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“I really don’t care. I didn’t see it, but they told me about it when I got here,” forward Corey Brewer said. “It’s his opinion, man. People out there have opinions. He said what he wanted to say. Who cares?” I was talking to Brewer alone, so I pressed him a little. But you don’t agree with him, I said with a laugh. “I don’t agree. Of course, why would I agree? It’s stupidity, but it’s his opinion,” Brewer said. Minneapolis Star-Tribune
The 140-character post sparked a swift, harsh national backlash. By morning, the Farmington Republican's tweet was national news, usually accompanied by the prefix "racist" and Garofalo was watching his own name scroll across the ESPN news crawl on the televisions at the gym. Garofalo issued a written apology Monday morning. “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," he said in the statement. "Last night, I publicly commented on the NBA and I sincerely apologize to those who I unfairly categorized." Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Later, he faced banks of cameras at the Capitol and apologized again. "I don't have a racist bone in my body," he said. "I pride myself on the fact that I've tutored [in] inner-city Minneapolis and in addition I've been a strong advocate for the charter schools in our communities. But there's no excuses. I apologize." Minneapolis Star-Tribune
In today's edition of "Things You'll Probably Regret Saying on Twitter," Minnesota State representative Pat Garofalo tweeted his thoughts about what he imagines would happen if NBA teams folded. Rep. 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 Sporting News
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