“I was told, ‘Well, you’re really not a minority,’” Chung said during a webinar Thursday, according to the Boston Globe, adding, “I was like, ‘Wait a minute. The last time I checked, when I looked in the mirror and brushed my teeth, I was in the minority. ”
According to Chung, after asking the interviewer to explain himself, he was told that he was “not the right minority that we are looking for.”
Chung did not identify the team in question but said he was stunned to hear such a comment.
“I asked a question about it, and as soon as the flashback started, I was like, ‘Oh no, no, no, no, no, you said it. Now that it’s out there, let’s talk about it, ”Chung said, according to The Globe. “It was absolutely mind-blowing to me that in 2021 something like that is actually a story. “
But Chung would not point the finger at the NFL for the incident or its treatment.
“I’m not sitting here at all to denigrate the league because there are great mentors and great coaches who make a difference,” Chung said. “It’s just when Asians don’t fit the narrative, that’s where my stomach turns a bit. “
Chung, 51, played five seasons in the NFL, appearing in 55 career games for the New England Patriots, Jacksonville Jaguars and Indianapolis Colts.
Following his playing career, he served as an assistant coach for the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs, although he has not held a position since his dismissal by the Eagles after the 2019 season.
“For me in this profession, I don’t think I am considered a minority,” Chung said, according to the newspaper. “Whether it’s good or bad, I don’t know. “
The Boston Globe hosted the webinar, which allowed Chung and others to discuss their experiences as Asian Americans in sports.