SPONSORED:

Connecticut TV sports reporter fired after referring to Sen. Tim Scott as 'Uncle Tom'

Connecticut TV sports reporter fired after referring to Sen. Tim Scott as 'Uncle Tom'
© Greg Nash

A television sports reporter in Connecticut was fired after referring to Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottMcConnell says he's undecided on whether to vote to convict Trump McConnell won't reprise role as chief Trump defender GOP Sen. Tim Scott opposes impeaching Trump MORE (R-S.C.) as "Uncle Tom" in a since-deleted tweet on Wednesday. 

"After reviewing the incident, the network released sports reporter, Fred Gerteiny, as a result of a racially insensitive comment," News 12 Connecticut said in a Wednesday statement. "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's tweet was in response to Scott, who is the only Black GOP senator, who addressed President TrumpDonald TrumpFacebook temporarily bans ads for weapons accessories following Capitol riots Sasse, in fiery op-ed, says QAnon is destroying GOP Section 230 worked after the insurrection, but not before: How to regulate social media MORE's "stand back and stand by" remarks on the white supremacist Proud Boys group during Tuesday night's presidential debate with Joe BidenJoe BidenMissouri woman seen with Pelosi sign charged in connection with Capitol riots Facebook temporarily bans ads for weapons accessories following Capitol riots Sasse, in fiery op-ed, says QAnon is destroying GOP MORE

ADVERTISEMENT

“I think he misspoke in response to Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceMulvaney: Earlier Trump controversies were 'policy differences' or 'stylistic,' but 'Wednesday was existential' Clyburn: House has responsibility to impeach Trump over Georgia call Fox's Chris Wallace: Pence 'chose the Constitution' over helping Trump MORE’s comment. 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,” Scott said.

Gerteiny wrote "Thanks Uncle Tom" on Twitter while sharing a story by The Hill reporting on Scott's remarks. 

 

Trump has since told the Proud Boys to "stand down," with the president adding he wasn't aware of who the group is.  

ADVERTISEMENT

Gerteiny issued an apology on social media on Wednesday. 

"Earlier today, I tweeted a racially insensitive comment, when I referred to @SenatorTimScott as an 'Uncle Tom,'" Gerteiny tweeted. "I apologize to the Senator, my colleagues @News12CT, and anyone else I may have offended with this deeply offensive tweet.”

The reporter has since deleted his account.