We have another addition to the long list of Twitter fuck-ups from politicians. This tweet came courtesy of Minnesota State Representative Pat Garofalo.
Let's be honest, 70% of teams in NBA could fold tomorrow + nobody would notice a difference w/ possible exception of increase in streetcrime— Rep. Pat Garofalo (@PatGarofalo) March 9, 2014
Many readers found the tweet racist, and others questioned why he used "streetcrime" instead of "crime." Street is usually associated to low-income neighborhoods, which are typically made up of minorities.
@PatGarofalo the racial and racist undertones in this comment is beyond alarming.— Ryan Vernosh (@RyanVernosh) March 9, 2014
Garofalo responded to Deadspin and said that he didn't mean for the tweet to come off as racist:
I was talking about the NBA's high arrest rate and that their punishment for positive drugs tests are weaker than other leagues. 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.
As Bleacher Report pointed out, research from TideSport.org’s 2013 Racial and Gender Report Card found that 76 percent of NBA players are African-American. In addition to that, The Diss brought up figures that show the arrest rate in the NBA is below the national average.
[via Extra Mustard]