Sportswriter no longer employed by Denver Post after controversial tweet about Indy 500 winner

DENVER, Colo. — Terry Frei, a longtime sportswriter at The Denver Post, no longer works for the newspaper after he was criticized for a controversial tweet regarding the victory of Japan’s Takuma Sato in the Indianapolis 500 Sunday.

“Nothing specifically personal, but I am very uncomfortable with a Japanese driver winning the Indianapolis 500 during Memorial Day weekend,” Frei tweeted after Sato became the first Japanese driver to win the race.

Terry Frei
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Frei later took down the tweet and apologized on Twitter, but that didn’t stop a screenshot of the original tweet from circulating online.

The Denver Post issued an apology Monday morning, releasing a statement on their Twitter saying the tweet was “disrespectful and unacceptable” and that Frei no longer is an employee of the Post.

“We apologize for the disrespectful and unacceptable tweet that was sent by one of our reporters,” said publisher Mac Tully and editor Lee Ann Colacioppo. “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 tweeted a lengthier apology Sunday night, saying in part “I fouled up. 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.”

He had originally mentioned the title of one of his books, then quickly deleted it and posted a revised version sans his book title.

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