A Washington state lawmaker said Sunday he was just engaging in some sports trash talk when he called the state of Arizona a "racist wasteland."

Democratic State Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon made his harsh comment on Twitter after the Seattle Seahawks' loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Fitzgibbon later deleted his message and said in an interview that people were taking his trash talk a little too seriously.

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