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Shortly after Takuma Sato won the Indianapolis 500, Denver Post reporter Terry Frei—either trying to be funny or being serious—thought it would be a good idea to post how ‘uncomfortable’ a Japanese guy winning the race made him.
..and there went his job.
“A Denver sportswriter is out of his job after triggering an onslaught of criticism for tweeting that a Japanese driver winning Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 made him “uncomfortable.”
Terry Frei, a sports reporter for the Denver Post, sent the questionable tweet shortly after Japanese race car driver Takuma Sato hailed victory in the illustrious Indy 500.
“Nothing specifically personal, but I am very uncomfortable with a Japanese driver winning the Indianapolis 500 during Memorial Day weekend,” he wrote.
Frei apologized Sunday but not after doubling down in his response to the first wave of heat by tweeting “THIS is what Memorial Day is about. Dave Schreiner’s death in Battle of Okinawa. Not for squeamish or ‘sensitive.’”
Unsurprisingly, another round of criticism followed, leading Frei to delete his tweets and replace them with “I apologize.”
The Denver Post released a statement on Monday apologizing for the “disrespectful and unacceptable tweet.”
“Terry Frei is no longer an employee of The Denver Post,” the statement added.”
UPDATE: The Denver Post’s statement on Terry Frei https://t.co/HPYG08nOe9
(corrects typo from earlier version) pic.twitter.com/3ROSPSsELE
— The Denver Post (@denverpost) May 29, 2017
Frei then took to social media and apologized for his actions.
OK, I took out the name of a book. pic.twitter.com/b953FbqMEh
— Terry Frei (@TFrei) May 29, 2017