Much of LeSean McCoy's career can be summed up in the lyrics of a song written by Otis Redding but most famously performed by Aretha Franklin. Of course I'm talking about the song "Respect". Recently Pro Football Focus didn't show McCoy any respect when they left him off their list of the Top 101 Players from the 2016 Season. McCoy wasted no time calling out PFF for not showing him any R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
This isn't the first time LeSean McCoy has been disrespected. In fact, you can go all the way back to his childhood for the first instance of this. He was originally given his nickname by his mother because he would often have mood swings as a young child. Most people would call that being a child but McCoy's mother called it being "shady" and so his nickname was born.
During his career with the Eagles he broke many records including their rookie rushing yard record, individual rushing yards in a game record, rushing yards in a season record and rushing touchdowns in a season record. Additionally, it only took him six seasons to break their franchise rushing record set by Wilbert Montgomery.
So how did the Eagles reward their most productive running back of all-time? By trading him to the Buffalo Bills for Kiko Alonso, a linebacker who had only played one season in the NFL at the time and who was coming off a knee injury. On top of that, the linebackers nickname was "The Legend of Kiko" after just one productive NFL season, meanwhile after all of McCoy's accolades he was still just "Shady McCoy". I mean, he doesn't even get to hold the nickname the "Real McCoy" which was taken by a German eurodance act that wouldn't even sing live most of the time.
It's no wonder why Shady lashed out at his former coach Chip Kelly saying that he "got rid of all the black players" according to ESPN.com. Due to the lack of R-E-S-P-E-C-T McCoy got from his former coach he refused to shake his hand claiming "Chip can't shake shit" according to the Philadelphia Influencer.
McCoy was also criticized publicly after leaving a 20 cent tip at PYT Burger in Philadelphia according to Philly.com. McCoy felt the waiter was disrespectful according to NJ.com. "The 20-cent tip was more of a statement," McCoy said. "You can't be disrespectful and expect somebody to tip you, I don't care who the person is. That's why I left my card -- so they could see my name."
There is no truth to the rumor that when he left the restaurant he was singing the lyrics from Respect:
"I'm about to give you all my money
And all I'm asking in return, honey
Is to give me my profits
when I get home."
After being traded to the Buffalo Bills, McCoy infamously advertised a private party that only females were invited to in Philadelphia. While not confirmed, you'd have to imagine the Respect lyrics "I ain't gonna do you wrong, while you're gone, ain't gonna do you no wrong, cause I don't want to." were printed on that invitation. One thing is for certain though, that next time McCoy has an all female party he won't be inviting any of the ladies that work for PFF to it.
Shady has been disrespected for most of his career so it's no surprise that he identifies with the song made famous by Aretha Franklin. The problem is he seems to have taken some of the lyrics a bit too literally.
When out at a bar on Super Bowl Sunday in 2016, Shady and his friends felt disrespected by some off duty policy officers. A bottle of champagne caused an issue between the two groups and that's when Shady and his crew remembered the lyrics "sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me" and so began the fighting.
McCoy was never charged in the incident and went on to have a Pro Bowl caliber season for the Bills this past year. Despite his success on the field, he continues to struggle to earn R-E-S-P-E-C-T from many of the players, coaches and analysts around the league even if it's "just a little bit".