Rep. Garofalo apologizes for categorizing NBA players in tweet - KMSP-TV

Rep. Garofalo apologizes for categorizing NBA players in tweet

Posted: Updated:
ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

A tweet sent by Rep. Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington) prompted the politician to issue an apology on Monday after allegations of racism and furious responses followed his NBA commentary.

His tweet sent shortly after 6:30 p.m. on Sunday read:

@PatGarofalo "Let's be honest, 70% of teams in NBA could fold tomorrow + nobody would notice a difference w/ possible exception of increase in streetcrime."

"I was talking about the NBA's high arrest rate and that their punishment for positive drugs tests are weaker than other leagues," Garofalo said. "No intent beyond that. The culture among many pro athletes that they are above the law is the problem, not people like me pointing that problem out," Garofalo said in an email to Buzzfeed.

On Monday, Rep. Garofalo released the following statement:

"In the last 24 hours, I've had the opportunity to re-learn one of life's lessons: whenever any of us are offering opinions, it is best to refer to people as individuals as opposed to groups. Last night, I publicly commented on the NBA and I sincerely apologize to those who I unfairly categorized. The NBA has many examples of players and owners who are role models for our communities and for our country. Those individuals did not deserve that criticism and I apologize. In addition, it's been brought to my attention that I was mistaken and the NBA policy on drug enforcement is stronger than I previously believed. Again, I offer my sincere apologies for my comments."

His original tweet prompted more than 1,514 retweets, hundreds of comments and allegations of racism. That may be because more than 75 percent of NBA players are black.

After his statement was released, he took to Twitter with a different message:

@PatGarofalo "To those NBA players and others who are unfairly categorized by my comments, please accept my apologies."

At a hearing on energy policy he was scheduled to attend Monday, Garofalo said he's gotten death threats over his original tweet.

"I don't have a racist bone in my body," he said.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • VIDEO: 'Spoiled' baby deer just wants belly rubs

    VIDEO: 'Spoiled' baby deer just wants belly rubs

    Friday, August 1 2014 4:30 PM EDT2014-08-01 20:30:20 GMT
    A tree trimming crew picked up a baby deer to move it to a safe location, but it just wanted to stay in the arms of a worker.
    A tree trimming crew picked up a baby deer to move it to a safe location, but it just wanted to stay in the arms of a worker.
  • PHOTOS: In memory of Mendota Heights Officer Scott Patrick

    PHOTOS: In memory of Mendota Heights Officer Scott Patrick

    Thursday, July 31 2014 3:48 PM EDT2014-07-31 19:48:12 GMT
    Paramedics gathered early Thursday morningParamedics gathered early Thursday morning
    Hundreds of family members, friends and members of the Mendota Heights community continued to gather Thursday to honor Officer Scott Patrick, the first in the department to die in the line of duty.
    Hundreds of family members, friends and members of the Mendota Heights community continued to gather Thursday to honor Officer Scott Patrick, the first in the department to die in the line of duty.
  • Mendota Heights cop killer charged: 'I hate cops and I'm guilty'

    Mendota Heights cop killer charged

    Friday, August 1 2014 4:20 PM EDT2014-08-01 20:20:05 GMT

    Criminal charges against Brian Fitch in the shooting death of Mendota Heights Police Officer Scott Patrick will be announced at a 2 p.m. news conference with prosecutors from Dakota County and Ramsey County.

    Criminal charges against Brian Fitch in the shooting death of Mendota Heights Police Officer Scott Patrick will be announced at a 2 p.m. news conference with prosecutors from Dakota County and Ramsey County.


Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices