Fire chief resigns after outcry over post that referred to Mike Tomlin with slur

PITTSBURGH -- A Pittsburgh-area volunteer fire chief has lost his post after using a racial slur to describe Steelers coach Mike Tomlin.

Paul Smith of the Muse fire company in Cecil Township, Pennsylvania, wrote on Facebook that he added Tomlin to a list of "no-good" people who he describes with the slur. Smith said he was upset that Tomlin's team stayed in a stadium tunnel instead of standing on the field for the national anthem ahead of Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears.

The Cecil Township Board of Supervisors said on its website on Tuesday that Smith "is no longer the volunteer fire chief."

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Smith resigned. He told the newspaper he's "not the racist the media portrays me as."

He added that he "posted in anger."