In Chattanooga, a local man is speaking out after being fired for emulating the NFL anthem protests. The national controversy has divided the nation, and apparently, this resident thought he would join in and add his personal objections to supposed racial injustice. However, he was representing his company at the time, and as a result, was sacked for his juvenile act.
Tyler Chancellor worked for 9Round, a kickboxing gym in Chattanooga. According to the company, he was training to become a coach at the gym. He had only been on the payroll for over a week when he was asked to represent the company at the VIP section of the Camp Jordan arena this weekend.
On Saturday, he went. He decided to join the ranks of other American dissenters and sat during the national anthem. On Monday, the owner told him not to come back.
“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 said.
He claims that he wasn’t the only person disrespecting the song that describes the bloody battle of Fort McHenry in the War of 1812, and says that no one said anything that evening about it.
However, when he returned to work on Monday he said his boss cited the sitting down during the anthem as reason for dismissal. “She said because you sat down, you were a part of a 9Round event, and you sat during the national anthem,” Chancellor said. “We no longer want to continue business with you.”
The owner of the gym explained to local news reporters that the company is a strong supporter of the U.S. military and first responders. As such, Chancellor’s actions were disrespectful and projected an image contrary to their company’s.
In Tennessee, personal liberties are still respected and protected. There is no state income tax and laws allow business owners to refuse service and fire employees or contractors without cause. Essentially, citizens in the state are allowed to exercise their First Amendment rights without being told by the government that they must bow to someone else’s feelings.
Harvard Law School professor Mark Tushnet confirmed the state law. He told local reporters, “Employers are entitled to fire people, what’s known as ‘at will.’ That is for any reason they have, or for no reason at all.”
Exactly. If a person operates a business in the state, he has the right to choose employees based on personal prerogative, if he or she chooses. That’s what’s called freedom.
Liberals inaccurately argue that it’s discrimination, but that’s what they claim about everything.
In reality, it means that if a business only chooses to hire conservatives, that’s protected. People who disagree with it can patron competitors or organize a boycott. But liberals don’t think that way. They want the federal or state government to act like a big bully, telling people what they are allowed to think, do, or like.
In fact, Tennessee isn’t unique in that respect. About half of the country’s other states give employers the ability to fire “at will.” Such protection ensures that lawsuits are limited and that small business owners can exercise their constitutionally protected liberties.
Any employer can fire any employee based on political beliefs, or if they just don’t like a person. This sort of provision ensures that the marketplace is both fair and free.
Chancellor told reporters that he looked into legal action, but learned that there is not much he can do to punish the company for standing up for its beliefs. It seems like many people want to use their First Amendment right to protest, but don’t want to face any consequences or allow others to use theirs.
In this case, the company had every right to fire him. And considering Roger Goodall’s letter to the NFL owners yesterday, it looks like the fifteen minutes are almost over for the anthem protests.