Republican Lawmaker's Racist Tweet: Crime Would Increase If NBA Folded
A Republican state lawmaker from Minnesota is in hot water after tweeting a racially charged message about basketball on Sunday.
State Representative Pat Garofalo said there would be an uptick in crime if the National Basketball Association closed down. Here’s the tweet:
Let's be honest, 70% of teams in NBA could fold tomorrow + nobody would notice a difference w/ possible exception of increase in streetcrime— Rep. Pat Garofalo (@PatGarofalo) March 9, 2014
The message sparked cries of outrage. Here's one tweet in response to Garofalo:
@PatGarofalo the racial and racist undertones in this comment is beyond alarming.— Ryan Vernosh (@RyanVernosh) March 9, 2014
“I was talking about the NBA's high arrest rate," said Garofalo. The state lawmaker added: “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."