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College football coach fired after attacking Stacey Abrams in racist tweet

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 1/7/2021 David Matthews

A college football coach was fired Thursday after he posted a racist tweet that targeted Stacey Abrams.

Chris Malone, the former offensive line coach at Tennessee-Chattanooga, tweeted on Tuesday about the Georgia senate run-off elections and Abrams’ role in increasing voter turnout.

“Congratulations to the state GA and Fat Albert @staceyabrams because you have truly shown America the true works of cheating in an election, again!!!” the since-deleted tweet reads. “Enjoy the buffet Big Girl! You earned it!!! Hope the money was good, still not governor!”

Chris Malone wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: Chris Malone, former offensive line coach at Tennessee-Chattanooga. © Provided by New York Daily News Chris Malone, former offensive line coach at Tennessee-Chattanooga.

Chris Malone, former offensive line coach at Tennessee-Chattanooga.

Head coach Rusty Wright blasted Malone, who has also deleted his Twitter account.

“Our football program has a clear set of standards,” Wright said in a statement. “Those standards include respecting others. It is a message our players hear daily. It is a standard I will not waiver 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.”

Stacey Abrams holding a microphone: FILE - Former gubernatorial candidate and former state Rep. Stacey Abrams speaks to the congregation at Brown Chapel church in Selma , Ala. on March 1, 2020. © Provided by New York Daily News FILE - Former gubernatorial candidate and former state Rep. Stacey Abrams speaks to the congregation at Brown Chapel church in Selma , Ala. on March 1, 2020.

FILE - Former gubernatorial candidate and former state Rep. Stacey Abrams speaks to the congregation at Brown Chapel church in Selma , Ala. on March 1, 2020. (Butch Dill/)

Malone had previously coached at Old Dominion, James Madison, Massachusetts and Virginia State, a historically Black university.

Abrams endorsed Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in Tuesday’s elections. Both won, swinging control of the U.S. Senate.

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