Connecticut-based sports reporter Fred Gerteiny was fired on Wednesday after posting a tweet that referred to Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) as an "Uncle Tom."
Gerteiny, the now-former News 12 Connecticut sports reporter, was responding to a story about Scott saying that he thought President Trump "misspoke" when he told right-wing group the Proud Boys to "stand back and stand by." Scott was calling on Trump to correct his statement if he did actually misspeak.
Gerteiny replied "Thanks Uncle Tom" to Scott in a now-deleted tweet, resulting in his termination from his job.
"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," said News 12.
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