Sportswriter Fired Over Post About Japanese Driver Winning Indy 500

 

Sportswriter Terry Frei has been fired by The Denver Post over his tweet Sunday (May 28th) after Japan's Takuma Sato became the first driver from an Asian nation to win the Indianapolis 500 that said: "I am very uncomfortable with a Japanese driver winning the Indianapolis 500 during Memorial Day weekend." Frei later apologized, but that apparently wasn't enough to save his job, with the newspaper telling local TV station KUSA on Monday, "We apologize for the disrespectful and unacceptable tweet that was sent by one of our reporters. Terry Frei is no longer an employee of The Denver Post." In his tweet apologizing, Frei had said, "I should have known better and I regret it. I made a stupid reference, during an emotional weekend, to one of the nations that we fought in World War II." He also said that his father flew recon missions over Japan during the war, and that around the time he posted the original tweet about Sato, he was on his way to visit his father's grave. 

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