Wednesday Open Thread | Tennessee man says he was fired after being spotted sitting during national anthem

Tennessee man says that he was fired from his job at a local kickboxing gym because he sat during the national anthem at a weekend event.

Local news station Fox 17 reports that Tyler Chancellor, who until this week had been an employee at the 9Round gym in Chattanooga, says that he was invited to attend an event at the Camp Jordan arena. During the national anthem, Chancellor chose to stay seated, in solidarity with professional athletes who kneel during the anthem to protest against police brutality against black Americans.

“Me being a minority in this society, I chose to stand up for what I believe in- well not actually stand up, but sit down for what I believe in,” Chancellor explains to Fox 17.

Chancellor didn’t realize that he had done anything wrong until Monday, when his boss told him that he was being let go over his decision to sit during the anthem.

“She said because you sat down, you were a part of a 9Round event, and you sat during the national anthem,” Chancellor says. “We no longer want to continue business with you. There was no sugar coating.”

Chancellor, who says he comes from a military family, tells Fox 17 that he has no regrets about his decision to sit during the anthem, despite the fact that it cost him his job.

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48 Responses to Wednesday Open Thread | Tennessee man says he was fired after being spotted sitting during national anthem

  1. rikyrah says:

    Maddow reporting on Puerto Rico.
    That mega ship- the USS Comfort…

    Is treating only 7 patients.


    They are trying to kill these American citizens.

  2. Liza says:

    Neo-Confederate Leader Behind Arrest Warrant For Black Man Beaten In C’Ville
    By ALLEGRA KIRKLAND Published OCTOBER 11, 2017 4:41 PM

    One of the most enduring and shocking moments from the white nationalist march on Charlottesville this summer was the parking garage beating of counter-protester DeAndre Harris by a crowd of khaki-clad white nationalists, who swarmed around the 20-year-old with flagpoles and shields.

    One of the hate group leaders involved in that clash successfully persuaded a local magistrate on Monday to issue an arrest warrant for Harris on a felony charge of “unlawful wounding,” complicating an ongoing police investigation into the men who attacked the counter-protester.

    Both Harris’ lawyer and the League of the South, a neo-Confederate organization, say Harold Ray Crews, the group’s North Carolina chairman, pursued the warrant. In order to do so, he took advantage of a quirk in the judicial system, according to a Charlottesville police detective and Harris’ lawyer.

    After trying to file a compliant with police, Crews apparently went to the magistrate’s office, which requires only a police report based on the complainant’s testimony and the determination of probable cause to issue a warrant. In a statement, S. Lee Merritt, Harris’ attorney, Merritt attributed the charge to a “successful campaign” by the League of the South to “manipulate the Charlottesville judiciary and further victimize Mr. Harris.” He denied that his client was involved in causing the head injuries Crews sustained.

    Crews, a 48-year-old North Carolina real estate lawyer who describes himself as a “Southern Nationalist” on his Twitter bio, did not respond to TPM’s email and phone calls requesting comment. But the League of the South posted several items celebrating the pending arrest of the “young negro male” involved with “harassing their members” in the parking garage.

    Both Merritt, Harris’ attorney, and the white nationalists say they believe the copious video evidence of the incident will vindicate them. Video shows the man that Merritt says identifies as Crews trying to stab a counter-protester with the pole of a Confederate flag, and Harris swinging a flashlight in response. Merritt said in a statement that the flashlight “did not make significant contact” with Crews before Harris was kicked to the ground by six white nationalists who beat him with wooden sticks and a shield, leaving him with a spinal injury, cranial lacerations and several fractures. Photos show Harris bleeding profusely from his head.

    According to Merritt’s statement, the injury Crews sustained to his head came from “a completely separate subsequent incident” involving a clash “between at least four white males,” which was also appears to have been captured in multiple photographs.

    Merritt told TPM he is working with Charlottesville police to determine the terms of Harris’ surrender, but would not release the date out of “concerns about his safety and people knowing he’s in town.”

    “He had to leave Charlottesville because he no longer felt safe in the city,” Merritt said of Harris, who was a resident of the city at the time of the August rally. “He couldn’t continue his job as an assistant school teacher because of anxiety that he gets around large crowds. He was doing a pretty good job recovering. But there’s still this angst of him being charged after being the recipient of this brutal attack. It’s set him back emotionally.”

  3. Liza says:

    105 photos of the fires in northern California.

