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Wash. State Rep. Calls Arizona 'Racist Wasteland' After NFL Loss

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"Losing a football game sucks," Fitzgibbon wrote in the now-deleted tweet, according to the Associated Press. "Losing to a desert racist wasteland sucks a lot."

Fitzgibbon later tweeted an apology, although he was not quite so repentant in an interview with the AP.

"If folks are going to take that too seriously, then I'm sorry about that," Fitzgibbon told the AP.

He added that residents of Washington state "have not appreciated" how Arizona has treated immigrants, citing the federal government's challenge to the state's contested immigration law. He also told the AP he believes the state's laws amount to racial profiling.

[h/t Huffington Post]