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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.

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