Korean NFL football coach says he was told that he's "not the right kind of minority" during an interview for a coaching job
· · May 26, 2021 · NottheBee.com

The heck is this?

Not the right minority?

Is that a thing?

Apparently for one NFL team, it is, although the team remains unnamed.

Yes, Eugene Chung – only the third Asian American to ever play in the NFL – now has his sights set on becoming the league's first Asian American head coach.

Chung has worked as an assistant coach in the NFL for 8 years. He's taken on coaching positions in both Kansas City and Philadelphia, where he won a Super Bowl in 2018.

Chung interviewed with an unnamed NFL team this spring, hoping to benefit from the NFL's affirmative action rule (the Rooney Rule).

The NFL's website states:

The [NFL] will require clubs to interview at least two external minority candidates for head coaching openings and at least one minority candidate for any coordinator job.

Well, Eugene Chung is Asian, so the Rooney Rule apparently doesn't work in his favor.

"It was said to me [during the interview], ‘Well, you're really not a minority,' " Chung told the Globe on Tuesday in an exclusive interview.

Chung, who is Korean, froze.

"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,' " he said. "So I was like, ‘What do you mean I'm not a minority?' "

The interviewer responded, "You are not the right minority we're looking for."

"Not the right minority we're looking for."

Bingo. There it is.

So now we've got a hierarchical system within our pool of minorities!



I must say: wouldn't it be kind of cool if NFL teams hired people based on how good they were at their job?

Just an idea...

Here's Chung's interview with the Boston Globe:

The NFL is now reviewing Chung's claim.

So at least that's better...



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