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Minnesota GOP State Representative Pens Racist Tweet About NBA Players
New York Daily News ^ | MONDAY, MARCH 10, 2014 | Adam Edelman

Posted on 03/10/2014 5:34:42 PM PDT by nickcarraway

‘Let’s be honest, 70% of teams in NBA could fold tomorrow + nobody would notice a difference w/ possible exception of increase in streetcrime,’ tweeted state Rep. Pat Garofalo Sunday.

A Minnesota state lawmaker is under fire after making comments about the NBA that many feel were out of bounds. Gopher State Republican Rep. Pat Garofalo tweeted Sunday that “70% of teams in NBA could fold tomorrow + nobody would notice a difference w/ possible exception of increase in streetcrime.”

The offensive tweet was met widely with criticism: more than 1,200 people retweeted it and hundreds of others replied to the tweet, calling it racist.

After the fallout, Garofalo said he was only "talking about NBA's high arrest rate.”

“They are the only major pro league that testing positive for marijuana is not a substance abuse violation," he told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “No intent beyond that.”

Garofalo, according to the Star Tribune, regularly takes to social media to convey controversial opinions. Last summer, Minnesota residents widely blasted the Minneapolis-area native for a tweet in which he called a teachers union a liberal hate group.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Politics/Elections; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: 2014election; 2016election; bigot; blackkk; election2014; election2016; lesbihonest; minnesota; nba; patgarofalo; trayvonmartin

1 posted on 03/10/2014 5:34:42 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

A racist tweet with no reference to race?


2 posted on 03/10/2014 5:37:15 PM PDT by oblomov
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To: nickcarraway

Is it, or is it not the truth?


3 posted on 03/10/2014 5:39:12 PM PDT by Parmy
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To: nickcarraway

There was outrage? The truth hurts.


4 posted on 03/10/2014 5:39:49 PM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (What we need is to sucker the fedthugs into a "Tiananmen Square"-like incident on the National Mall!)
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To: nickcarraway

He probably meant Lin.


5 posted on 03/10/2014 5:40:53 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: Parmy

I guess you would say if the NHL ended, there would be an increase in serial killers?


6 posted on 03/10/2014 5:42:03 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

That wasn’t racist. It was culturist. And I’m completely with him.


7 posted on 03/10/2014 5:42:19 PM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: Parmy

Truth is irrelevant. Only feelings count.


8 posted on 03/10/2014 5:42:25 PM PDT by madprof98
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To: nickcarraway

Maybe it keeps a lot of criminals home watching the game on TV?


9 posted on 03/10/2014 5:42:58 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: nickcarraway

10 posted on 03/10/2014 5:44:00 PM PDT by Theoria (End Socialism : No more GOP and Dem candidates)
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To: nickcarraway; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ...

> ‘Let’s be honest, 70% of teams in NBA could fold tomorrow + nobody would notice a difference w/ possible exception of increase in streetcrime,’ tweeted state Rep. Pat Garofalo Sunday.

Well, that was circumspect, eh? What a stupid ass.


11 posted on 03/10/2014 5:44:53 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: nickcarraway

They don’t call it thug ball fer nuthin’.


12 posted on 03/10/2014 5:49:34 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Any Congressman who thinks it was a good idea to tweet that, really doesn’t deserve to be that. He should go back to being a supermarket manager.


13 posted on 03/10/2014 5:49:46 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

You sure post a lot of race based threads. Do you have a chip on your shoulder?


14 posted on 03/10/2014 5:50:18 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: SunkenCiv

These smart guys don’t GET IT that liberals are lurking around the corners just waiting to pounce on them, looking for the weakest link, so to speak.

This is a STATE REPRESENTATIVE, which, in the states I have lived in, has about as much power and money as a used car salesman (which is a MUCH more honorable profession, BTW). But, tomorrow, this will be NATIONAL NEWS on MSNBC.


15 posted on 03/10/2014 5:52:48 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: oblomov

its Common Core Racism...

the New New Math...the New New Racism...


16 posted on 03/10/2014 5:53:51 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey (Jesus came to Save not Entertain / Ground John Kerry Now!)
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To: The Antiyuppie

“National news” and “MSNBC” don’t really belong in the same sentence, ;’) but well said!


17 posted on 03/10/2014 5:57:05 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: nickcarraway

S’truth....


18 posted on 03/10/2014 6:03:29 PM PDT by Ms. Blunt
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To: nickcarraway

Why is this racist? It’s not like almost all the players in the NBA are black! Oh, wait, they ARE!

It is a racist league since they don’t have enough affirmative action white people. Not an equal opportunity employer. /s

I guess this is all why I have totally given up on major leagues sports. I’ve gone from season ticket holder in the NFL to not having watched a baseball, basketball, or football game in 20 years in person or on TV.

Don’t have a clue who is on which team, who the stars are, and only knew who was in the Super Bowl since that’s all I heard for several weeks. But all I knew was who the quarterbacks were. I can’t remember them right now or which team they played for.

Thank God Almighty, FREE at last!!


19 posted on 03/10/2014 6:18:50 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault
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To: Starstruck

Maybe it keeps a lot of criminals home watching the game on TV?


That’s how I took it.


20 posted on 03/10/2014 6:23:08 PM PDT by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: nickcarraway

Ok, where’s the racism??


21 posted on 03/10/2014 6:37:23 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: lepton
Maybe it keeps a lot of criminals home watching the game on TV?
That’s how I took it.

