Turns out Toronto Mayor/Crackhead Rob Ford’s confused tweet about daylight savings time wasn’t the only political gaffe on Twitter this week. Minnesota State Rep. Pat Garofalo joined the ridiculous tweet club, claiming that street crime would increase if the NBA disbanded, which was seen by some as racist.
Garofalo tweeted Sunday that “Let’s be honest, 70% of teams in NBA could fold tomorrow + nobody would notice a difference w/ possible exception of increase in streetcrime.”
Despite the outcry, the fifth-term Republican initially stuck to his words, insisting they were misinterpreted and not at all racist. But as the complaints rolled in, Garofalo caved and apologized for his offensive comments.
“I sincerely apologize to those who I unfairly categorized,” said Garofalo, who’s seeking reelection in the fall. “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.”
He also insisted that his blunt comments didn’t have any racial motivation behind them.
“I don’t have a racist bone in my body. I pride myself on the fact I’ve tutored in inner-city Minneapolis,” Garofalo said.
Don’t forget to mention your black friend, Pat!
Pat Garofalo is no stranger to Twitter feuds. The notorious NBA-hating Republican has found himself in many social media spats, including one in which he made fun of liberal blogger Eric Pusey for his last name.