NFL “unable to confirm” the statement made to Eugene Chung, or who said it

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Eugene Chung made a general allegation of an inappropriate comment during a job interview with an NFL team. He declined to get specific. Thus, not surprisingly, the NFL’s investigation of the matter went nowhere.

The league issued a statement on Thursday that, without using such obvious terminology, closes the book on the investigation.

“Following public reports of comments made in a conversation with former NFL player and coach Eugene Chung — comments that have no place in the NFL or in any contemporary workplace — we undertook a review of the matter,” the NFL said, via Mike Garafolo of NFL Media.

“After multiple discussions, including with Mr. Chung and his representative, we were unable to confirm the precise statement that was made, or by whom and under what circumstances any such statement was made.”

Again, if Chung isn’t going to provide details, no investigation will confirm anything. Unfortunately, some will interpret the league’s statement as a not-so-subtle suggestion that the league decided Chung wasn’t truthful. The truth is that he chose not to be fully and completely candid.

“Nevertheless, we intend to use this occasion to reinforce the commitment of the NFL and of every NFL club ensure appropriate interview processes and develop diverse, inclusive, and respectful workplaces on and off the field,” the league said. “Mr. Chung has offered to assist us moving forward and we welcome the opportunity to speak with him about how we can better advance employment opportunities throughout the League.”

The best way would be for Chung to tell his entire story, so that whoever said to Chung that he’s “not the right minority” so that a clear instance of an inappropriate comment during an interview can be properly handled and disciplined.

19 responses to “NFL “unable to confirm” the statement made to Eugene Chung, or who said it

  1. I think Eugene Chung realized the can of worms he opened and decided that giving the details ultimately wasn’t worth the hassles it would bring him, and the potential damage to his career.

    I believe him and I think hearing that kind of thing from an NFL team wouldn’t be surprising at all. If he named the team and the individual the team would deny responsibility and (possibly) fire the person who said it. That’s another part of it – he probably doesn’t want to be responsible for someone else losing their livelihood.

  2. I suspect Eugene knew the person personally, and the person didn’t expect his off hand quip to go public. Might have been someone not even involved in the hiring process. Specifically, Eugene may have asked if the team would receive a benefit of a minority hiring if he was hired. I don’t think there was any benefit. But somebody probably has called Eugene and asked why he would do this to a friend.

  3. I don’t think they can prove it, I think he was riffing in an interview and just went for it because it supported his narrative.

  4. “The best way would be for Chung to tell his entire story, so that whoever said to Chung that he’s “not the right minority” so that a clear instance of an inappropriate comment during an interview can be properly handled and disciplined.”

    Unless that statement was never made to him…if it wasn’t, he can’t backtrack now. All he can do is just stop talking and hope it eventually goes away.

  5. Unfortunately, some will interpret the league’s statement as a not-so-subtle suggestion that the league decided Chung wasn’t truthful.
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    Of course some people will interpret it that way. Many more will use it as ammunition to bolster their initial knee-jerk claim that Chung was lying. There are unfortunately many people who are terrified of changing the status quo of white, male dominated coaching staffs and front offices.

  6. Awesome. Now liar Goodell is telling Eugene Chung is a liar and he made it up.

    Just super.

    The NFL is really is the bar for class and honesty while doing the right thing.

  7. VisionTim says:
    July 1, 2021 at 12:10 pm
    I don’t think they can prove it, I think he was riffing in an interview and just went for it because it supported his narrative.
    octopusgrabus says:
    July 1, 2021 at 12:14 pm
    Unless that statement was never made to him…if it wasn’t, he can’t backtrack now. All he can do is just stop talking and hope it eventually goes away.
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    Already found a couple of people who are scared to death that hiring minority coaches will somehow ruin their lives.

  8. I’m sure the NFL can narrow down which teams he interviewed with and was not offered a position and then investigate those teams.

  9. Or maybe he was frustrated and stretched the truth? We can’t commend this man on his courage for calling this out and then when the league tries to help and get involved he catches amnesia. This whole era of calling out people but not backing it up is dangerous. Nothing gets accomplished and if anything its now worse because you have let these idiots who said that to Mr Chung off the hook (if it actually happened). In this climate of emotional driven narratives this smells fishy. He had the instestinal fortitude to say someone said that, now be a man and call the name out or be quiet. Simple.

  10. I 100% believe he was told this… This is happening in many businesses and not just the NFL. I saw this at my last company multiple times over the last few years as they attempt a run at “Diversity and Inclusion” but really only celebrate one minority and not all

  11. Or it’s a Myles Garrett situation and it was never said to him in the first place.

  12. If someone actually did say that to Chung, there’s a very good chance it was said facetiously, and both parties knew it. Perhaps Chung is telling the literal truth, but he’s not exposing the source because he knew he didn’t mean it literally.

  13. It would be the last real interview Chung would have for the rest of his shortened NFL career.

  14. If he’d named names, he would have been blacklisted, and everyone knows it.

  15. Why would Chung be the “wrong kind of minority?” I cannot think of a single prominent Asian coach or exec.

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