It appears that Minnesota State Representative Pat Garofalo got careless and made what many might consider a racist comment about NBA players who would otherwise have a propensity for street crime if not playing professional basketball. But he could have meant something else. And apparently he did!
What he was criticizing was marijuana leniency! Of course. And I guess he went further to explain that the NBA was lenient, I don’t know, but this afternoon he came back — after few attempts at apology — to say that the “NBA policy on drug enforcement is better than previously believed.”
I don’t have to point out that this guy is a Republican, right?
So what Rep Garofalo is really saying is if 70% of the NBA teams folded we would notice until their strong drug policies folded with them and then we would see a rise in street crime. Isn’t that the way Garofalo’s defense skews it? He isn’t saying there wouldn’t be a rise in street crime — a stupid statement anyway you look at it — he is saying now that he meant to be criticizing the leagues drug enforcement. In other words, we can all rest easy because the NBA will keep the players in line — and off the streets — whether you notice or not.
Thank god law enforcement has a partner in professional basketball!