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Republican Lawmaker's Racist Tweet: Crime Would Increase If NBA Folded

Minnesota state Representative Pat Garofalo placed himself in hot water on Sunday.

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A Republican state lawmaker from Minnesota is in hot waterafter 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:

The message sparked cries of outrage.  Here's one tweet in response to Garofalo:

But Garofalo defended himself in an interview with KARE, a local TV station.

“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."


Alex Kane is former World editor at AlterNet. His work has appeared in Mondoweiss, Salon, VICE, the Los Angeles Review of Books and more. Follow him on Twitter @alexbkane.

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