Denver Post fires sportswriter for racist tweet

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."

https://twitter.com/denverpost/status/869256388047810560

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.

https://twitter.com/TFrei/status/869036468429127680

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    Benjamin Mullin is the managing editor of Poynter.org. He previously reported for Poynter as a staff writer, Google Journalism Fellow and Naughton Fellow, covering journalism innovation, business practices and ethics.

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