Sports writer loses job over tweet on Ja­panese Indy win­ner

Cape Breton Post - - Sports -

DEN­VER — A vet­eran sports writer is no longer work­ing with The Den­ver Post af­ter he posted on Twit­ter that he was “un­com­fort­able with a Ja­panese driver win­ning the Indianapolis 500 dur­ing Memo­rial Day week­end.’’ Terry Frei sent the tweet af­ter Takuma Sato on Sun­day be­came the first Ja­panese driver to win the race. Frei sent a fol­low-up tweet apol­o­giz­ing to Sato and the pa­per for his com­ment, say­ing he “fouled up.’’ He noted his tweet oc­curred dur­ing an emo­tional time when he was hon­our­ing his late fa­ther, who was a World War II pi­lot in the fight against Ja­pan. He de­clined to com­ment fur­ther Mon­day.

The Den­ver Post apol­o­gized on its web­site, say­ing that Frei’s tweet was dis­re­spect­ful and un­ac­cept­able. It said Frei was no longer em­ployed and de­clined fur­ther com­ment.

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