Note: The heading of this story has been updated to clarify that Chris Malone resigned during a meeting with UTC officials about his tweet on Thursday morning

Chris Malone, offensive coach at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, has resigned under pressure after posting a tweet attacking Georgia-based electoral activist Stacey Abrams

Malone posted the tweet late Tuesday night and caught attention all day on Wednesday, setting off a firestorm after reaching national media Wednesday night, and has since deleted his Twitter account

“Last night I was made aware of a totally inappropriate social media post from one of our football staff,” said Mark Wharton, UTC sporting director, in a statement Thursday. “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. Effective immediately, this person is no longer part of the program “

Late Tuesday night, Malone tweeted, “Congratulations to the State of GA and Fat Albert @staceyabrams for showing America the true works of fraud in one election again !!! Enjoy the Big Girl Buffet! You have deserves it !!! hope the money is good, still not governor! “

Abrams ran for governor in 2018 and lost to Republican Brian Kemp their strong performance in a state that is considered decidedly Republican, fueled optimism among Democrats and has since been seen as the trigger for a “blue wave” this year reached its peak

The state was won by Joe Biden in the presidential election on November 3, the first Democrat in 28 years This week, Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff defeated Republican incumbents Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue in Georgia’s U.S. Runoff election in the Senate

Abrams receives much of the credit for Georgia’s recent democratic victories as an effort to increase voter turnout, especially among black voters

Malone failed to respond to a request for comment He entered the second season of his second stint as an offensive coach for the Mocs, having previously trained at UTC in 2014 and 2015, before he was in Massachusetts (2001-04), worked at the Virginia Military Institute (2005), James Madison (2006-12), Virginia State (2013), and the Old Dominion (2016-18) before returning to Chattanooga to train with Rusty Wright

“Our football program has clear standards,” Wright said. “Those standards include respecting others. It’s a message our players hear every day. It’s a standard I won’t waver by what an employee in the.” social media is unacceptable and is not part of what I stand for or what Chattanooga Football stands for

“Life is bigger than football and as leaders of young men we must first and foremost set this example. Nevertheless, this person is practically immediately no longer part of my workforce”

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