4 Time Colorado Sportswriter Of The Year Throws Away Denver Post Job With Racist Tweet
SMH… When will people learn to stop using social media when they’re emotional? Four-time Colorado Sportswriter Of The Year Terry Frei is out of a job at The Denver Post after he tweeted (then deleted) the following, according to SI reports:
“I am very uncomfortable with a Japanese driver winning the Indianapolis 500 during Memorial Day weekend”
The tweet followed Takuma Sato’s historic Indy 500 win Sunday. Sato is the first Japanese-born driver to win the race.
The Denver Post issued a statement distancing themselves from Frei:
“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.”
Frei apologized separately in a lengthy statement via Twitter
“I fouled up,” Frei wrote. “I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have said what I said when I said it. I should have known better and I regret it. I in no way meant to represent my employer and I apologize to The Denver Post.“
“I made a stupid reference, during an emotional weekend, to one of the nations that we fought in World War II,” he added.
The Post definitely did the right thing, but what do you think about Frei’s apology. Seems to us like he was trying to rationalize his bad behavior by detailing his family’s role in WWII history.
SMH. Folks gotta do better. Keep that racist mess off social media!