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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'
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A television sports reporter in Connecticut was fired after referring to Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottFrom HBCUs to Capitol Hill: How Congress can play an important role Democrats unveil bill to reduce police violence against people with mental illness Liberals should embrace Trump's Supreme Court nominee 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 John TrumpIvanka Trump, Jared Kusher's lawyer threatens to sue Lincoln Project over Times Square billboards Facebook, Twitter CEOs to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17 Sanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' MORE's "stand back and stand by" remarks on the white supremacist Proud Boys group during Tuesday night's presidential debate with Joe BidenJoe BidenFacebook, Twitter CEOs to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17 Sanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' Senate GOP to drop documentary series days before election hitting China, Democrats over coronavirus MORE

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“I think he misspoke in response to Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceChris Wallace teases Sunday interview with 'bestie' Ice Cube Five takeaways from the final Trump-Biden debate Chris Wallace says he was 'jealous' of moderator watching final debate between Trump and Biden 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.  

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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.