*A Minnesota legislator sees nothing racist about his tweet suggesting that the NBA, (in which three-fourths of the players are black), is full of criminals.
Rep. Pat Garofalo, a fifth-term Republican from 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.”
His post has drawn 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 been retweeted more than 1,100 times. Ken Martin, chairman of the Minnesota Democratic Party, took to his own Twitter account to call Garofalo’s post “incredibly racist.”
*One of Oprah Winfrey’s Twitter followers had less of an aha moment, and more of an ask-and-ye-shall-receive experience with the TV legend.
A woman named Brandi tweeted the 60-year-old mogul on the social media site after spotting O wearing a Brian Rennie for Basler gown on the March cover.
She wrote, “@oprah you look beautiful in that essence cover pic. Wow. Can I please have that dress? Cuz I know u won’t wear (it) again lol luv u.”
Former NBA player Dominique Wilkins competes in the shooting stars competition during NBA All-Star Saturday Night basketball Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, in Houston.
*NBA legend Dominique Wilkins is giving the side eye to LeBron James’ career-high and Miami Heat franchise-high 61 point outing against the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday, reports Ball Don’t Lie.
The game has been the source of much discussion already, reigniting the MVP race with Kevin Durant and raising more questions about LeBron’s place in NBA history.
Wilkins, for one, came up with a list of reasons why James’ scoring frenzy was not really that historic.
*Australian golfer Steve Elkington sparked outrage today with an offensive joke on Twitter about openly gay NFL prospect Michael Sam on Tuesday.
The 51-year-old, who won the 1995 PGA Championship, tweeted that Sam, a first-team All-American defensive lineman from Missouri, would be the only athlete competing in the “handbag throw” at the NFL Scouting Combine.
- ESPN reporting Michael Sam is leading the handbag throw at NFL combine…. No one else expected to throw today — Steve Elkington (@elkpga) February 25, 2014
*Fox News hosts Megyn Kelly and Gregg Jarrett targeted Don Lemon on Monday for expressing outrage that Michael Dunn was not convicted of first degree murder.
Lemon had said that he was “pissed off” that Dunn — who killed 17-year-old Jordan Davis when he shot at a group of teenagers in a car after an argument about loud music — was not convicted on charges of first degree murder.
Kelly and Jarrett did not mention Lemon by name on Monday, but referred to Jarrett’s testy Twitter exchange with Lemon over the issue. As previously reported, Jarrett tweeted that Lemon lacked “some measure of objectivity as an anchor” and criticized the CNN host for taking the verdict “personally,” while Lemon tweeted back, “Mind ur business, old man.”
*After Richie Incognito deleted his Twitter account Friday in the wake of an independent investigator’s report on bullying in the Miami Dolphins locker room, he returned to the social media website Monday and apologized to teammate Jonathan Martin early Tuesday morning.
“I would like to send Jonathan my apologies as well. Until someone tells me different you are still my brother. No hard feelings :)”
Incognito also apologized to Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, whose organization he’s caused major embarrassment and a ton of negative publicity.