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Minnesota legislator criticized for NBA tweet

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A Minnesota legislator's tweet about the NBA has prompted hundreds of responses, with many on social media calling it racist. State Representative Pat Garofalo sent a tweet Sunday that read: ``Let's be honest, 70% of teams in NBA could fold tomorrow + nobody would notice a difference w/ possible exception of increase in streetcrime.'' When asked about the tweet, the Farmington Republican said he was ``talking about NBA's high arrest rate and that they are the only major pro league that testing positive for marijuana is not a substance abuse violation.'' Garofalo added: ``No intent beyond that.'' Within two hours of his tweet, more than 600 people retweeted it and hundreds more responded.

Many called the comment he made in the tweet racist.