Minnesota Republican Lawmaker Sends Racist Tweet About NBA Players

Pat Garofalo is a state representative.

Pat Garofalo is a Republican member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. He sent this tweet Sunday night about “streetcrime” increasing if “70%” of NBA teams folded.

Via Twitter: @PatGarofalo

In an email to BuzzFeed, Garofalo said he was speaking about the “NBA’s high arrest rate.”

“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.”

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Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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