A Chattanooga man had been at his new job for a little more than a week before he was told not to come back – all because he sat during the national anthem.

According to Fox 17 Nashville, Tyler Chancellor worked for 9Round, a kickboxing gym in Chattanooga. He was training to become a coach at their gym and had been on the payroll for a little more than a week before attending a company event on Saturday.

Chancellor says he was invited to sit with his coworkers in the VIP section of the Camp Jordan arena. During the national anthem, Chancellor remained seated.

“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.

On Monday, he said his employer fired him because he would not stand. Chancellor said Saturday was the first time he’d been present for the playing of the national anthem since the controversy between the NFL and President Donald Trump began.

“I wasn’t the only one sitting down,” Chancellor said. “There were other minorities in the stands sitting down.”
He said no one said anything to him that night, and he didn’t know anything was wrong until he met with his boss Monday morning.

“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. There was no sugar coating.”

The owner of the facility in East Brainerd said the company backs military and first responders. He considered Chancellor’s actions disrespectful.

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30 thoughts on “Gym Worker Loses Job For Sitting During National Anthem

  1. Republican hypocrites on said:

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    The people will be too.
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    desciminated against blacks
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  3. African American Woman on said:

    Here’s a solution for all you folks who believe that an employer is forced to employ someone-anyone-who causes a conflict of interest between employer and employee; all of you get together, pool your money and start your own business that hires these like-mindrd people. Problem solved!

    • Fake ass Dr Lawrence – he wasn’t ON THE JOB. – they were at a function – he fired him because he didn’t like his position on the protest. @Kate1221 and JHuf- phuck you!!

      • Whooo weee! That sounds like what 9Round said to young Mr. Chancellor after he didn’t agree with them to stand during the National Anthem. Great minds think alike huh, Chris.

  4. Deborah Mitchell on said:

    Marie thank you for the advice for the young man. i am so sick and tired of ignorance as to why the protest is taking place. I applaud this young man representing his rights as a young black man. We as a ppl must unite and fight as our forefathers and they WON. FAMILY WE MUST TAKE ON THE FIGHT OF FREEDOM FOR ALL.

    • Dr. Lawrence on said:

      There is no black family left to fight. The black family structure was the price we willingly paid for welfare handouts. We did it to ourselves and continue to this day to serve on the democratic plantation

    • This was an employee that just started working for this company and NO ONE bothered to say to him that he needed to stand face losing his job. I’m sure that nowhere within their employee handbook does it states that it was required for him to stand. To be fired for what the constitution states is your right…freedom of speech! This company would be coming up with a lot of money when I got through with them. This protest isn’t about what ignorant people like you want to believe, It’s about abuse, so STOP making it about the military or any other entity you want to throw in to make you feel better.

      • I don’t remember saying one thing about the military. You can stay on that indignant high horse, beat your chest and howl at the moon until the cows come home. It makes not one iota of difference. It’s still their company, their rules. He has a right to do whatever he wants in the way of protesting injustices. But, the people he worked for has a right to decide whether or not they want to be a part of it. Evidently, they didn’t. He was a trainee. Not a tenured employee that was bringing in the big bucks. It’s not like there aren’t plenty of young men who would gladly step in and fill his spot and his employer knows that. He did what he wanted to do and they did what they wanted to do. Now that he no longer has a job, he can spend as much time as he wants on his knees and no will care. Get mad and call me all the names your little heart desires. But a thing can only be what it is. The bosses didn’t want to deal with his drama, so they fired him, which they had every right to do. Simple truth.

  5. Kathy Branscomb on said:

    I’m 66 years old, and every black person need to read the last stanza of the national anthem. We have been standing for years for a racist national anthem that subscribes to “kill black people.” It was not written for us to be proud of. Read it for yourselves, and to you white evangelicals who are always calling on God, don’t know what the real Jesus is all about. And I truly believe that there is a special place in HELL for you and all who believe as you do.!!!!!!

  6. specialt757 on said:

    Keep in mind people, this is the same tactics used during the protests in the 60s, if you don’t agree with your employers views you can be fired. I thought we had long since past that part of history, but here we are again in 2017 with the same issues. Don’t sleep y’all this is just our government’s way of controlling and keeping us in our place, and that place is subject to change at their will.

  7. This is ridiculous!! People are totally losing focus of what the non-standing protest is all about!! For the love of God TAKE THE DAM BLINDERS OFF PEOPLE!!!! We’re not protesting or disrespecting the military or first responders!! WE’RE PROTESTING DISCRIMINATION!!!!!!!!!

    • African American Woman on said:

      Thats fine and people have the right to peaceful protest, but that does not mean an employer is obligated to keep you employed with them. They had every right to terminate him.

      • This was an employee that just started working for this company and NO ONE bothered to say to him that he needed to stand face losing his job. I’m sure that nowhere within their employee handbook does it states that it was required for him to stand. To be fired for what the constitution states is your right…freedom of speech! This company would be coming up with a lot of money when I got through with them. This protest isn’t about what ignorant people like you want to believe, It’s about abuse, so STOP making it about the military or any other entity you want to throw in to make you feel better.

      • African American Woman on said:

        Its obvious you don’t do much research…there are certain classes of people that qualify for protection under anti discrimination laws…this guy isnt ine of them. An employee handbook doesn’t have to list every possible situation that would qualify as a conflict if interest between employer and employee. If him not standing was viewed as a possible conflict of intereste, they had a right to let him go. Its a gym for heaven’s sake! Its owned by a person who has the right to decide who he wants to employ. This guy has the right not to stand, no one is arguing that; but the employer also has the right not to employ and pay someone he doesn’t want to. You want to be able to recognize the rights of some but not others. Isnt the right not to stand during the anthem your point? But you want to deny the rights of the opposing side-hypocritical much????

    • specialt757 on said:

      Jen, protesting against discrimination has ALWAYS been the AAs fight in America. It won’t end and as you can see all AAs don’t see it as discrimination, they see it as “their” right to discriminate against us and we have to submit.

  8. Eve1128 on said:

    If he was employed for a week he probably was on probation. On most jobs when you are hired you are on probation for 90 days and during that period you can be terminated for any reason. I’m sure there is nothing he can do.

  9. African American Woman on said:

    There is no current law on the books that protects the right not to stand for the national anthem. The employer has a right to terminate him if they feel his views endanger the employer’s reputation. There is a limited set of protected classes under discrimination laws. Everyone has a right to peaceful protest, but others also have the right to establish their own beliefs as well…maybe he should look into employment with a black owned business that agrees with his ideology…he gets to protest and support us at the same time.

  10. specialt757 on said:

    Was standing for the anthem a condition of employment? Probably not. Here’s a case where going against the views of your employers will get you fired, are we still living in the 50s and 60s?

  11. dontworryaboutwhoiam on said:

    Bullshit brother. F*&k em. When god closes one door he opens up another filled with surprises. Bless you brother for sitting for our cause. I would do the same damn thing

    • americanize on said:

      There you go,maybe it wasn,t for you to be employed there.Keep it moving.The white devils are all on code,they see a movement starting,and they are trying to stop it,black America you have no friends.Unified or Die.

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