    Northern California Wildfires Destroy Hundreds of Homes (PHOTOS)
    Oct 11 2017 01:00 PM EDT

  4. rikyrah says:

    Colin Kaepernick: From one man kneeling to a movement dividing a country.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Boys teach their friend how to tie a tie. The overload of support, brotherhood, and cuteness!
    — Jemisha Johnson (@jemisha_johnson) October 10, 2017

  6. rikyrah says:

    Trump’s actions are those of a would-be neo-fascist despot. Please SHARE these indicators that the president is a clear and present danger.
    — Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) October 11, 2017

  7. rikyrah says:

    The White House’s immigration proposals are terrible. Together, they would greatly damage to the character of our country. #ProtectDREAMers
    — Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) October 11, 2017

  8. rikyrah says:

    JUST IN: Former president Obama to campaign for #VAGov @RalphNortham next week. Thurs night 10/19 rally in Richmond
    — Doug Adams (@DougNBC) October 11, 2017

  9. rikyrah says:

    Frank Rich: Bob Corker and the Disgrace of Republican Silence
    Frank Rich

    Stating that his “most important public service” could occur in the 15 months between announcing his retirement and the end of his term, Bob Corker has unleashed some of the most direct attacks ever to come from a senator about his own party’s president. Virtually no Republican senators have spoken out in Trump’s defense — will they eventually have to pick sides?
    It’s a watershed moment that even when the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee invokes World War III, it is not enough to get the Vichy Republicans in Washington to speak up. The senators who remain silent while privately nodding in agreement with Corker don’t seem to understand the urgency of the situation. Someone should tell them that the tax cuts they are holding out for will not be honored in the event of nuclear Armageddon.

  10. rikyrah says:

    Republicans Irked at Corker’s Myopic Obsession With Preventing Catastrophe
    Jonathan Chait

    Senator Bob Corker is so concerned that Donald Trump’s erratic behavior could lead to a war causing millions of deaths that he has spoken out about the issue publicly. Corker’s fellow Republican are extremely upset. At Corker, not Trump.


    Indeed, the entire Politico story reads almost like an Onion article, treating the issue of Trump’s unfitness for office as a gossipy spat devoid of substance. It is an “increasingly ugly feud,” a “tit-for-tat,” that is “threatening to further hobble the party’s flagging agenda.” I am guessing that blustering into World War III, or even a smaller regional conflict, might also have some deleterious effects on the Republican legislative agenda.

    But the article merely reflects the broader, world-weary attitude the party has adopted. Democracy scholars are legitimately concerned about Trump’s authoritarian rhetoric, while national security experts are absolutely terrified that his attempts to out-crazy North Korea might create a deadly misunderstanding. The Republican Party, rationalizing its own indifference, has acted as though Corker is insulting the president out of nothing more than pique. “Senator Risch knows both Senator Corker and President Trump very well,” said Kaylin Minton, communications director for one Republican in the upper chamber. “He works with both of them. Senator Corker and the president obviously have differences they need to resolve, but Senator Risch has no intention of getting involved in this matter.”

  11. WTF? ALL of them should take a knee. Jerry Jones is waaayyyy out of bounds. This is some plantation slave owner fuckery.

  12. rikyrah says:

    ‘I’m sick of young black men being killed’.
    Strong, strong, words from a young American Football player.
    — BBC Sport (@BBCSport) October 11, 2017

  13. rikyrah says:

    Cowardly Repubs Have No Business Scolding Corker

    They don’t think Trump’s unfitness will fade away; they simply want the coverage of the president’s intellectual and temperamental unfitness to die down. How cowardly of them. We see the disturbing spectacle of “the entire Republican caucus in something resembling institutional paralysis, unsure of what to do or how to do it, but doing it in sync with nearly identical bland statements of nothingness.” Perhaps those who are waiting it all out rather than addressing a lapse of democratic governance (what else to call the rule by generals in place of a competent civilian president?) should not be in high office.

    Even worse than the silent scaredy-cats are those moral Lilliputians who scold Corker for raising unpleasant matters when they could be cutting the top marginal tax rate. Politico’s report reads more like a parody story from the Onion:

    Trump “needs to stop. But I wish Bob would stop too. Just stop,” said Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) in an interview Tuesday. “We’ve got so many other things that we need to be focusing on right now. We need to look ahead, not reflect on anything that’s been done or said in the past.” …

    “It’s an unfortunate exchange … I would like to see this end,” Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) said in the Capitol on Tuesday, adding that he does not, in fact, believe the White House is an adult day care center. “I would encourage them both to stop what they’re doing and get focused on what we need to be doing.”

    So the president is crazy and unhinged — is that supposed to get in the way of a 25 percent pass-through rate?

    These people should listen to how small and fearful they sound. The rest of us can surely see how afraid of confrontation with the “tweeter in chief” they have become.

