The Denver Post on Monday fired sportswriter Terry Frei a day after he tweeted that a Japanese driver's victory in the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend made him "very uncomfortable."
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
On Sunday, Frei launched his tweet after Japanese driver Takuma Sato held off the competition to win the Indy 500 on a day of hair-raising crashes. "Nothing specifically personal, but I am very uncomfortable with a Japanese driver winning the Indianapolis 500 during Memorial Day weekend," Frei tweeted. He deleted the tweet shortly after.
Hours later, he issued a lengthy apology citing the emotional nature of Memorial Day weekend and his father's military service.
OK, I took out the name of a book. pic.twitter.com/b953FbqMEh
— Terry Frei (@TFrei) May 29, 2017