- Associated Press - Monday, March 10, 2014
Minnesota GOP lawmaker apologizes for NBA tweet

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota lawmaker apologized Monday for his tweet about NBA players that some saw as racist, saying he was rightly held accountable for inaccurate stereotyping.

State Rep. Pat Garofalo, a fifth-term Republican from the St. Paul suburb of Farmington, tweeted Sunday night: “Let’s be honest, 70% of teams in NBA could fold tomorrow + nobody would notice a difference w/ possible exception of increase in streetcrime.”

Garofalo initially stuck by his words even after they drew hundreds of negative comments and more than 1,000 retweets, insisting they were misinterpreted.

But in his statement Monday, he said he’d reconsidered.

“I sincerely apologize to those who I unfairly categorized,” said Garofalo, who’s seeking a sixth term in the fall. “The NBA has many examples of players and owners who are role models for our communities and for our country. Those individuals did not deserve that criticism and I apologize.”

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Michigan’s Nik Stauskas Big Ten Player of Year

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) - Michigan’s Nik Stauskas is the Big Ten’s Player of the Year.

Stauskas led the Big Ten with 13 games of 20 or more points.

Wolverines’ head coach John Beilein was named by the media Coach of the Year, while Tim Miles of Nebraska gained the honor from his peers.

Beilein led the Wolverines (23-7) to their first outright Big Ten Championship since 1986. Under Miles, Nebraska (19-11) earned the No. 4 seed and a first-round bye in the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament.

In other honors, Indiana’s Noah Vonleh was named Freshman of the Year by coaches and media. Ohio State’s Aaron Craft was named Defensive Player of the Year and Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes was voted the Sixth Man of the Year by coaches.

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