Minnesota Lawmaker Pat Garofalo Defends Racist NBA Tweet

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The Minnesota legislator whose tweet about the NBA aroused cries of racism is known as a feisty lawmaker who has long enjoyed ribbing his liberal counterparts.

Rep. Pat Garofalo, a fifth-term Republican from Farmington, has faced an avalanche of criticism for suggesting this weekend that pro basketball players had criminal tendencies, but didn’t back down from the statement Monday.

“Let’s be honest, 70% of teams in NBA could fold tomorrow + nobody would notice a difference w/ possible exception of increase in streetcrime,” Garofalo tweeted Sunday night. About three-fourths of the NBA’s players are black, according to a 2013 report card from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport.

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