Eugene Chung remains unhappy with a team in the NFL that recently told him that he was “not the right minority” to have a coaching position in the league.
This story about Chung came out over the weekend, and the former offensive lineman with the New England Patriots has stated that, despite the offensiveness of comment, he’s not going to say what team said it.
“I’m not looking to shame anybody, I’m not looking to call anyone out, or name names … what good comes of that?” Chung told ESPN in an interview that aired Tuesday.
“I really don’t think he was saying it in a discriminatory or malicious way; it was matter of fact.”
By the way, Chung’s parents are both Korean.
During a job interview, an interviewer from the unnamed team told Chung that the organization didn’t “look at [him] as a minority.” A recent survey pointed out that Asian Americans make up fewer than 2% of players in the NFL.
Chung said he’s well aware of the recent issues with violence against Asian Americans across the United States.
An increasing number of cases of anti-Asian violence across the country inspired Chung, who is Korean American, to go public with his experience.
“With everything that’s going on in this country and in the world, I have stayed quiet, and I’ve always kept my head down,” Chung said. “That was what I was taught by my father who immigrated here — he’s like, ‘Do your work as best you can, stay quiet. Don’t cause any trouble.’
“I don’t feel like I’m causing trouble, I’m just bringing information to light.”
It will be interesting to see whether the team is ever identified.