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ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO/AP) — The Minnesota legislator whose tweet about the NBA aroused cries of racism is apologizing Monday. Rep. Pat Garofalo, a fifth-term Republican from Farmington, has faced an avalanche of criticism for suggesting this weekend that pro basketball players had criminal tendencies.
On Monday, Garfalo apologized in a press release saying, in part, the “NBA has many examples of players and owners who are role models for our communities and our country.”He went on to say NBA players did not deserve his sharp criticism.
“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. Last night, I publicly commented on the NBA and I sincerely apologize to those who I unfairly categorized,” he stated. “Those individuals did not deserve that criticism and I apologize.” More than three-fourths of the NBA’s players are black, according to a 2013 report card from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport. Critics say Garofalo’s tweet reinforced the stereotype that young black males are criminals. His post drew hundreds of comments — some branding him a racist and others using statistics to rebut the idea of rampant violations in the NBA compared to American society in general — and has been retweeted nearly 1,800 times. Ken Martin, chairman of the Minnesota Democratic Party, took to his own Twitter account to call Garofalo’s post “incredibly racist.” Earlier on Monday, Garofalo didn’t back down in text message to The Associated Press.“Pro sports leagues have a problem with some of their athletes obeying the law,” Garofalo wrote in the text message. “This problem transcends race and is a symptom of the value athletes believe society puts on their athletic talent.” By Monday afternoon, Garofalo was ready to apologize for his generalizations, as the outcry grew louder.“The NBA policy on drug enforcement is stronger than I previously believed. Again, I offer my sincere apologies for my comments,” he said. Garofalo said he was wrong when he claimed NBA players had a high rate of arrest, and wrong when he said the NBA did not enforce drug policy, including marijuana. In a short press conference with reporters, Garofalo said the tweet was a poor attempt at humor, and that he is not a racist. “I don’t have a racist bone in my body,” he said. “I pride myself on the fact that I have tutored in the inner city of Minneapolis, and in addition, I have been a strong advocate for some of the charter schools in our communities.” One African American leader at the Minnesota State Capitol said there’s nothing funny about it.“I think it’s racist. I absolutely do,” said State Sen. Jeff Hayden, D-Minneapolis, who characterized it as a slur on young black males. “I am not necessarily saying that Rep. Garofalo is necessarily racist. I haven’t had that conversation with him. But that was a racist statement. When I look at that statement and the narrative behind that, I believe Rep. Garofalo made a racist statement.”At Minnesota Timberwolves practice on Monday, players reacted with surprise, but said they don’t take it personally. “We’re just trying to be positive guys in the community,” said Timberwolves guard Kevin Martin. “You know, give back in time of need and things like that, and I think the NBA as a whole, we do a great job of that.”Coach Rick Adelman said he didn’t think it deserved a comment. “That has nothing to do with us,” Adelman said. “I don’t see any reason anybody has to say anything about it. I’ve never even heard of the guy. I don’t know who he is.” The last time a Timberwolves player ran into legal trouble was in 2010, when Michael Beasley, who’s now with the Miami Heat, was ticketed for speeding and possessing marijuana in a Twin Cities suburb.
The blunt commentary is nothing new for Garofalo, who regularly makes sharp-tongued speeches on the Minnesota House floor and even edgier remarks online.
Garofalo’s Twitter feed is typically a mix of sarcastic takes on politics, pop culture and sports. During football and NASCAR seasons, he offers his predictions via his pet whom he dubs “Buddy The Sports Gambling Dog.” “If the bird watching, hippy, tofu-eating vegan liberals in Minneapolis had their way, the Iron Range never would have mined taconite either,” he tweeted last month, referring to a statewide debate over a copper-nickel mine project proposed for northern Minnesota. But this time, Garofalo admits, he went too far.“There’s no excuses. I apologize and I am responsible for my actions,” he said. “I just want to promise everybody I will do my best not to make that mistake again.” Garofalo represents a district south of the Twin Cities and is seeking a sixth term in the fall.
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Jason Collins came out last spring and he became the first openly gay NBA player. Now he does not have a team, but is it because he came out or is it because he is 35 years old and averaged about 2 points a game? The linked article asked how will this affect the gay community. Read the linked story and share your thoughts.
