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Minnesota Lawmaker Pat Garofalo Apologizes For NBA ‘Street Crime’ Tweet

on March 10, 2014

CBS New York

MINNEAPOLIS (CBSNewYork/AP) — A Minnesota legislator’s tweet about the NBA has prompted hundreds of responses, with many on social media calling it racist.

State Rep. Pat Garofalo sent a tweet Sunday that read: “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 Star Tribune reported that when asked about the tweet, the Farmington Republican said he was “talking about NBA’s high arrest rate and that they are the only major pro league that testing positive for marijuana is not a substance abuse violation.”

Garofalo added: “No intent beyond that.”

More than 1,100 people retweeted it and hundreds more responded as of Monday morning. Many called the comment he made in the tweet racist.

Ryan Vernosh, Minnesota’s Teacher of the Year in 2010 according to his Twitter profile, responded:

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