With sports being such big business, you’d think that the biggest question in a coaching interview would center around your qualification and ability to deliver results.
There once was a time when that would have been true.
But we now live in the days AFTER Kapernick and BLM began insisting that it be about ‘enlightenment’ and not entertainment. ‘Enlightenment’ that has taken on a very specific and explicitly political definition.
Eugene Chong applied for a coaching gig, and has amassed a very respectable list of accomplishments that might make him look like a fantastic choice for the position. When he was shot down, it wasn’t because of any holes in his resume, but because he didn’t check off the right boxes politically. He claims he was told this by the person doing the interviewing.
Let’s review Chong’s CV before digging into the incident itself. What makes him such a worthwhile contender?
Here a partial list. He’s played 55 games of as an NFL Offensive Tackle. He was the first Asian American to ever be picked in the first round, and has racked up 10 seasons of experience as an assistant coach, which includes two Superbowl wins, with two different teams.
Now, before we get into the complaint itself, keep in mind that the Left’s CURRENT cultural narrative is concerned with Joe Biden passing legislation about stopping anti-Asian Hate crimes. We’ve mentioned the elephant in the room with that policy, here. Study Of Asian Hate Crimes Blows Gaping Hole In Dem’s Favorite Gotcha Narrative
When it is convenient for the Left, Asians are an identifiable minority group to whose defence they will rush. When it is inconvenient for the left — as seen in Biden’s DOJ immediately dropping their investigation into Yale’s discriminatory admission standards — they do NOT recognize Asians as a minority group.
With that context established, let’s see what Eugene Chong has alleged about an NFL team that was interviewing him for the job as coach.
Chong was making his pitch for all the reasons he would be a good fit.
“It was said to me, ‘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.”
Chung was dumbfounded.
“That’s when I realized what the narrative was,” Chung said. “I was blown away, emotionally paralyzed for a split second. I asked myself, ‘Did I hear that correctly?’ ”
He asked the interviewer to elaborate. The question, Chung says, was rhetorical because he already knew what the interviewer was implying.
“I asked about it, and as soon as the backtracking started, I was like, ‘Oh no, no, no, no, no, you said it. Now that it’s out there, let’s talk about it,’ ” he said. “It was absolutely mind-blowing to me that in 2021, something like that is actually a narrative.” — BostonGlobe
The article goes on to detail some of the explicit instances of racism and exclusion he dealt with growing up, while saying he never once felt ashamed of his heritage.
He’s not complaining about everyone in the league. But he is pointing to a problem in the hiring process at the upper levels.
In terms of what can be done within the NFL, Chung had an abundance of praise for Reid, whom he still considers a mentor. He expressed confidence that coaches across the league are just as accepting. There is a problem, however, in how Asians can be perceived in the hiring process.
“I’m not sitting here bashing the league at all, because there are great mentors and there are great coaches that embrace the difference,” Chung said. “It’s just when the Asians don’t fit the narrative, that’s where my stomach churns a little bit.” — BostonGlobe
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