UT Chattanooga Soccer Coach Fired After Disrespecting Stacey Abrams

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Chattanooga Football Coach fired Stacey Abrams

A college football coach was sacked after making a disrespectful social media post to Stacey Abrams. Chris Malone, soccer coach at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga, was fired for calling former Georgia gubernatorial candidate "Fat Albert" and "Big Girl" in a Twitter post that has since been deleted.

The Chattanooga Holler recorded the tweet before Malone had a chance to delete it.

IN OUR INBOX: We heard that @UTChattanooga's assistant soccer coach Chris Malone deleted his account after posting that heinous comment. Parents and students are outraged. pic.twitter.com/0bNJ1HYgPx

– Chattanooga Holler (@NoogaHoller) January 7, 2021

Malone was just in his sophomore year as an offensive coach for Chattanooga.

Chattanooga University of Tennessee Chancellor Steven R. Angle issued a statement:

“Yesterday, Chris Malone, a UTC soccer coach, posted a tweet about Stacey Abrams that was hateful, hurtful and untrue. Coach Malone is no longer part of the university. The UTC faculty and staff are expected to lead in a manner that creates and maintains a respectful, tolerant, and civil campus environment. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga does not tolerate and clearly condemns discrimination and hatred in all forms. "

Kanzlerwinkel comments on the former Mocs football assistant pic.twitter.com/8n5vvLYZa2

– UTChattanooga (@UTChattanooga) January 7, 2021

UTC Vice Chancellor and Athletics Director Mark Wharton also got involved:

“Last night I was made aware of a totally inappropriate social media post from a member of our soccer team. The entire post was appalling. The feelings in this post do not match the values ​​of our football program, our athletics department, or our university. However, with immediate effect, that person is no longer part of the program. "

OFFICIAL STATEMENT:

Mark Wharton – UTC Vice Chancellor and Athletics Director pic.twitter.com/BRkFM5tsRh

– UTChattanooga (@UTChattanooga) January 7, 2021

UTC chief football coach Rusty Wright contributed to the dismissal of Malone:

“Our football program has clear standards. These standards include respect for others. It's a message our players hear every day. It's a standard that I won't hesitate by. What has been posted on social media by an employee is unacceptable and is not part of what I stand for or what Chattanooga Football stands for. Life is bigger than football and as young men’s leaders we must first and foremost set this example. From now on, this person is no longer part of my workforce. "

OFFICIAL STATEMENT:

Rusty Wright – UTC chief football coach pic.twitter.com/1xCmzTQUWl

– UTChattanooga (@UTChattanooga) January 7, 2021