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Apr 11, 2021 - Axios Twin Cities

Worries mount that A-Rod could move the Wolves

Alex Rodriguez may buy the Wolves, but he has no connections to Minnesota. Manny Hernandez/Getty Images

News that Glen Taylor could sell the Wolves and Lynx to Alex Rodriguez and billionaire Marc Lore (who created Jet.com) has fans worried the teams could end up in Seattle or Las Vegas.

That won't be the case, Taylor told the Star Tribune. "They will keep the team here, yes. ... when we make up the contract we'll put that in there."

Yes, but: A legal expert told the paper last year that such a stipulation would be tricky to enforce.

  • The Wolves' lease at Target Center runs until 2035, but the cost to break it is a paltry $50 million.

Context: The A-Rod-Lore negotiations peg the value of the franchise at $1.5 billion, as reported by The Athletic.

  • Taylor, already the second richest person in Minnesota, stands to get even richer. He bought the team in 1994 for $88 million.

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Updated Apr 10, 2021 - Axios Twin Cities

Minnesota GOP gubernatorial candidate removed from TikTok

Scott Jensen. Photo: Minnesota Legislature

A Republican running for Minnesota governor was removed from TikTok following complaints that he violated the platform’s misinformation policies in his viral posts about the pandemic.

The backdrop: Scott Jensen, a former state senator whose criticisms of the government's COVID-19 response attracted national attention, had amassed more than 280,000 followers since joining the platform last month. He said his posts were viewed hundreds of thousands of times a day.

  • Of note: Jensen, who appeared to be one of the nation's most-followed politicians on TikTok, told Axios that he hoped the platform would help him connect with millennials.

What he's saying: In a video posted to Twitter late Thursday, Jensen said posts criticizing a controversial "60 minutes" story about Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' vaccine rollout were taken down before he was "permanently banned without explanation."

  • He told Axios several earlier posts had been flagged, but that he had appealed those decisions.
  • "It's really pretty confounding, but it sure feels like being canceled," he said in his video.

The other side: A TikTok spokesperson confirmed the account was removed and said Jensen's posts violated community guidelines on misinformation related to COVID-19.

  • She didn't specify which posts triggered the removal.

Between the lines: The family doctor garnered large online followings — and backlash — for his past statements on COVID-19, including comments suggesting the possibility of inflated death tolls.

  • A complaint challenging his medical license based on those comments was investigated and dismissed by state regulators last year.
  • Jensen said he hadn't posted about COVID-19 or vaccines in the last 24 hours and couldn't recall if posts related to the pandemic were among those that triggered violation allegations in the past.
  • "A complaint regarding [misinformation] regarding COVID-19 is so broad I don't know how to respond," he told Axios in a text. "It seems like anything that goes against the conventional mainstream might be construed as misinformation."

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This post has been updated with additional comments.