Fire chief resigns & blames media after posting racial slur against Steelers head coach

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WTAE-TV:

The Cecil Township Board of Supervisors announced the volunteer fire chief no longer holds his position at the Muse Volunteer Fire Company just one day after apologizing for a Facebook post directed at Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin Monday in which he used a racial slur.

A statement from the Muse Volunteer Fire Company President is expected to be released Tuesday.

Janice Crompton, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

The Washington County fire chief who landed in hot water for posting a racial slur about Steelers coach Mike Tomlin to Facebook has resigned his position.

“The media dragged my fire company and township into this as well as my family,” said Paul Smith, former chief of the Muse Township Volunteer Fire Department in Cecil, in a statement to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

After the Steelers coach explained the team’s decision to remain in the tunnel during the singing of the national anthem in Chicago on Sunday, Mr. Smith posted on Facebook that Tomlin was a “no good” N-word, and then added “Yes I said it.”

“I regret what I said deeply and I am not the racist the media portrays me as. What I said was wrong and posted in anger,” he said a statement sent to a Post-Gazette reporter Tuesday afternoon.

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