Less than 24 hours after he caused major controversy with an illl-judged tweet concerning the NBA, Minnesota State Representative Pat Garofalo has issues a statement apologising for his comments:
"In the last 24 hours, I've had the opportunity to re-learn one of life's lessons: whenever any of us are offering public 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. The NBA has many examples of players and owners who are role models for our communities and for our country.
"Those individuals do not deserve that criticism and I apologize. In additions, its been brought to my attention that I was mistaken and the NBA policy on drug enforcement is stronger than I previously believed. Again, I offer my sincere apologies for my comments."
The statement comes after a Tweet sent out late Sunday evening in which Garofalo insinuated that 70% of NBA teams could fold and nobody would notice other than to see of an increase in street crime.
He then went on to criticise the NBA as having a high arrest rate, and criticising the league's policy towards drug tests - a fact that has since been undermined.
Garofalo's comments drew major criticism from all sectors of the society, with many seeing them as racially tinged due to the high percentage of African-Americans in the NBA.
It remains to be seen if the representatives apology is enough to end the controversy, but his actions are further proof that people say a lot of stupid stuff on Twitter!