Fritz Pollard Alliance calls for investigation on Eugene Chung’s experience

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Former NFL offensive lineman and assistant coach Eugene Chung recently said that he was told during an interview that he’s “not the right minority.” Chung’s contention has not gone unnoticed.

The Fritz Pollard Alliance, through executive director Rod Graves, has issued a statement regarding Chung’s claim.

“Alleged comments made to Eugene Chung by an NFL team during a recent interview should be investigated by the NFL,” Graves said. “If the comments regarding his status as a Korean American are true, it is further evidence that despite good faith changes to diversity-related policies, the NFL’s actual hiring practices are still riddled with discrimination.”

The NFL has issued no statement regarding Chung’s remark. The statement from the Fritz Pollard Alliance may force the league to chime in and, possibly, to take action.

Chung didn’t name the team when speaking to the Boston Globe. If he’s willing to share the name of the team with the league office, the situation can properly be handled.

Chung may be reluctant to say anything, given that it could make him even harder to land a job with another team. That would be incredibly wrong, but it’s a very real concern for coaches who consider taking a stand. Whoever does it needs to be prepared for the possibility that he’s sacrificing his career.

12 responses to “Fritz Pollard Alliance calls for investigation on Eugene Chung’s experience

  1. I’ll stop short at calling him a liar but I find it very hard to believe there is someone in a high up position that is dumb enough to let those words come out of his mouth right to the persons face. That said, if there really is someone that stupid, Chung can’t go halfway with his story by not sharing who the person in question is. This isn’t tattle tailing, this is way more than that.

  2. The team and the executive should be pointed out immediately. The fact he made this accusation in 2021 will cast a shadow over the NFL forever if the specific person and organization involved is not held accountable.

  3. So much for the people disingenuously claiming that civil rights organizations are only interested in helping certain or select preferred minorities. This statement from the Fritz Pollard Alliance proves that they are fighting for all oppressed people.

  4. @mikethevike11

    Every few years we get a story about team asking a player a completely inappropriate question at the combine. I don’t know if this particular incident occurred, but I do know that are team officials dumb enough to say something like this.

  5. 100% the NFL should investigate this. Pretty straight forward.

    If he is unwilling to give the name, the whole thing should be dismissed and it would be fair for people to think he is making it up.
    If he does give a name, it should be investigated and if found credible, the team should face sanctions and the exec banned (if true).

  6. “That said, if there really is someone that stupid, Chung can’t go halfway with his story by not sharing who the person in question is.”

    “If he is unwilling to give the name, the whole thing should be dismissed and it would be fair for people to think he is making it up.”
    __________

    Saying that Chung should name names has quickly become the go to statement for the people who don’t care that this happened. The people opposed to equal rights want Chung to be perceived as a liar, thus they defaulted to placing the onerous requirement that he endanger his future NFL employment by publicly identifying the offending team official.

  7. @darcrequiem

    I understand that. That is usually to get a rise out of the person and see how they respond. This is different.

  8. The NFL needs to publicly clarify what they consider a “minority”. Kudos to Chung for putting the story out there without a team name, because that team would get unwarranted hate. The real issue is that the NFL didn’t make it clear to teams which minority coaching hires equated to draft compensation.

  9. He might as well come out with the whole story. If he’s worried about being black balled that’s already happened.

    And if you really don’t think there are people at the tops of these organizations who would be stupid enough to say this then I’d suggest you get out more.

  10. I’m sure Chung will not withhold information from the proper investigating authority. The media and/or public is not the proper authority, no matter how curious we may be.

  11. Without proof, if he names the team it could be used against him as slander. He needs to walk the line between not slandering and not being perceived as a liar

  12. It doesnt matter who said it really. Its the sense and liklihood that its actually true that is disturbing!

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