So in order for some one to call the comment racist, they would have to believe that the criminals watching the game are Asian or ............Black? All I can say is that if you are offended by his comment you are probably racist.

22 posted on 03/10/2014 6:37:34 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: SunkenCiv
"What a stupid ass."

I agree. the stupid ass doesn't know the difference between the NBA and the NFL.

Moron can't keep his criminal Pro leagues straight.

23 posted on 03/10/2014 6:40:43 PM PDT by boop (I just wanted a President. But I got a rock.)
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To: nickcarraway

Has anyone else noticed that these crazy witch hunts against white people by the mass media are increasing rapidly? Why on earth would a NYC local newspaper spill any ink over this? Everyday, a large, mainstream media outlet has some “story” like this. It wasn’t happening a few years ago.


24 posted on 03/10/2014 6:54:49 PM PDT by Monmouth78
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To: nickcarraway
Anyone who witnessed the onslaught surrounding the Las Vegas All Star game a few years ago would fully understand the tweet.

Racist? IDK. If the shoe fits, put 'em both on, a-holes.

25 posted on 03/10/2014 6:56:28 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Monmouth78

Since Halfrican Baraq took office, it’s all race all the time.


26 posted on 03/10/2014 6:58:22 PM PDT by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: nickcarraway

Crap like that comment only feeds the liberal slander machine. That they push the false GOP-is-racist narrative is bad enough... why give them ammunition???


27 posted on 03/10/2014 7:03:49 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: Right Wing Assault

Unfortunately, while you’ve been gone, this year’s Super Bowl was the most watched televised event in history with 108.6 million viewers, so spectator sports still matter to a whole lot of people.


28 posted on 03/10/2014 7:08:12 PM PDT by Nero Germanicus (PALIN/CRUZ: 2016)
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To: RginTN

It was bigotry, not racism. Like when President Obama talked about, “a typical white person.”


29 posted on 03/10/2014 7:10:36 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
The truth is the NBA (and NFL and MLB to follow) has lost a lot of blue collar and middle class fans. They are pricing themselves out of the market, and their only fans consist of rich white liberals and hip-hop/entertainment blacks.

I stopped watching the NBA after Jordan retired. For me, nothing beats high school and college basketball.

30 posted on 03/10/2014 7:12:46 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (15 years of FReeping! Congratulations EEE!!)
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To: nickcarraway

And some of us actually wonder why Conservatism is getting the crap kicked out of it.


31 posted on 03/10/2014 7:13:29 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: nickcarraway

TS it’s true.


32 posted on 03/10/2014 7:18:23 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: nickcarraway

Honesty is always racist. Is the NBA still around?


33 posted on 03/10/2014 7:48:52 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (2014: The Year of DEAD RINOS)
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To: nickcarraway
The only thing racist about the tweet is the guy who yelled racism.
34 posted on 03/10/2014 8:24:49 PM PDT by Cyman (We have to pass it to see what's in it= definition of stool sample)
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To: cuban leaf

The same could be said of the NFL, sadly.


35 posted on 03/10/2014 8:26:15 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: nickcarraway

Why do we continue to do this to ourselves. First law of holes seems not to have been learned by some of these yobs


36 posted on 03/10/2014 8:28:17 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: ScottinVA
Crap like that comment only feeds the liberal slander machine.

And how! If a national election was imminent, this story would be the big national news event of the week.

"And so, Senator Cruz, do you agree with your Republican colleague Rep. Garofalo that most black athletes are potential criminals?"

It's all about mobilizing the low-information vote, and the left's propaganda machine does that very well.

Rule #1 for Republican politicians: Never give the MSM ammunition that they can use against you.

37 posted on 03/10/2014 11:44:12 PM PDT by TChad (The Obamacare motto: Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.)
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To: Nero Germanicus
so spectator sports still matter to a whole lot of people

Yes, they do. It's not just sports. People will watch just about anything, it seems.

38 posted on 03/11/2014 2:54:51 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault
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To: oblomov
A racist tweet with no reference to race?

(Progressive response) Yeah, but we know what he MEANT!

39 posted on 03/11/2014 8:36:25 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: TChad
Rule #1 for Republican politicians: Never give the MSM ammunition that they can use against you.

Meh. They'll just make something up if you don't provide it to them. Mean what you say, say what you mean, and don't apologize when you're right, no matter how much pressure they apply.

40 posted on 03/11/2014 8:39:32 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: nickcarraway
I do know this. When my kid was a WSU and Mike Price was the football coach at that time and WSU had some pretty good football teams under Price, he brought in players from LA and other getto areas. These guys would play until the semester was over. By then they hadn't gone to class enough or passed any tests, so they would be flunked out.

They generally hung around long enough to steal things out of the next-door apartment and then get thrown into jail.

They didn't realize that the property in the other apartment really didn't belong to them.

41 posted on 03/11/2014 9:04:46 AM PDT by Parmy
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To: nickcarraway
This must be the single most important thing a Minnesota state representative ever said in the history of the union, at least according to the New York Daily News, since it is the absolutely only thing ever said by a Minnesota state representative in the history of the union that they printed.

Or does the Daily News have some sort of agenda that makes them want to make big stories out of possibly racist statements when they are made by one particular party.

42 posted on 03/11/2014 9:10:07 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Starstruck

If you take it as racist.


43 posted on 03/11/2014 12:15:16 PM PDT by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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