Journalist Fired After Tweet Expressing Discomfort with Japanese Winning Indy 500 on Memorial Day

Terry Frei tweeted that “very uncomfortable with a Japanese driver winning the Indianapolis 500 during Memorial Day weekend.”

The Denver Post sports writer was promptly fired, saving his employer a lot of embarrassment. The story became national news.

Terry deleted the tweet and later wrote about the incident in very apologetic terms, but it was too late. The Denver Post did not reinstate him.

The Denver Post apologized as well, saying on Twitter that Frei’s words do “not reflect the standards and values of our organization.”

Late Monday morning, the Post sent a statement to 9NEWS, which said Terry Frei was no longer with The Denver Post.

The newspaper’s statement read in its entirety:

“We apologize for the disrespectful and unacceptable tweet that was sent by one of our reporters. Terry Frei is no longer an employee of The Denver Post. It’s our policy not to comment further on personnel issues.

The tweet doesn’t represent what we believe nor what we stand for. We hope you will accept our profound apologies.”

Read more about it at Denver 9News.

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