A television sports reporter in Connecticut is now a former television sports reporter after his employers him for a tweet in which he referred to Senator Tim Scott (R, SC) as an “Uncle Tom.”
Fred Gerteiny of News 12 in Connecticut, posted the since-deleted tweet on Tuesday night after Scott said that President Trump “misspoke,” after declining to explicitly condemn white supremacists.
“Thanks Uncle Tom,” Gerteiny tweeted.
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“I think he misspoke in response to Chris Wallace’s comment,” Scott said. “He was asking Chris what he wanted to say. I think he misspoke. I think he should correct it. If he doesn’t correct it, I guess he didn’t misspeak.”
Gerteiny’s employer issued a statement announcing his firing on Wednesday.
“After reviewing the incident, the network released sports reporter, Fred Gerteiny, as a result of a racially insensitive comment. News 12 Networks has a zero tolerance policy for racism or improper conduct based on race, and prides itself on being an objective and unbiased multi-platform news company.”
Gerteiny, who appears to have deleted his account, issued an apology for his post on Wednesday.
“Earlier today, I tweeted a racially insensitive comment, when I referred to @SenatorTimScott as an “Uncle Tom.” I apologize to the Senator, my colleagues @News12CT, and anyone else I may have offended with this deeply offensive tweet.”