If former Denver Post columnist Terry Frei’s immediate reaction was any indication, an Asian winning a prestigious American sports event can indeed ruffle some racist people’s feathers.
After a glorious win at the recently concluded Indianapolis 500, Japanese-born driver Takuma Sato and his racing team, Andretti Autosport, anticipated a celebratory week, and rightfully so.
Tokyo-born Takuma Sato took everyone by surprise and made a White man feel uncomfortable, by emerging victorious at the recently concluded Indianapolis 500. Sato is the first Asian driver to ever win the prestigious event held on Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana.
An ESPN article pointed out that most Indy fans were expecting the likes of Scott Dixon taking the win, or perhaps, Alexander Rossi doing a repeat. Heck, they even expected Fernando Alonso, an F1 world champion performing a rookie run, to win the Indiana race.
UPDATE [5-29-17 12:40 p.m. PST]: Terry Frei has been fired from his job at the Denver Post in a statement issued by publisher Mac Tully and editor Lee Ann Colacioppo:
“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.”