er4AsQZpgR8


Shoot. I forgot they did a bonus of Stuart A Scott. That guy was classy IMO. Can't say the same for Stephen A.

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I agree, used to really like Stephen A. First take has turned into a circus, and Skip isn't much better. Lucky for me, I'm never at home in the mornings to watch that show anymore.
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I agree, used to really like Stephen A. First take has turned into a circus, and Skip isn't much better. Lucky for me, I'm never at home in the mornings to watch that show anymore.
Right! Prior to First Take Stephen A. wasn't that bad. Now it seems like he and Skip Bayless try to out A-hole each other in order to get national attention. I really don't think they believe half the crap they say. They just say things!
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If Chip Kelly is racist, then he's in the wrong business.
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Right! Prior to First Take Stephen A. wasn't that bad. Now it seems like he and Skip Bayless try to out A-hole each other in order to get national attention. I really don't think they believe half the crap they say. They just say things!
Exactly. It's gotten worse over the years. At least we still have Around the Horn and PTI. Debate that isn't over the top for the sake of being over the top.
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