  14. rikyrah says:

    The Chefs can find these towns in Puerto Rico, but FEMA CAN’T?

    They are trying to kill these American citizens.


    LIVE: food crisis in Puerto Rico! We’re #ChefsForPuertoRico—we can feed the island here & now with heart. Puerto Ric
    — José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) October 11, 2017

  15. rikyrah says:

    Trump finds new ways to condemn reporting he doesn’t like
    10/11/17 11:27 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Last week, Donald Trump’s authoritarian instincts got the better of him, and he called on Congress to investigate American media outlets that publish news he doesn’t like. This morning, apparently bothered by the latest reporting on his July 20 meeting at the Pentagon, the president went just a little further.

    “With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for country!”

    On the one hand, it’s not at all healthy in a modern democracy to have a chief executive publicly threaten the broadcast licenses of news organizations that publish reports he disapproves of. We’ve all grown quite accustomed to Trump’s posturing, but that doesn’t make his antics any easier to defend.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Trump takes an interest in the NFL’s ‘massive tax breaks’
    10/11/17 10:07 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Donald Trump recently decided it’d be a good idea to expand the nation’s culture wars to include athletes who engage in civil-rights protests. Yesterday, as the Washington Post reported, the president took the conversation in a very specific direction.

    President Trump on Tuesday escalated his tirades against the NFL in an ongoing controversy over players who kneel to protest racial injustice, questioning tax breaks for professional football and attacking an ESPN commentator who has been critical of him and the league.

    “Why is the NFL getting massive tax breaks while at the same time disrespecting our Anthem, Flag and Country? Change tax law!,” Trump wrote in an early morning tweet.

    As a rule, I don’t much care about the eagerness with which the president wants to feud with athletes who hurt his feelings – though he really should have better things to do with his time – but Trump’s tweet got me thinking. Just what kind of “massive tax breaks” do professional football teams actually enjoy?

    Up until a couple of years ago, the NFL was organized as a 501(c)(6) tax-exempt organization, which exempted the league from taxes on some of its activities. Some congressional Democrats, most notably Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), made the case in 2015 that it was time to take that benefit away.

  17. rikyrah says:

    SCOOP: NBC had the NYPD audio, women on camera talking about Weinstein’s abuse. For MONTHS.
    — Lydia Polgreen (@lpolgreen) October 10, 2017

  18. rikyrah says:

    The Supreme Court ruled back in 1943 that students don’t have to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. Still the law.
    — ACLU (@ACLU) October 10, 2017

  19. rikyrah says:

    Tucker Carlson actually just did a segment about how Clinton is a Weinstein enabler, from the chair where O’Reilly sat, on Ailes’s network.
    — Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) October 11, 2017

  20. rikyrah says:

    They are trying to kill those people in Puerto Rico.

    US officials “privately acknowledge” serious Puerto Rico food shortage:
    — Daniel Dale (@ddale8) October 11, 2017

  21. rikyrah says:

    Second day in a row for a CNN show. @andersoncooper just said his team invited all 52 GOP senators to come on tonight. None said yes.
    — Marshall Cohen (@Marshall_Cohen) October 11, 2017

  22. rikyrah says:


    Trump’s UK state visit downgraded, “he will not be guest of the Queen”.
    — Ale (@aliasvaughn) October 11, 2017

    • majiir says:

      I am very pleased to see that citizens in the UK are making it known at an international level that Trump is unfit to be POTUS. He won’t meet the Queen, and he won’t be riding in her gold carriage. Compare this to Pres. Obama and FL MO, both of whom the Queen was glad to host.

  23. rikyrah says:

    Meet the 2017 MacArthur Fellows (#MacFellow), 24 creative people who inspire us all:
    — MacArthur Foundation (@macfound) October 11, 2017

  24. rikyrah says:


    Nunes lunges back into Russia investigation with subpoenas
    Rachel Maddow reports on Rep. Devin Nunes, supposedly removed from the Trump Russia investigation, inserting himself again, this time with subpoenas for Fusion GPS, the firm behind the Trump Russia dossier.

    Nunes goes rogue with Trump Russia subpoenas
    Congressman Eric Swalwell talks with Rachel Maddow about how it an be that Rep. Nunes is issuing subpoenas in the Trump Russia investigation when he is supposed to have stepped aside because of his conflicts.

  25. rikyrah says:

    Sexual allegations against Weinstein expose open Hollywood secret
    Rachel Maddow looks at how recent stories of powerful men accused of sexual misconduct evolved from backstories of secrets.

