(KYMA, KECY)- The CEO of Agroplasma, a fertilizer company in Arizona, loses his job after hurling racist slur at Uber driver.
NBC News reports Hans Berglund the CEO, was removed from the company based in Tempe.
Berglund was getting into an Uber on January 31 when the driver, a 25-year-old Arizona State University student asked him to sit in the car's back seat rather than the front.
According to Berglund, he said he wanted to sit in the front with the driver, to which the driver, Randy Clarke replied, "I don't like when people sit in the front, I'm sorry."
Reports said Berglund got in the car and angrily kept asking Clarke why he couldn't sit in the front saying, "Are you f---ing serious with me?" followed by, "Is that because I'm white?"
Clarke replied, "No, sir" at which point Berglund called him the N-word.
Agroplasma announced Wednesday that Berglund had been released of his duties pending an investigation.
NBC News says Berglund said in a telephone interview with KPNX that he had been drinking and regrets his comments. “I apologize to the guy. I shouldn’t have said what I said.”