After being traded from the Eagles to the Steelers, former Eagles cornerback Brandon Boykin told the media that Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly has trouble relating to a certain demographic of players.
Some of the highlights from Boykin were:
â€œHe canâ€™t relate [to black players], and that makes him uncomfortable,â€ Boykin added in an interview Saturday night with Comcast SportsNet. â€œHe likes to be in total control of everything and he donâ€™t like to be uncomfortable.â€™â€™
When asked to elaborate he went to add:
â€œIâ€™m not saying heâ€™s a racist at all,â€ Boykin told Pittsburgh reporters. â€œWhen you are a player, you want to be able to relate to your coach outside of football. There were times [Kelly] just wouldnâ€™t talk to people. You would walk down the hallway, and he wouldnâ€™t say anything to you.â€
Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez had a witty reply to that on twitter:
â€œ[During stretching Sunday], guys were like, â€˜Sanchez, ainâ€™t you Mexican? And [quarterback Sam] Bradford, arenâ€™t you Native-American?â€™â€™â€™ Sanchez said. â€œAnd [new linebacker] Kiko [Alonso] is Colombian.
â€œWeâ€™ve got black guys, white guys, Polynesian guys. Come on, thatâ€™s crazy [to accuse Kelly of racism]. Itâ€™s not even worth talking about. Stop asking the players about it. Itâ€™s getting old.â€
So to summarize, the guys who got traded seem to be mad. Â The guys who are still here seem to like him.
Kelly spoke to Albert Breer about the situation and told him that if anyone wants to talk about the team, he’s happy to discuss it. Â But his personal life? Â He doesn’t understand why anyone would care.
â€œI just think itâ€™s bizarre. Â I just coach football. Thatâ€™s what itâ€™s all about. Why people want to know about that other part, I donâ€™t know. Iâ€™m not a social media guy, I donâ€™t tweet, I donâ€™t Facebook, whatever all that stuff is. Itâ€™s no different than Darren Sproles [not liking to] talk to the media. It bothers me when people donâ€™t respect that. Because you play a professional sport or you coach a professional sport, why does it have to be like that?â€
â€œI have a very bland, quiet life,â€ Kelly said. â€œThereâ€™s not a lot there. And Iâ€™m not hiding anything, either. Thereâ€™s no revelations. You wanna talk football? Iâ€™ll talk football. Thatâ€™s my job.â€
So what does all of this mean? Â Well, Kelly’s probably a little bit socially awkward and that comes off the wrong way. Â Does it matter? Â That depends on how many games the Eagles win this season. Â If they struggle, fans and the media will use this as a reason why he should be fired. Â If they excel, absolutely no one, but those players who have been cut or traded, will care at all.