Today on First Take, Stephen A. Smith accused Chip Kelly of liking racist white guys, and not liking brothers. Here’s what he said:
“Chip Kelly makes decisions over the last couple of years that, dare I say, leave a few brothers feeling uncomfortable. … I think that’s fair to say. We’re sitting there looking at some of the decisions that Chip Kelly makes, and I’m like, “What’s up with that?” It’s like you have to be his kind of guy, and I’m like, “Well, Riley Cooper is your kind of guy?” … You got brothers walking the streets [of Philadelphia] going like this: “What’s up with Chip? I don’t understand.”
Clearly, Smith is calling out Chip Kelly for having high standards when it comes to player character. He keeps racist white guys who apologize, while trading black gang members like DeSean Jackson.
Yet after getting blasted on twitter, Stephen A. said he didn’t say anything about anyone.
“A bunch of idiots in the world of Twitter and beyond saw me on First Take today speaking about Chip Kelly…and essentially are trying to create storylines and headlines accusing me of calling Chip Kelly a racist. Ladies and gentlemen, I did no such thing. But if you are uncomfortable with what I had to say…let me say this to you. I don’t give a damn. … What I said was, to be specific…was that I’m very uncomfortable with what I’m seeing from Chip Kelly…the reasons why I did not elaborate extensively…[was] because I don’t know. What I said, however, was that I’m uncomfortable. And dammit, I’m not taking it back…there’s plenty of black players on the Philadelphia Eagles…who the hell is saying something about black and white? Nobody was talking about that. What I’m talking about is the Chip Kelly culture. And how there’s a certain type of individual that he apparently likes and doesn’t like.”
You see…I’m not saying he’s racist…I’m saying I feel he could be racist. I did not extensively pragmatically accuse the man of anything about race…all I did was specifically say that everyone thinks he’s making black people uncomfortable and if you do not like that then you are uncomfortably racist.
Cue Frank Caliendo immediately. We need this straightened out.