Pat Garofalo NBA tweet: Minn. rep. apologizes after ‘racist’ statement

“Otherwise we don’t think we should dignify it with a response.”

His Twitter feed is a mix of sarcastic takes on politics, pop culture and sports. In June, Democratic Rep.

“If the bird watching, hippy, tofu-eating vegan liberals in Minneapolis had their way, the Iron Range never would have mined taconite either,” he tweeted last month, referring to a statewide debate over a proposed mine in northern Minnesota.

“Sometimes people forget when they are in certain positions what they say can have a lasting effect of people’s impression upon them and the rest of legislators they serve with,” Schoen said.

MINNEAPOLIS –  A Minnesota lawmaker apologized Monday for his tweet about NBA players that some saw as racist, saying he was rightly held accountable for inaccurate stereotyping.

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.

Later, he told reporters that he didn’t have a racial motivation for the tweet.


March 10, 2014: Rep. I apologize. I’ve never even heard of the guy. I don’t know who he is.”

The last time a Timberwolves player ran into legal trouble was in 2010, when Michael Beasley, who’s now with the Miami Heat, was ticketed for speeding and possessing marijuana in a Twin Cities suburb.

Garofalo also apologized for remarks about the NBA’s policy on drug enforcement, saying it was stronger than he believed. I pride myself on the fact I’ve tutored in inner-city Minneapolis,” Garofalo said, adding there are “no excuses. Paul suburb of Farmington, tweeted Sunday night: “Let’s be honest, 70% of teams in NBA could fold tomorrow + nobody would notice a difference w/ possible exception of increase in streetcrime.”

“We expect more from our elected officials,” NBA Players Association spokesman Ron Klempner said. The Vikings bill also gave Minneapolis clearance to upgrade the arena where the state’s NBA team — the Minnesota Timberwolves — play.

“The public’s reaction speaks for itself,” shooting guard Kevin Martin said.

The Timberwolves were reluctant to comment on the situation when approached by reporters after practice.

Rep. During football and NASCAR seasons, he offers his predictions via his pet, “Buddy The Sports Gambling Dog.”

Garofalo is the second Minnesota legislator in the last year whose tweets attracted national attention and accusations of racism. Ryan Winkler of Golden Valley apologized and deleted a tweet that referred to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as “Uncle Thomas” following a ruling on the nation’s landmark voting rights law.

“I sincerely apologize to those who I unfairly categorized,” said Garofalo, who’s seeking a sixth term in the fall. “I don’t see any reason anybody has to say anything about it. Last year, he was one of four House Republicans who voted in favor of legalizing gay marriage. that randomly tests players for marijuana four times per year.

Despite his tendency for partisan rhetoric, Garofalo departed from conservative orthodoxy on at least one major issue. Pat Garofalo, a fifth-term Republican from the St. Those individuals did not deserve that criticism and I apologize.”. The vote complicated re-election campaigns of other Republicans who also voted in favor, but Garofalo won his local GOP endorsement last month and has plenty of money banked for his race.

Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, talks to the media after he apologized for a tweet. (AP/The Star Tribune)

He also voted for bills to give the Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Twins new stadiums. Dan Schoen, a Democrat, said he doesn’t think Garofalo is racist based on past public and private statements.

But in his statement Monday, he said he’d reconsidered.

Sunday’s blunt Twitter commentary was nothing new for Garofalo, who regularly makes sharp-tongued speeches on the Minnesota House floor and even edgier remarks online.

“I don’t have a racist bone in my body. The NBA is the only pro league in the U.S. “The NBA has many examples of players and owners who are role models for our communities and for our country. I’m responsible for my actions.”

Garofalo initially stuck by his words even after they drew hundreds of negative comments and more than 1,000 retweets, insisting they were misinterpreted.

“That has nothing to do with us,” coach Rick Adelman said

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