Denver sportswriter out of job after tweet about Japanese Indy 500 winner
A veteran sportswriter left the Denver Post on Monday after he said he was unsettled by a Japanese driver’s victory in the Indianapolis 500 over the Memorial Day weekend, when the United States honors its war dead, including those killed by Japanese forces in World War II.
Terry Frei triggered a firestorm of criticism with his remark, sent over Twitter after Takuma Sato became the first Japanese driver to win the Formula One motor race. Sato beat 32 other competitors in the prestigious event staged at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, known as the Brickyard.
“Nothing specifically personal, but I am very uncomfortable with a Japanese driver winning the Indianapolis 500 during Memorial Day weekend,” Frei tweeted on Sunday.
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