An Chattanooga assistant football coach got fired over some mean tweets he posted back on January 5. He deleted the mean tweets about 30 minutes later, but it was too late and the wrong people already saw them.
He was forced to resign, in other words - fired.
He's now suing to get his job back and he's stating that his First Amendment rights were violated, per report. He also wants back pay and compensation for damages! Boom!
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Chris Malone says he was forced to resign Jan. 7 in the lawsuit filed Tuesday in the Eastern District of U.S. District Court. Malone is suing Chancellor Steven Angle, athletic director Mark Wharton and coach Rusty Wright individually and in their roles at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.
“In most states, employers are allowed to be controlling and vindictive when it comes to social media," Malone's attorney, Doug Churdar, said Thursday. “It’s different for government or public employers. They cannot ignore the First Amendment.”
Chattanooga declined to comment Thursday because of the pending litigation.
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The lawsuit argues Malone made the social media post on his own time on his own Twitter account as a private citizen and did not need permission or approval. Malone has coached approximately 20 years at UMass, VMI, James Madison, Old Dominion, Virginia State and Chattanooga.
In a tweet caught by screen grabs, Malone posted on the night of Jan. 5: “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 deleted the tweet about 30 minutes later after three former players responded negatively, according to the lawsuit. The assistant coach’s Twitter account was deleted the night of Jan. 6.
I guess we'll see how that pans out!
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