College Football Coach Fired After Despicable, Hateful Tweet Directed At Stacey Abrams: ‘The Entire Post Was Appalling’
A University of Tennessee Chattanooga (UTC) assistant football coach is no longer with the team after he was fired for a tweet he posted.
Chris Malone was the school’s offensive line coach. Malone reportedly tweeted the following, as shared by multiple people on Twitter (heads up, this tweet is vulgar so read at your own discrection, especially if you’re with your family and children while reading it):
Here’s how the university responded:
“Last night (January 6), a totally inappropriate social media post by a member of our football staff was brought to my attention,” Mark Wharton, UTC vice chancellor and director of athletics, said in a statement. “The entire post was appalling. The sentiments in that post do not represent the values of our football program, our Athletics department or our University. With that said, effectively immediately, that individual is no longer a part of the program.”
The team’s head coach also had something to say:
“Our football program has a clear set of standards,” Rusty Wright, UTC head football coach, said in a statement. “Those standards include respecting others. It is a message our players hear daily. It is a standard I will not waver on. What was posted on social media by a member of my staff is unacceptable and not any part of what I stand for or what Chattanooga Football stands for. Life is bigger than football and as leaders of young men, we have to set that example, first and foremost. With that said, effectively immediately, that individual is no longer a part of my staff.”
Malone’s tweet was blatantly unacceptable, disgusting, and hateful, especially to have it directed towards someone. In this case, the tweet was directed at Stacey Abrams, a “voting rights activist” per ESPN College Football.
Abrams made history “in 2010, (when) Stacey became the first woman to lead either party in the Georgia General Assembly and the first African American to lead in the House of Representatives” as mentioned on her website.
In her resume, among many other accolades, “she put her education to work to better the lives of Georgians through the government, nonprofit, and business sectors. Dedicated to civic engagement, she founded the New Georgia Project, which submitted more than 200,000 registrations for voters of color between 2014 and 2016” per her website.
No matter what your political viewpoint is, to treat someone like this is total garbage and should absolutely not be tolerated. This is beyond politics. This goes against the basics of treating others how you would want to be treated. Against simple 101 human kindness.
We should work together to find solutions and not be so divisive. What makes our country great is civil debate, not vile hatred towards another. To cross the aisle, to work with other parties, to work with people even whom you may disagree with, to find some sort of middle ground, to effect true change. Together.
Unfortunately, there will be haters. But, thankfully in this case justice was served immediately for the horrendous verbal abuse in the form of a Tweet.
Charlie Lapastora is a sports/news multimedia journalist who’s reported, written, produced, anchored, shot video/edited on different NBC, ABC, and FOX shows in multiple TV markets, along with digital & new media companies. Charlie has traveled the country telling national sports, news, feature, and original stories on a cable news network, airing on top 10 TV markets, satellite radio, and digital platforms. He is passionate about his faith, family—being a husband to whom he calls the G.O.A.T. of women—about reppin’ his home state of Michigan and Detroit teams (yes, including the Lions), good coffee, and loves how sports brings people together. He’s traveled the world leading and coaching sports camps and has also worked at the Detroit Pistons and LA Clippers’ NBA teams.
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