Takuma Sato of Japan won the Indy 500 this weekend, and a Denver sportswritter posted a racist tweet about the drivers win.

On Sunday May 28th 2017, Takuma Sato became the first Japanese winner of the Indy 500, but soon after the win he was attacked on social media by Denver Post sportswritter Terry Frei.

The Tweet Send Out By Terry Frei, Denver Post Sports Writter...

Soon after Frei posted the tweet he deleted it, but as we all know, with social media once it's out there, it is out there to stay.

The backlash started right away and Terry quickly sent out another Tweet hoping to explain his actions...

 

But it wasn't enough to save his job.

The Denver Post sent out a statement apologizing for him, and saying that his discomfort wasn't representative of their company:

"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."

KFR listeners weighed in with there thoughts. We asked the question...

Should Terry Frei had been fired for his comments about Takuma Sato winning the Indy 500?

Cam said...

"I was at the Indy seeing Sato win was very cool! in fact, from our seats we could see the pit crew go crazy. I think the comments the reporter made were wrong and that every action has a consequence. I understand he was emotional but it is too late to apologize for the comments he made."

John said...

I don't think the reporter should of been fired. In America we have "Freedom of Speech". People in America are getting too soft, 20 years ago his comment would be acceptable. The reporter should be able to express what he feels, whether we agree with it or not."

Jamie said...

"That reporter should be fired. He had strong feeling, but he could of worded the tweet different. If he had thought first the tweet would be only kinda racist, rather then straight up racist."

Amber said...

"What the reporter said was an act of racism! It doesn't matter what the drivers race is, we should be proud. We should happy for anyone who won. It's 2017 and here in America we should accept all races, that is what makes America different, we come together!"

Ann said...

"He was rightly fired. I understand that he was emotional about his father and the holiday weekend, but what he said was racist. My father was African American,  served in WII, and upon his return he was not even allowed to ride the train home because of his race. Now days American's have forgotten their morals . We have forgotten about common courtesy and common respect for others."