ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Speaking publicly Wednesday for the first time since accusing Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly of considering players' race in roster decisions, Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy defended his comments and confronted reporters who pressed him on the subject.
Here are the relevant portions of the Q&A:
Q: Obviously everyone is going to ask you the first question about Chip's statements that he made last week, I guess it was about your statements. I'm sure you saw them, read them. What is your reaction to what he had to say about it?
McCoy: "I have nothing to say about that. I mean, I'm in Buffalo. Everything in Philadelphia is over. I have nothing more really to say about it. So it is what it is. Everybody can make their own thoughts and assumptions about it, but I'm done talking about it."
Q: Sorry LeSean, you did raise some issues or concerns in regards to Chip in that interview that was published and made some intimations that perhaps you questioned the racial motivations behind Chip Kelly's decisions on some player personnel, including you and DeSean [Jackson].
McCoy: "Do you just hear what I just said here?"
Reporter: I did.
McCoy: "So why did you ... I just told you, I'm not talking no more about Chip Kelly or the Eagles. I'm done with that. You can ask me about the Bills. We look good. A lot of players are stepping up. The quarterbacks look wonderful. Myself, I'm playing well, along with the guys in the backfield. Just trying to get this team going here. I have nothing else to say about Chip or the Eagles. All right?"
Q: Why don't you think the discussion of race in America deserves a little elaboration?
McCoy: "For what? I don't have to explain myself to nobody. Nobody. I don't. I said what I said, said how I felt at the time. And I'm done with that."
Q: Why didn't you take Chip's calls?
McCoy: "Yo? Are y'all listening to me? Can I say it any other way? I'm not talking about Chip Kelly or no Eagles. So I'll be done with this interview if nobody else has anything else to say about the Bills."
Later in the gathering, the topic of Kelly re-emerged:
Q: Are you eager to prove that you're suited to a power running game? Because that's the way Rex [Ryan] likes to play. There's this notion lingering from Philly that they didn't think you were good for that kind of impact.
McCoy: "I mean... I think any system I can do well in. You can just check the numbers yourself, before their spread offense and all that. I don't pay any attention to that. You talk about the top-notch backs. I don't think it matters what system they're in. You're going to either make plays or you're not. The type of guy, the coach that [offensive coordinator] Greg [Roman] is, he does a bunch of different things. And that's sort of reminds you of Chip, with the whole just unique style of getting his backs in space. That genius type of thing. No matter what, I feel like he's a genius and Greg is similar. They find ways to kind of trick the defense and get their backs in a lot of open space. So Greg hopefully has a similarity there, for sure."
Q: That's where you do respect Chip?
McCoy: "Yeah, for sure. As a coach? I can't say nothing negative about him, as he knows."
Q: Do you regret saying what you said?
McCoy: "I never regret nothing I say. Never. Nothing I do. Never regret it."
Late in the interview, McCoy answered more questions about his Kelly comments:
Q: Given the spotlight that was shined on your comments -- and I'm moving forward to the Bills -- do you worry, or is there any concern in your desire to want to move on, is there any worry that you don't want to be a distraction? Because there seemed to be a distraction back then, a month ago, and you don't want to be a distraction on your new team, the Bills?
McCoy: "I don't feel like that. I don't think it was a distraction with this team. Nobody has even asked me about it. Players mention it, because they want to know what's going on, but I don't think it's a distraction, at all. Maybe it's something that you sensed that I didn't."
Q: Well, we were asking Rex if whether he would need to muzzle his players or anything like that, and he said "No."
McCoy: "Right. I don't think that's a distraction. I think Rex has said enough things this year to stir up some things anyway. So it makes it a lot of fun. But yeah, I think if it was a distraction, he would have called a team meeting and he would have addressed it like he has so far if there's something going on, he needs to step in and kind of address it, he will. I think it's something small. I mean, I said before, it has nothing to do with the Bills, at all. I mean, the majority of the questions in the beginning was about Philadelphia, so it wasn't about the Bills, so I don't see a distraction, at all."