A sportswriter's racist tweet about Takuma Sato winning the Indianapolis 500 cost him his longtime job at the Denver Post.
Terry Frei reacted to the Japanese IndyCar Series driver winning the prestigious Memorial Day weekend race by saying he was "uncomfortable" with someone from Japan winning the race, in what appeared to be a World War II reference.
"Nothing specifically personal, but I am very uncomfortable with a Japanese driver winning the Indianapolis 500 during Memorial Day weekend," Frei wrote in a Twitter post that has since been deleted, according to USA Today.
Frei was showered with negative responses from the comment.
NBC News reported that Frei first attempted to defend the original tweet.
"THIS is what Memorial Day is about. Dave Schreiner's death in Battle of Okinawa. Not for squeamish or 'sensitive,'" Frei wrote in a tweet that has also been deleted, according to NBC News. The network wrote that Schreiner was a football player who died while serving alongside Frei's father in World War II, and whom the sportswriter had written about in the past.
The Denver Post announced that Frei no longer worked at the paper on Monday.
After the firing, Frei issued an apology on Twitter Tuesday in an attempt to put the tweet in context.
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