ESPN, May 20, 2021
Former NFL offensive lineman and assistant coach Eugene Chung, who is Korean, says he was told he was “not the right minority” while interviewing for an NFL coaching job this offseason.
“It was said to me, ‘Well, you’re really not a minority,'” Chung said during a webinar Thursday, according to The Boston Globe, adding, “I was like, ‘Wait a minute. The last time I checked, when I looked in the mirror and brushed my teeth, I was a minority.'”
According to Chung, after he asked the interviewer to explain, he was told he was “not the right minority that we’re looking for.”
Chung did not identify the team in question but said he was stunned to hear such a comment.
“I’m not sitting here bashing the league at all, because there are great mentors and there are great coaches that embrace the difference,” Chung said. “It’s just when the Asians don’t fit the narrative, that’s where my stomach churns a little bit.”