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Lo van Pham becomes the first Asian American NFL game official

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  • Lo van Pham is set to make history as the first Asian American to officiate in the NFL.
  • In an announcement posted on Tuesday, the NFL congratulated Pham and its other new game officials.
  • Born in Vietnam, Pham and his family of five lived in a refugee camp in the Philippines before moving to Amarillo, Texas, in 1979.
  • Pham was a defensive back for Palo Duro before becoming a back judge in Amarillo in 2000.
  • He got his first break in 2006 when he was chosen to work for the Lone Star Conference.
  • The following year, Pham started rising through the ranks as a Division 1 on-field official for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). In 2015, he officiated his first Big 12 Conference game.

Editor’s note (5/5/21): A previous version of this story stated that Pham was born in Vietnam. The story has been corrected to show he was born in Laos.

Lo van Pham is set to make history as the first Asian American to officiate in the NFL.

Atlanta Falcons sign Seoul-born kicker Younghoe Koo to another 5 years in $24.2 million deal

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  • The Atlanta Falcons officially announced yesterday, March 15, that they have re-signed Korean kicker Younghoe Koo, 27, to another five years in a deal worth $24.24 million or $4.85 million per year.
  • This puts Koo as the second highest earner among kickers after the Baltimore Ravens’ Justin Tucker.
  • Last season, Koo was among the NFL’s most accurate kickers, with three game-winning kicks. Since signing to the Falcons in 2019, Koo has had a 92.6% field goal success rate.
  • Koo had a rough start to his professional career: When he was signed to the Los Angeles Chargers in 2017, he was let go shortly after missing two game-deciding field goals.

Hailed as one of the NFL’s best kickers, Korean football player Younghoe Koo just committed to another five years with the Atlanta Falcons. 

The Atlanta Falcons officially announced yesterday, March 15, that they have re-signed Seoul-born kicker Koo, 27, to a five-year extension. According to the NFL, the deal is worth $24.25 million, which evens out to $4.85 million a year. This puts Koo as the one of the highest earners among kickers, second to only Baltimore Ravens’ Justin Tucker.  

Yoshihito Omi has a chance to become the first-ever Japanese NFL player

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Japanese football player Yoshihito Omi was one of the talented 44 international athletes invited to the NFL’s international combine at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on Tuesday.

The first Japanese NFL player?: Omi, 25, has a shot at becoming the first-ever player to represent Japan in the NFL after being invited to participate in Tuesday’s event, which was a part of the league’s International Player Pathway program created in 2017, according to USA Today.

NFL Unable to Confirm Ex-NFL Assistant Coach’s Allegations of Discrimination During Interview

The NFL officially released a statement on Thursday, saying it is unable to confirm the alleged discriminatory statements made towards Eugene Chung during a coaching position interview.

What happened: Chung, 52, a former NFL offensive lineman and assistant line coach for the Philadelphia Eagles, and is of Korean descent, alleged that an interviewer told him he was “not the right minority” they were looking for.

NFL Reporter’s Racist Tweets Against Asians and Blacks Unearthed

A series of highly offensive, racist, and homophobic tweets from Lindsey Ok, a sports reporter covering the Baltimore Ravens from the National Football League, have been unearthed by Black Sports Online targeting Asians, Black people, and the LGBT+ community.

Ok made many horrible social media posts, all of which are now deleted, where she mocked people for their race or their sexuality. One of them includes playing on the stereotype about Asian people and driving.

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