A News 12 Connecticut sports anchor was fired after calling Senator Tim Scott “Uncle Tom” in a now deleted tweet. The tweet was sent by sports reporter Fred Gerteiny, who has now deleted his account. He has also been released by News 12.
The tweet was a reply from Gerteiny in response to an article from The Hill. The article featured a clip of Tim Scott (R, SC) stating that Trump “misspoke” when asked to condemn white supremacy during the debates. “I think he misspoke, I think he should correct it. If he doesn’t correct it I guess he didn’t misspeak,” Scott said while meeting with Amy Coney Barrett. “Thanks Uncle Tom,” was Gerteiny’s response to the quote.
News 12 then issued a statement on the tweet yesterday evening. “After reviewing the incident, the network released sports reporter, Fred Gerteiny, as a result of a racially insensitive comment,” read the 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 issued an apology via tweet but has since deleted his account. “Earlier today, I made a racially insensitive comment, when I referred to (Tim Scott) as an ‘Uncle Tom’. I apologize to the Senator, my colleagues and anyone else I may have offended with this deeply offensive tweet.”