Denver Post writer is 'no longer an employee' after sending racially charged tweet



On Sunday, Denver Post sportswriter Terry Frei sent a racially charged tweet after Takuma Sato, a Japanese professional driver, won the Indianapolis 500.

In his now-deleted tweet, Frei said, "Nothing specifically personal, but I am very uncomfortable with a Japanese driver winning the Indianapolis 500 during Memorial Day weekend," Poynter reported. In a follow-up tweet, on Sunday night, Frei simply said, "I apologize."

A few hours later, Frei followed up that tweet with a lengthier message reading in part:

"I should have known better and I regret it," Frei wrote. "I made a stupid reference, during an emotional weekend, to one of the nations that we fought in World War II." In his apology letter, Frei said that when he was sending the offensive tweet, he was on his way to place flowers on his father's grave — a man he says flew unarmed missions over Japan during WWII. He also noted that he "understands 72 years have passed" since that war.


On Monday, the Denver Post announced that Frei was no longer an employee. In a statement issued by president and CEO Mac Tully and editor Lee Ann Colacioppo to 9NEWS, a local Denver NBC affiliate, the Post explained:



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May 29, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Verizon IndyCar Series driver Takuma Sato talks to car owner Michael Andretti after winning the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
May 29, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Verizon IndyCar Series driver Takuma Sato holds up a Japanese flag after winning the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
May 29, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Verizon IndyCar Series driver Takuma Sato and his team kiss the bricks after winning the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
May 16, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Verizon IndyCar Series driver Fernando Alonso watches from the pits during practice for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
May 18, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Four time Indy 500 winner Rick Mears watches from the pits during practice for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
May 16, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Verizon IndyCar Series driver Fernando Alonso drives across the yard of bricks during practice for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
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May 17, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Verizon IndyCar Series driver Fernando Alonso talks with Gil de Ferran during practice for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
May 19, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Verizon IndyCar Series driver Simon Pagenaud sits in his car during practice for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
May 19, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Verizon IndyCar Series driver Marco Andretti sits in his car during practice for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
May 20, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Gil de Ferran, left, shakes hands with Fernando Alonso as he waits in line during qualifying for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports
May 29, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Verizon IndyCar Series driver Takuma Sato and his team kiss the bricks after winning the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
May 28, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; James Hincliffe takes a photo of Tony Kanaan before the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports
May 26, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Verizon IndyCar Series driver Fernando Alonso pulls in for a pit stop during Carb Day for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
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