University of Tennessee at Chattanooga offensive line coach Chris Malone has been relieved of his duties after he posted a tweet attacking Georgia voting rights activist Stacey Abrams. Malone posted the tweet late Tuesday night and it gained attention throughout the day Wednesday, becoming a firestorm after reaching the national media Wednesday night. He has since deleted his Twitter account.
“Last night, a totally inappropriate social media post by a member of our football staff was brought to my attention,” UTC athletic director Mark Wharton said in a statement Thursday morning. “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.”
Late Tuesday night, Malone tweeted “Congratulations to the state GA and Fat Albert @staceyabrams because you have truly shown America the true works of cheating in an election, again!!! Enjoy the buffet Big Girl!! You earned it!!! Hope the money is good, still not governor!”
Malone was entering the second season of his second stint as offensive line coach for the Mocs, having previously coached at UTC in 2014 and 2015. He also had prior stops at Massachusetts (2001-04), Virginia Military Institute (2005), James Madison (2006-12), Virginia State (2013) and Old Dominion (2016-18) before coming back to Chattanooga to coach under Rusty Wright.
“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.
True colors have been showing for many for years now….