A Tennessee football coach was fired after he mocked failed gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams in a tweet, according to ABC News.
Chris Malone, an offensive line coach for Tennessee-Chattanooga, sent the tweet on Tuesday night after the Democrats swept the Senate runoff elections in Georgia.
"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 was good, still not governor!"
Head coach Rusty Wright and athletic director Mark Wharton both issued statements admonishing Wright.
"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."
"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."
Abrams has been mocked by Trump supporters since losing the Georgia governor's race to Brian Kemp in 2018, becoming the first Black woman to run for governor.