Minnesota lawmaker makes baseless NBA crime claim

March 10, 2014 – 1:04 am by Hickey

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People say the media has a liberal bias, but I personally respect the hell out of hard-core Republicans. They stay true to their guns both literally and figuratively. This especially seems to be the case when it comes to matters that can involve thinly-veiled references to race and totally unverifiable statistical analysis.

Enter Minnesota State Representative Pat Garofalo into that area of expertise with a tweet Sunday night.

Oh?

Some people would realize maybe this wasn’t the wisest choice of words and immediately express regret or even go with the time-honored “a hacker broke into my account” method that so many have B.S.ed their way through before. But not Garofalo. He’s a man of his word.

When contacted by Deadspin, the Republican rep from Minnesota District 58B (Farmington) stood by what he said with the explanation:

“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.”

He also told the Star-Tribune a similar line, adding “they are the only major pro league that testing positive for marijuana is not a substance abuse violation.”

This particular tidbit is peculiar since Garofalo appears to be a proponent of legalizing medical marijuana. If you think that should be legal, why does it matter if the NBA tests for it as a substance-abuse violation?

Alas, most of the media seems to only be focused on that one tweet. We decided to dig a little further to find “Who is the real Pat Garofalo?”

As far as his sporting tastes, Garofalo is much more of a NASCAR man. Just not a Dale Jr. or Brad Keselowski man.

Mr. Garofalo appears to hold Johnny Manziel in a similar regard to Messrs. Earnhardt and Keselowski.

Not a big fan of the hockey announcing crews on the Big Ten Network, either.

Though not sports-related, it would appear he also hates movies, with the possible exception of the original “Red Dawn” and “Naked Gun 33 1/3.”

Actually, the harder I look, the harder it is to find evidence that Garofalo likes anything other than cutting taxes.

Considering he has been in office since 2004, it would not appear Garofolo’s actual constituency is put off by any of these comments. But nothing’s surprising when it comes to Minnesota politics. After all, this is the state that has elected an uber-liberal former Saturday Night Live cast member, a woman who makes Sarah Palin look moderate, and a former Rolling Stones bodyguard/WWF wrestler/”Predator” and “Running Man” co-governor co-star/conspiracy theory guy.

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