Now former Denver Post sportswriter Terry Frei faced massive criticism after he tweeted he felt “very uncomfortable with a Japanese driver winning the Indianapolis 500 during Memorial Day weekend.”  Takumo Sato became the first Japanese winner of the famous car race.

The social media pile on led him to apologize and delete his tweet.

Later Monday, The Denver Post released a statement that condemned Frei’s views and announced he no longer worked at the publication.

From ABC10:

Late Monday morning, the Post sent a statement to 9NEWS, which said Terry Frei was no longer with The Denver Post.

The newspaper’s statement read in its entirety:

“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.”

The Post would not elaborate on whether Frei was fired or quit.

Here is one response to Frei’s tweet, which he has deleted:

After he deleted the tweet, he tweeted out “I apologize,” but that received just as much criticism.

So Frei wrote out a lengthy post to explain why he felt uncomfortable. His father served in WWII, where he “conducted unarmed reconnaissance missions over Japan as a pilot during World War II.”

Sports Becoming Too Political?

Again, the Post didn’t clarify if it fired him or if Frei quit. In a world where all sports is also political, this incident isn’t all that shocking.

Just look at ESPN, the world’s largest sports network, and the backlash they’ve received for becoming more political.

I know ESPN has lost viewers and money more for its outdated business model, but there’s no denying they’ve also lost revenue due to its tolerance of liberal behavior from its anchors. Even longtime anchor and fan favorite Linda Cohn admitted as much earlier this month. From Newsbusters:

How many times have you or someone you know said the following, “Why doesn’t ESPN just stick to sports?” or “Since when did ESPN become a political channel?” Well, apparently Linda Cohn, who has been with the network for over 25 years, thinks politics IS partly to blame for the layoffs. In an interview this past Friday with WABC’s “Bernie and Sid Show,” Cohn spoke about the loss of viewership the network has been experiencing.

Cohn, when asked if she feels there was a “distaste” among viewers for politics invading the programming decisions, said she feels it that is “definitely a percentage of it….I don’t know how big a percentage,” she said, “but if anyone wants to ignore that fact, then they’re blind. And that’s what I meant about the core group of what made ESPN so successful.”

ESPN fired Curt Schilling over his controversial tweets and thoughts, but let others fly. In 2011, ESPN refused to fire Todd Grisham after he called the Oklahoma loss to Texas Tech a “trail of tears.” He later apologized. Then in August 2016, Grisham tweeted, “As impressive as Ichiro’s 3,000 hits are, his unwillingness to learn English after 15 years in America amazes me more.” He deleted the tweet and apologized a few hours later.

Also in 2011, longtime ESPN anchor Kenny Mayne tweeted out that he “almost rammed car with palin bumper sticker. with intent.” Mayne is still there.