ABILENE, Texas — Insurance company Aflac has decided to cut ties with Abilene City Councilman Kyle McAlister after social media posts considered to be racist by McAlister were brought to the public's attention.
Aflac said in a statement released on Tuesday, "Mr. McAlister is an independent sales agent, not an employee of Aflac, we have sent notification to him that we are terminating his contract to sell our product. Aflac is widely recognized and often honored by organizations such as Black Enterprise and Latina Style as a role model for diversity and inclusion. We do not tolerate this type of behavior."
A friend of McAlister's who would like to remain anonymous told KTXS that McAlister has learned from his mistake and has paid the price for his mistake, but things have been taken too far.
McAlister had sold Aflac insurance for more than 20 years in the Abilene community and there was no immediate response from Aflac when they were asked about what would happen to his clients.
Earlier this month, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), made some 20 Facebook posts by McAlister available to the public and McAlister's comments were considered to be derogatory to Hispanics.
The Place 5 Abilene City Councilman has been asked to step down from the Abilene City Council.
McAlister has already been removed from officiating soccer games with the Abilene Independent School District and his Sunday night radio show was pulled off of the air by KACU.
KTXS has reached out to McAlister for comment, who provided the following statement, which can be read in full below:
Last week, I was notified by Aflac that the status of my contract was being reviewed. I filed an appeal on that decision last Thursday. I have not heard back from them. To my knowledge, I am still licensed to sell Aflac products.