Lawmaker catching heat for NBA tweet often feisty

Lawmaker catching heat for NBA tweet often feisty


1 photo

Estimated read time: Less than a minute

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota legislator whose NBA-related tweet aroused cries of racism this weekend isn't backing down.

Five-term Republican Rep. Pat Garofalo has faced an avalanche of criticism for suggesting there would be more street crime if teams in the professional basketball league folded. About three-fourths of the NBA's players are black.

Garofalo sought to clarify the remark Monday in a text message to The Associated Press. He says he meant to convey that pro sports leagues have a problem with athletes obeying the law and that his tweet transcended race.

He declined to be interviewed further.

Garofalo represents a district south of the Twin Cities and is seeking a sixth term in the fall.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Photos

Brian Bakst

    SIGN UP FOR THE KSL.COM NEWSLETTER

    Catch up on the top news and features from KSL.com, sent weekly.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast