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Reporter gets fired for 'racist' Indy 500 tweet

30 May 2017

Sato became the first Japanese driver to win the prestigious race held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana.

Terry Frei, a sports reporter for the Denver Post, fired off a questionable tweet shortly after Japanese race vehicle driver Takuma Sato hailed victory in the illustrious Indy 500 over the weekend. He apparently realized how the remarks likely would be received, as he quickly deleted the tweet, though not before other Twitter users were able to take screenshots.

However, Frei did nothing to help quell the matter when he later tweeted: 'THIS is what Memorial Day is about. I researched and wrote quite graphically about the deaths of my father's teammates, Dave Schreiner and Bob Baumann, in the Battle of Okinawa. "Not for squeamish or 'sensitive". Around the time he posted the racially-charged tweet, Frei says he was on his way to visit his father's grave at Fort Logan National Cemetery.

On Monday, the Denver Post announced that Frei was no longer an employee.

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Of course, regardless of who did what in World War II, the truth is the Indianapolis 500 has always been an worldwide affair. He said he has photos Schreiner carried of his family and girlfriend when he was killed.

That tweet was also subsequently deleted and Frei later sent out a simple: 'I apologize'. That is part of my perspective.

First he tweeted nothing more than "I apologize", thus taking the laziest path of least resistance.

But, clearly the Denver sportsman felt queasy that the winning driver was a man who hails from a country America fought in World War II.

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"I apologize to Takuma Sato", Frei continued.

"I should have known better and I regret it", Frei wrote.

"We apologize for the disrespectful and unacceptable tweet that was sent out by one of our reporters", the statement reads.

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Reporter gets fired for 'racist' Indy 500 tweet