2017 Indianapolis 500 winner, Takuma Sato. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

Takuma Sato, a Tokyo native, will go down in history as being the first Japanese driver to win the Indianapolis 500, making this passing Sunday’s race historical and apparently controversial to some.

Sportswriter for the Denver Post, Terry Frei was let go from his position for posting an arguably racist tweet about Sato’s win that said, “Nothing specifically personal, but I am very uncomfortable with a Japanese driver winning the Indianapolis 500 during Memorial Day weekend.”


Realizing that his discriminatory tweet rubbed readers the wrong way, Frei removed it from his feed; however the tweet had already gone viral. In addition to removing the tweet, Frei apologized in attempt to regain what was left of his reputation as a notable journalist and author. In his apology, Frei referred to his tweet as a “stupid reference during an emotional week.” He blamed his father having to fight the Japanese in World War II for his social media outburst and anger in regards to Sato’s win.

The Denver Post quickly issued a statement saying, “The tweet doesn’t represent what we believe nor what we stand for. We hope you will accept our profound apologies.”


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