    Hollywood women accusing Harvey Weinstein in growing numbers
    Ronan Farrow, contributor to The New Yorker, talks with Rachel Maddow about his months-long reporting on allegations of sexual harassment, assault, and rape against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

    Abuse of power a recurrent theme in accusations against Weinstein
    Ronan Farrow, contributor to The New Yorker, talks with Rachel Maddow about why the abuse of power depicted in the allegations against Harvey Weinstein makes it a story that resonates beyond Hollywood.

  26. rikyrah says:

    Two months later, Trump’s inaction on opioids is ‘not good’
    10/11/17 08:00 AM
    By Steve Benen

    It started on Aug. 10. That was the day Donald Trump, speaking from one of his golf resorts, used the words many in the public-health community wanted to hear.

    “The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I’m saying officially, right now, it is an emergency,” the president said from Bedminster. “It’s a national emergency. We’re going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis.”

    As regular readers know, Trump’s use of the word “officially” stood out because of its procedural significance: when a president makes an official emergency declaration, a series of steps are supposed to kick into action. NBC News reported at the time, “Experts said that the national emergency declaration would allow the executive branch to direct funds towards expanding treatment facilities and supplying police officers with the anti-overdose remedy naloxone.”

    Yesterday, meanwhile, was Oct. 10 – exactly two months later – and the official written declaration still hasn’t happened. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), the man the president appointed to lead a White House opioid commission, conceded yesterday that Trump’s inaction is “not good.”

  27. rikyrah says:

    Trump World isn’t done running against Hillary Clinton
    10/11/17 08:40 AM
    By Steve Benen
    For much of 2017, the line from Hillary Clinton’s conservative detractors was simple: she lost last year, so it’s incumbent on her to retreat from public life. No one, the argument went, wanted a failed presidential candidate to be a prominent voice on the major issues of the day. It was time for her to exit the stage.

    Oddly enough, the argument recently flipped. Clinton’s detractors, after demanding her silence for months, have begun condemning her for not saying more about controversies such as the sexual assault allegations surrounding Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Suddenly, everyone wants the failed presidential candidate to be a prominent voice on a major issue of the day.

    So, Clinton issued a statement yesterday expressing her disgust with Weinstein, prompting Republicans to complain that she didn’t speak out quickly enough.

    White House counselor Kellyanne Conway took to Twitter on Tuesday afternoon to blast Hillary Clinton over her slow pace to condemn Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual abuses.

    “It took Hillary abt 5 minutes to blame NRA for madman’s rampage, but 5 days to sorta-kinda blame Harvey Weinstein 4 his sexually assaults,” Conway wrote on Twitter.

    I suppose the obvious response to this is to focus on Conway’s audacious hypocrisy, working for Donald Trump – a man who was repeatedly accused of sexual assault – while criticizing Clinton for not issuing a statement condemning Weinstein at a speed Conway considers acceptable.

  28. rikyrah says:

    The lies Donald Trump likes a little too much
    10/11/17 09:20 AM
    By Steve Benen
    It’s not exactly a secret that Donald Trump tells a staggering number of lies on a nearly daily basis, but I’m especially interested in the ones he returns to, over and over again, even after being told he’s wrong.

    In this week’s interview with Forbes, for example, the president boasted, “I’ve had just about the most legislation passed of any president, in a nine-month period, that’s ever served. We had over 50 bills passed. I’m not talking about executive orders only, which are very important. I’m talking about bills.”

    This is, of course, demonstrably ridiculous, as Trump surely knows. But there’s a rationale behind the lie: the president is embarrassed by his failures, and he can’t explain his lack of accomplishments, so he’s made up a legislative record that exists only in his imagination.

    Similarly, Trump needs a rationale to sell his plan for massive tax cuts. The truth won’t do, so as Politico noted, the president is clinging to a specific lie.

    “We are the highest taxed nation in the world,” President Donald Trump has repeated over and over again.

    He said it Tuesday during a meeting with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. He said it at a White House event last Friday. He’s tweeted it, repeated it in television interviews and declared it at countless rallies. It is his go-to talking point, his favorite line as he tries to lead the Republican Party to a once-in-a-generation overhaul of the federal tax code.

  29. rikyrah says:

    * Charlie Cook says that events this week have changed the outlook for the 2018 midterms.

