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LeSean McCoy doesn't regret his comments about Chip Kelly and race

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Former Eagles running back LeSean McCoy made some waves last month when he told an ESPN reporter that Chip Kelly "got rid of all the good black players" on the Eagles roster. McCoy was asked about his comments following a Buffalo Bills OTA practice on Wednesday. According to reports from Buffalo media, McCoy was none too eager to elaborate on his original comments.

Via Matthew Fairburn of Syracuse.com:

"I have nothing to say about that," McCoy said. "I'm in Buffalo. Everything in Philadelphia is over. I have nothing more to say really about it. So it is what it is. Everyone can make their own thoughts and assumptions about it, but I'm done talking about it."

McCoy did, however, make an incomplete accusation about race last month. When he was asked to expand upon it, he got testy.

"Did you just hear what I just said?" McCoy asked.

"I did," the reporter responded.

"So why did you ... I just told you I'm not talking no more about Chip Kelly or the Eagles," McCoy said. "So I'm done with that. You can ask me about the Bills. They looked good. A lot of players stepping up. The quarterbacks look wonderful. Myself, I'm playing well, along with the guys in the backfield. I'm trying to get this team going here. I have nothing else to say about Chip or the Eagles, alright?"

But doesn't the discussion of race deserve a bit more discussion?

"For what?" McCoy asked. "I don't need to explain myself to nobody. No, I don't. I said what I said. It's how I felt at the time and I'm done with that."

Kelly was asked about the comments last week and said McCoy is wrong. He also said McCoy hasn't returned any of his phone calls since the comments. Why hasn't he at least offered Kelly an explanation?

"Yo, are you all listening to me?" McCoy said. "Can I say it any other way? I'm not talking about Chip Kelly or no Eagles. I'm going to be done with this interview if nobody has anything else to say about the Bills."

The questions then shifted to McCoy's current team. Later in the interview, McCoy was asked if he regretted his comments.

"I never regret nothing I said," McCoy said. "Never. Nothing. I never regret it."

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Well, I don't know about "never." There was a time when McCoy deleted his Twitter account after getting into an argument with the mother of his child. But I digress.

McCoy has the right to not answer questions, but it seems surprising he would make such strong comments and then refuse to talk about them.

Kelly was asked about McCoy's comments last week. The coach did not dodge the question, but rather addressed the issue head on:

"That doesn't hurt me.  I'm not governed by the fear of what other people say.  Events don't elicit feelings.  I think beliefs elicit feelings.  I understand what my beliefs are and I know how I am."

Kelly also said he's reached out to McCoy twice since the comments were made, but McCoy hasn't accepted his calls.