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College Football Coach Fired For Racist Tweet Aimed at Stacey Abrams

Newsweek logo Newsweek 1/7/2021 Scott McDonald
Stacey Abrams in a blue shirt and smiling at the camera: A football coach at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga was fired Thursday after posting a tweet that made fun of Stacey Abrams, a former governor's candidate in Georgia. © Photo by Handout/DNCC via Getty Images A football coach at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga was fired Thursday after posting a tweet that made fun of Stacey Abrams, a former governor's candidate in Georgia.

The offensive line coach at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga was fired Thursday after he tweeted a statement that mocked Georgia politician Stacey Abrams.

Assistant coach Chris Malone was let go after he tweeted, and later deleted, a statement Tuesday night during the Georgia senate runoff elections, and the involvement of Abrams, who was a governor's candidate in 2018 and later a possible running mate of Joe Biden.

Here's the tweet from Tuesday.

"Congratulations to the state GA and Fat Albert @staceyabrams because you have truly shown America the true works of cheating in an election, again!!!" Malone's tweet state, according to Twitter user Chattanooga Holler. "Enjoy the buffet Big Girl! You earned it!!! Hope the money was good, still not governor!"

Tennessee-Chattanooga head coach Rusty Wright and athletics director Mark Wharton each issued statements regarding their actions to let go of Malone.

"Our football program has a clear set of standards," Wright said. "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."

Malone, who has since deleted his Twitter account, once coached at Virginia State, an historically Black university. He has spent the last two seasons at Tennessee-Chattanooga.

Abrams was a member of the Georgia state assembly from 2007-2017 before her run for governor. After her loss to Republican Brian Kemp, Abrams became even more politically active on a regional and national stage. Her latest involvement included support for Georgia senate Democrat candidates Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, who both won reelection to help flip the U.S. Senate from red to blue, giving Democrats control now of the House, the Senate and the White House.

After Malone's Tweet, Mocs AD Mark Wharton said it was "appalling."

"The sentiments in that post do not represent the values of our football program, our athletics department or our university," Wharton said.

Chattanooga is located in southeast Tennessee, right on the border with northwest Georgia.

Other stops in Malone's journey as a coach include Old Dominion, James Madison, Massachusetts and other schools.

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