Former Philadelphia Eagles assistant coach Eugene Chung recently revealed that he was turned away from a job and told that Asians are “not the right minority.”
Chung, as are both of his parents, is Korean. His resume includes 55 games of experience as an NFL offensive tackle and 10 seasons as an assistant coach under Super Bowl winners Andy Reid and Doug Pederson (Fox News). “It was said to me, ‘Well, you’re really not a minority,’” Chung told The Boston Globe. “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,’” Chung said. “So I was like, ‘What do you mean I’m not a minority?’”
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According to its communications website, the NFL follows the Rooney Rule. It was adopted in 2003 as “part of the League’s ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion” and requires every team with a head coaching vacancy to interview at least one or more “diverse” candidates. In 2009, it was expanded to include general manager jobs and front office positions. In response, Chung stated, “I’m not sitting here bashing the league at all, because there are great mentors and there are great coaches that embrace the difference. It’s just when the Asians don’t fit the narrative, that’s where my stomach churns a little bit.” He said the interviewer’s words were “absolutely mind-blowing.”
ARTICLE: EVA SALGADO
POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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