The NFL will review allegations that former NFL player and coach Eugene Chung was recently told in a job interview that he was “not the right minority” while being interviewed for a job he didn’t get, the NFL said Liga in a statement on Monday morning.
The decision followed a call by the Fritz Pollard Alliance, an independent group that promotes diversity in the NFL, for an investigation.
“This comment is completely inappropriate and contrary to the values of the league and workplace guidelines,” the league said in its statement. “The NFL and its clubs are committed to providing all employees with equal employment opportunities that reflect our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.”
In its statement, the alliance wrote: “If the comments on his status as a Korean American are true, it is further evidence that actual NFL hiring practices are still discriminatory.”
After his playing career, he served as an assistant coach for the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs, although he has not held a coaching position since being fired from the Eagles after the 2019 season.
He said, “I said, ‘Wait a minute. The last time I checked, when I looked in the mirror and brushed my teeth, I was a minority.'” They said he was “not the right minority that.” we are looking for”.
The comments came during an off-season when the NFL stepped up its efforts to diversify its coaching and leadership roles, offering for the first time draft picks as a reward for teams developing a minority candidate to be hired as head coach or general manager.
There are currently five head coaches and five chief executives in the NFL who are in minority groups.
In comments transcribed by last week The Boston GlobeChung, who hosted the webinar, said he was told, “Well, you are not really a minority.”
Chung did not identify the team in question but said he was stunned to hear such a comment.
“I asked about it, and when the tracing started I said, ‘Oh no, no, no, no, no, you said it. Now that it’s out there, let’s talk about it,'” Chung said. “It was absolutely mind-boggling to have something like this actually a narrative in 2021.”
But Chung wouldn’t put a finger at the NFL for the incident or his treatment.
“I’m not sitting here not beating the league at all because there are great mentors and great coaches who accept the difference,” said Chung. “It’s only when the Asians don’t fit into the story that my stomach turns a little.”