Published: Mon, June 05, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Sportswriter Fired for Controversial Indianapolis 500 Tweet


Sato is the first Asian driver to ever win the prestigious event held on Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

However, Frei did nothing to help quell the matter when he later tweeted: 'THIS is what Memorial Day is about.

Frei later tweeted "I apologize", which sparked another round of negative responses for its brevity.

That's the message Denver Post sportswriter Terry Frei tweeted Sunday. "We hope you will accept our profound apologies".

When the moment came, Takuma Sato seized it, and was rewarded with one of auto racing's grandest prizes. "I know better, and I'm angry at myself because there was no constructive objective to it". The Denver Post issued an apology saying Frei's statement does not reflect the organization's standards and values.

Frei addressed the controversy on Twitter and wrote that he'd "fouled up".

Of course, the tweet received an immediate backlash on social.

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Terry Frei, a sports reporter for the Denver Post, sent the questionable tweet shortly after Japanese race vehicle driver Takuma Sato hailed victory in the illustrious Indy 500.

Jerry Garrett of the New York Times passed along comments from the 40-year-old Tokyo native about winning on the sport's biggest stage.

"I can't begin to thank the Japanese fans", he said.

"Once I hit the wall, I tried to turn right to keep the vehicle into the wall so I would stay out of harm's way, but unfortunately the way the auto was damaged, I came back across and I feel really bad for collecting Scott", Howard said. When Blake Olson of Channel 9 asked him about being unarmed, he laughed and said, 'I had a pistol.' He flew 67 missions, crossing the 300 combat hours threshold, and earned the World War II Air Medal three times. His post, which appeared to reference World War II, drew immediate criticism.

See Frei's full statement on the matter below.

On Monday, the Denver Post took it a step further and publicly announced Frei's termination.

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