A Denver sportswriter is being slammed on social networks after firing off a “racist” tweet about the winner of the Indy 500 being Japanese.
“Nothing specifically personal, but I am very uncomfortable with a Japanese driver winning the Indianapolis 500 during Memorial Day weekend,” Frei tweeted after Sato became the first Japanese driver to win the prestigious race.
His tweet came about an hour after previous Formula One driver Takuma Sato made history Sunday by taking home the checkered flag.
It triggered a wave of reaction, with countless Twitter users blasting him throughout the evening for being insensitive.
Frei later tweeted a lengthier apology, which he deleted and replaced with a slightly revised version to remove the title of one of his books. “I made a stupid reference, during an emotional weekend,” wrote Frei, whose father was a World War II veteran.