Mike O’Malley Signs on as Executive Producer and Writer
Beverly Hills, Calif. – September 3, 2013– Starz Chief Executive Officer, Chris Albrecht, announced today that Starz will work with LeBron James, Tom Werner, Mike O’Malley, Maverick Carter and Paul Wachter to develop a half-hour scripted comedy series, “Survivor’s Remorse,” for STARZ. The series will explore the complexity, comedy and drama of an experience that everyone reads about, but few understand – what truly happens when you make it out. Through a combination of God-given talent and north Philly grit, Cam Calloway and Reggie Vaughn have achieved fame and fortune that neither could have imagined growing up in one of the toughest neighborhoods in Philadelphia. But success comes with its own challenges, and the cousins and confidantes wrestle with the rewards of money, stardom, love, and occasionally, the guilt of having “made it.” “We are incredibly excited at Starz to work with such a deep bench of talented storytellers to develop ‘Survivor’s Remorse,’” said Albrecht. “Everyone involved brings something unique to the table – from Tom Werner’s legendary television success to LeBron’s extraordinary life experiences and point of view. We hope that ‘Survivor’s Remorse’ will bring the humor, pain and complexity of these characters to life in a way that is honest and compelling for audiences worldwide.” James and Carter have been in business with Werner since 2011, when they partnered with Fenway Sports Group (FSG), one of the largest sports, media and entertainment companies in the world. Werner is Chairman of FSG, which owns soccer’s Liverpool Football Club and baseball’s Boston Red Sox. Wachter, a prominent Los Angeles-based financial advisor, has been business partners with James and Carter since 2004 and with Werner since he sold the Padres as Werner’s investment advisor in 1995. Mike O’Malley will serve as executive producer and writer (consulting producer and writer on “Shameless,” and actor in “Glee,” “Justified,” “My name is Earl”). “I have a deep passion for the amazing television being created right now,” said James. “I love ‘Boardwalk Empire,’ ‘Magic City,’ ‘Scandal’ and ’24.’ When my business partners Tom Werner and Maverick Carter brought up the idea of creating a television series that would capture the story of what happens when you make it out, I jumped at the chance. For Maverick and I even to be where we are right now, given where we came from, is kind of hard to believe. I felt like it was a story that needed to be told, and nobody can craft a story like Tom Werner. He has an incredible vision for television and I’m really excited to partner with him and the rest of our team.” LeBron James will serve as an Executive Producer along with Tom Werner, currently Chairman of the Boston Red Sox. James, a nine-time NBA All-Star and Olympic Gold medalist, recently led the Miami Heat to a second straight NBA Championship win and captured his fourth straight MVP trophy. As founder of The Carsey-Werner Company, Werner produced some of the most important television shows of the past generation, including “The Cosby Show,” “Roseanne,” “3rd Rock from the Sun,” and “That ‘70s Show.” Werner is also co-founder of Good Humor TV and the cable channel Oxygen. Emmy® nominated actor Mike O’Malley, who served as a consulting producer on “Shameless” and has starred in series including “Glee” and “Justified,” will also serve as Executive Producer, along with Maverick Carter, James’ longtime friend and manager, and Paul Wachter.
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ESPN Chris Broussard is demonized for not celebrating the Jason Collins announcement…don’t we still have free speech?
As part of a larger discussion on ESPN Chris Broussard expressed his Christian viewpoint on the Jason Collins announcement. Broussard said what many traditional Christians believe and that is homosexuality is a sin. Broussard also said that adultry and fornication are also sins, but his opinion is not in line with the Jason Collins parade of praise. Broussard took to Twitter to reassure his followers that his personal point of view will not affect his reporting but in this climate one has to wonder what will be the fate of Broussard. Broussard said “Today on OTL, as part of a larger, wide-ranging discussion on today’s news, I offered my personal opinion as it relates to Christianity, a point of view that I have expressed publicly before. I realize that some people disagree with my opinion and I accept and respect that. As has been the case in the past, my beliefs have not and will not impact my ability to report on the NBA. I believe Jason Collins displayed bravery with his announcement today and I have no objection to him or anyone else playing in the NBA.” ESPN has already issued an apology for Broussard’s Christian stance.
Veteran NBA player Jason Collins has come out. he has been in the league for 12 years and he is 34 years old so he is on the backside of his career. This is historic but will it matter? Share your thoughts.
(Jason Collins on left, pictured with his brother.)
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The Brooklyn Nets are 14-14. Their coach Avery Johnson was named Eastern Conference coach of the month for October and November, but in December he gets his walking papers. What happened? Players said they were not confident in his offensive plans. The players run the NBA and coaches serve at the whim of the superstars. Johnson’s son took to Twitter to verbalize his frustration and can you blame him?