Smith did not come out and call Kelly a racist, but he hinted.
Smith said on ESPN First Take:
Let’s get beyond the system, the operative word is ‘culture.’ The culture is what resonates with me more profoundly because I’m looking at a Chip Kelly and I’m like, really? Now, you’ve got to remember, where did I work for 16 years? I mean, this is Philadelphia. You understand what I’m saying? I’m always in Philly, and I’m telling you right now you’ve got people walking the streets and, hell with it, you’ve got brothers walking the streets going like ‘What’s up with Chip? I don’t understand this. I really don’t understand what you’re doing.’ Now I’m not saying I know, I’m just saying that it does strike me as a tad bit odd. I’m going to repeat this. Gone: LeSean McCoy, Jeremy Maclin, you know, DeSean Jackson. Staying: Riley Cooper. Really? Really? OK.
Cooper was caught on video yelling a racial slur at a Kenny Chesney concert in July 2013.
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Free agency opens Tuesday and the Eagles are expected to sign cornerback Byron Maxwell and Frank Gore when free agency opens Tuesday. Both Maxwell and Gore are black.