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Kavitha A. Davidson

Chip Kelly, Racism and the Culture of the NFL

College coaches going pro have trouble giving up total control.
Out of control?

Out of control?

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ESPN's Jason Whitlock has weighed in on the "Is Chip Kelly racist?" debate, bringing some much-needed perspective and reason to the issue. No, that's not a sentence I thought I'd ever type, either.

In case you missed it, cornerback Brandon Boykin became the latest former member of the Philadelphia Eagles to suggest that Kelly, entering his third season as head coach, might not get along with black players. After the corner was dealt to the Pittsburgh Steelers Saturday night, he told Comcast SportsNet's Derrick Gunn in a text message that his former coach is "uncomfortable around grown men of our culture." Exactly what Boykin means by "our culture" is unclear, but most interpreted it as a reference to black players, given previous comments by other former Eagles.