Denver Post Columnist Fired After Racist Tweet About Indy 500 victor

Terry Frei a sportswriter for The Denver Post has come under fire for tweeting that he was unhappy with Takuma Sato's win at Sunday's Indianapolis 500

Terry Frei a sportswriter for The Denver Post has come under fire for tweeting that he was unhappy with Takuma Sato's win at Sunday's Indianapolis 500

A Denver sportswriter has apologized after tweeting Sunday that he was "uncomfortable" that the victor of the Indy 500 is Japanese.

Denver Post publisher Mac Tully and editor Lee Ann Colacioppo issued a statement on Monday that sportswriter Terry Frei is no longer an employee of the newspaper one day after he tweeted that he was "very uncomfortable" with Japanese driver Takuma Sato winning the Indianapolis 500 during Memorial Day weekend.

Takuma Soto made history Sunday by becoming the first Japanese driver to win the Indianapolis 500, marking a big moment for the Formula One's popularity in his home country and another major win for Andretti Autosport.

It wound up sparking a wave of backlash, with countless Twitter users blasting him throughout the evening for being insensitive.

Frei later deleted his tweet and offered a terse "I apologize" Sunday night.

Frei deleted the tweet but not before it was screenshot and several other Twitter users roasted the reporter
Frei deleted the tweet but not before it was screenshot and several other Twitter users roasted the reporter

He thanked a woman who remarked in a sympathetic tweet that Frei saw Sato's win "as incongruous with today".

"I fouled up. I'm sorry".

Frei said in the apology the source of his anti-Japan angst was rooted in his father having fought in World War II.

Schreiner was an American football player who died while serving alongside his Frei's father in World War II, and whom the sportswriter had written about in the past. Dave Schreiner's death in Battle of Okinawa. "That is part of my perspective", he wrote.

Frei also apologized to Sato in his letter, adding, "I made a stupid reference, during an emotional weekend".

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