The Denver Post fired sportswriter Terry Frei on Monday following a tweet he sent Sunday regarding Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato.
The tweet, which he has since deleted, read: "Nothing specifically personal, but I am very uncomfortable with a Japanese driver winning the Indianapolis 500 during Memorial Day weekend."
Frei received immediate backlash for the tweet, with several people saying he should be fired. After a barrage of responses, Frei took down the tweet and sent a tweet that simply said, "I apologize." He then followed that up with yet another apology, this time with more explanation.
He explained that his initial tweet stemmed from him visiting his father's grave site. His father fought in World War II.
"I am sorry, I made a mistake, and I understand 72 years have passed since the end of World War II and I do regret people with whom I probably am very closely aligned with politically and philosophically have been so offended. To those people, I apologize."
Frei also apologized to Sato in his letter, adding, "I made a stupid reference, during an emotional weekend."