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NFL has reached out to Eugene Chung over racial discrimination claims

Former Patriot Eugene Chung says interviewer for an NFL team said: ‘You are not the right minority’
Former player and coach Eugene Chung told the Globe that an executive told Chung he was “not the right minority we’re looking for” during a job interview. (Photo by Bill Powers/Globe Staff)

The NFL confirmed Wednesday that it has been in contact with former Eagles assistant coach Eugene Chung in regards to allegations he shared last week that a job interviewer with an NFL team told him he was “not the right minority.”

NFL executive vice president Troy Vincent said he was disheartened by the comment and said that he has spoken with Chung in the last few days. The NFL’s 32 owners held a virtual meeting Wednesday to discuss several league matters, and the Chung allegations were addressed.

“When you hear it, it just tells us how much work we still have to do, how much education that’s still needed for all of us,” Vincent said. “It was something that was discussed today, that we need to do better. And we will.”


Chung, a Patriots first-round pick in 1992 who coached offensive line and tight end for the Eagles and Chiefs from 2010-19, has declined to name the team with which the alleged comment took place.

“It’s obviously disturbing, it’s not at all in line with our values and what we stand for here at the NFL, and we are absolutely looking into the matter and we will address it appropriately,” said Dasha Smith, the NFL’s chief administrative officer.

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Ben Volin can be reached at ben.volin@globe.com.