    Republicans woke up Columbus Day morning to the sights and sounds of the wheels coming off their midterm-election bus and their legislative jalopy. First came a widely publicized war of words between President Trump and the prominent Republican senator, Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker. Then came a Bloomberg News story by Jennifer Jacobs and Bill Allison laying out Steve Bannon’s intention to back challengers to most of the GOP senators seeking re-election next year…

    With 25 Democratic Senate seats up next year, ten in states Trump carried, five in states the former real estate developer won by 19 points or more, this should be a year for the GOP to expand its current narrow 52-48 majority. Under different circumstances, the GOP could hope to boost their Senate numbers by four to seven seats, perhaps even reaching the magic 60-seat Senate super-majority level that could break filibusters on party line votes. But given their current disarray, Republicans will need to fight hard to gain any new seats, and losing one or two of their own seats would put their majority in jeopardy.

    The stakes are even higher in the House where their majority status is in real danger…last week’s news reduced the odds of the GOP retaining its majority from a good bet to even money.

  30. rikyrah says:

    * Carter Page has been one of the few members of Trump’s team who has been absolutely chatty on cable TV when it comes to questions about the Trump/Russia investigation. Apparently something has changed:

    Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, informed the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday that he will not be cooperating with any requests to appear before the panel for its investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and would plead the Fifth, according to a source familiar with the matter.

  31. rikyrah says:

    Trump’s Approval Is Down in All 50 States
    by Martin Longman
    October 10, 2017

    Looking at the Morning Consult state-by-state poll numbers, there are a few interesting things to observe from the Electoral College perspective. Here are some of them:

    Trump has a lower approval number in Michigan (a state he won by 10,000 votes), than he does in Colorado (which he lost by 136,000).

    He’s polling worse in Arizona (+91,000) than he is in Pennsylvania (-44,000).

    The results in Iowa, Wisconsin, Colorado, and Virginia are all about the same, despite the wide variance in the results in those states last November. Iowa is the outlier here, since Trump won the state decisively.

    While he’s still net positive, he’s below 50 percent approval in Missouri, Montana, Indiana, Nebraska, Georgia and Florida.

    His five best states are Wyoming, West Virginia, Alabama, Louisiana, and Oklahoma, in that order.

    The six states with the closest approval/disapproval numbers are Arizona, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina and Georgia. It’s hard to see much distinction between them, but he’s near parity in the three formerly Confederate states. He’s barely negative in North Carolina and barely positive in Georgia and Florida.

  32. rikyrah says:

    Krugman Says Potential Fed Chair Warsh Is ‘Wrong About Everything’
    By Agnel Philip
    October 10, 2017, 4:17 PM CDT

    Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman didn’t mince words when asked about former Federal Reserve Governor Kevin Warsh’s candidacy to run the institution: “He’s been wrong about everything,” from inflation to fiscal policy, Krugman told Bloomberg Television in an interview Tuesday.

    But that may not stop President Donald Trump from nominating Warsh, 47, for Fed chair, because he has solid family connections and a Republican pedigree, according to Krugman, a consistent critic of the GOP. Warsh is married to Jane Lauder, daughter of Trump friend Ronald Lauder.

    “It’s kind of almost awesome. You could almost make money by taking whatever he thinks is going to happen and betting the other way,” according to Krugman. A spokesman at the Hoover Institution, where Warsh is now a fellow, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

  33. rikyrah says:

    Video: Smart of @Maddow to press @RonanFarrow about why NBC didn’t greenlight/support him pushing his Weinstein investigation #TTT
    — Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) October 11, 2017

  34. rikyrah says:

    Richard Branson: Michelle Obama told me ‘we’re free’ after leaving White House
    BY JACQUELINE THOMSEN – 10/10/17 09:45 PM EDT

    Entrepreneur Richard Branson said Michelle Obama told him “We’re free” after leaving the White House in January.

    Branson wrote in his new book, “Finding My Virginity”, that the former first lady said she felt liberated after the couple left the White House in January, according to passages of the book provided by People Magazine. The Obamas spent a 10 day-long vacation with Branson in the British Virgin Islands in January.

    “It’s so nice to have my name back after eight years,” she told Branson, according to the book.

    The British entrepreneur wrote that the Obamas insisted on staff at the island calling them by their first names and hosted a party for the employees at the end of their trip.

    Michelle Obama told Branson that it was the first time she was sad to end a vacation and asked, “‘Can we just bottle this up and keep this vibe?’” Branson wrote.

  35. rikyrah says:

    Megyn Kelly is Destroying NBC’s Morning Ratings


    • majiir says:

      Selling scripted BS to brain-dead tools on Fox is vastly different from trying to sell it to sane, knowledgeable, viewers on NBC. I stopped watching Morning Joke on NBC almost 10 years ago because MJ lied so much about then-Sen. Barack Obama when he was running for POTUS. MJ admitted on-air one morning that his own mom had told him to stop lying about BO.

  36. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😐😐😐

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