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A sportswriter's tweet about a Japanese driver winning the Indy 500 cost him his job

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UPDATE 1:22 p.m. EST:  Terry Frei "is no longer an employee of The Denver Post."

ORIGINAL STORY:  File this under tweets you'll regret an hour after posting them.

After Formula One driver Takuma Sato made history by becoming the first Japanese winner of the Indy 500, Terry Frei of the Denver Post tweeted the following, according to the New York Post:

"Nothing specifically personal, but I am very uncomfortable with a Japanese driver winning the Indianapolis 500 during Memorial Day weekend."


If you guessed that a lot of people didn't like that tweet, you guessed right.

One user, Megan Brown, tweeted:

"SPECIFICALLY personal, i am very uncomfortable w your racism, xenophobia & lack of understanding of what the Indianapolis 500 is all about"


Even the band The Mountain Goats got involved:

"Really just a monumentally stupid tweet," wrote the band account. "Congrats."

It seems Frei deleted his tweet because it no longer shows up on his profile, but he later posted this semi-related tweet:

"THIS is what Memorial Day is about. Dave Schreiner’s death in Battle of Okinawa. Not for squeamish or ‘sensitive'."

Which he later deleted, too.

He finally posted this tweet:


We'll see if the internet forgives him.

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