Chip Kelly avoids saying ‘Redskins’ during press conference
A day after it was learned that the Philadelphia Eagles removed any mention of the Redskins name from the team’s weekly media guide ahead of Sunday’s showdown between the NFC East rivals, head coach Chip Kelly avoided using the Washington NFL team’s moniker and then spoke cryptically about his personal opinion on the controversial subject.
“I have a lot of personal beliefs on things,” Chip Kelly said Thursday with a smile following a lengthy pause, reports NJ Advanced Media’s Matt Lombardo, who originally broke the media guide story in a tweet. “But my belief doesn’t effect what that name is. They can do what they want to do.”
An Eagles spokesperson indicated the team would have no comment on the issue and team owner Jeffrey Luria declined a request from NJ Media for comment.
As previously noted, perhaps the Eagles have decided to join the numerous other media outlets throughout the country who have made it organizational policy to not use the Redskins name in its reporting. Or it could be some Grade-A trolling on behalf of the Eagles by rubbing their opponent’s nose in the never-ending controversy.
Either way, whether it’s an organization-wide policy stemming from a decree from the higher-ups or otherwise, it once again pushed the Redskins name debate to the forefront.