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Minnesota Lawmaker Slammed For Racist NBA Tweet

A Minnesota lawmaker has been condemned on Twitter for his highly racist tweet regarding NBA athletes and crime. Pat Garofalo, a Republican representative from Farmington, Minn., tweeted last night and said “let’s be honest, 70% of teams in NBA could fold tomorrow + nobody would notice a difference w/ possible exception of increase in streetcrime.” The racist tweet has since spread and gone viral on the social media site.

“The racial and racist undertones in this comment is beyond alarming,” tweeted Ryan Vernosh, who was named Minnesota Teacher of the Year in 2010. Another Twitter user, @BBallJenky, slammed Garofalo for the comment and said that “there’s more criminals in your profession than the nba buddy.” When someone informed Garofalo that crime rates were higher in the NFL than the NBA, he responded by telling the Twitter user that “NFL rosters are almost 5 times larger.”

After sleeping on it, Garofalo still isn’t backing down from the racist tweet. “I reject that any criticism of athletes and their conduct is somehow racist. I was talking about the NBA’s high arrest rate,” he said. “I really don’t understand how being critical of a culture of pro athletes has anything to do with race. This is a behavior that transcends the race of the athlete, and it seems to be a culture in all professional sports these days.”

Earlier this afternoon, he told Deadspin via e-mail that “the culture among many pro athletes that they are above the law is the problem, not people like me pointing that problem out.”

(Photo: Minnesota House)

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  • Debra Ranson

    Of course he doesn’t see anything wrong with it….ya’ll just keep talking and handing Hillary the White House in ’16! Thanks!!

  • edmond

    the arrest rate of professional athletes is actually less than half that of non-athletes in America. The difference is, when the vast majority of regular people get arrested, they don’t end up on TMZ and ESPN.

  • Jay Schulz

    I love the morons on the right their traps stay open

  • FalconTypo

    Wow. It’s 2014, and some pasty white folks still aren’t getting the message.

    Shut up, dopey Opie.

  • Linda Nash

    another racist coming out of the closet

  • Evelyn Radford

    He himself looks like a criminal! Child rapist and I’m not backing down either!

  • JRNYE5C4P3

    Farmington is the armpit of the Twin Cities suburbs. No surprise…

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  • jimbo_slice1

    He doesn’t even get it. As a politician why would you even make such a comment? What was the point of this comment from him? I find it more idiotic then racist. Of course it was racist but only an idiot politician would tweet this comment. He should be more concerned with his constituents than the NBA IJS

  • 2Smart2bGOP

    Spoken like the kid who was always picked last for teams in school.

  • Conswela Johnson

    He does know that most, N.B.A. players have College Degrees!

  • lugnut

    And weak people like this, are selling out the country with all the big money bribing them to screw the American people in favor of corporations. This corporate whore. The only difference in him and other criminals, he doesn’t get arrested.