It really doesn’t matter what one thinks of Arizona’s immigration bill, this is ridiculous.
Even if the law has some minor flaws, it is a duly enacted law supported by the majority of the people. This type of grandstanding is preposterous and I don’t care about the demographics of the fans.
According to the Politico article:
The Phoenix Suns on Tuesday announced that they will be wearing an alternative jersey identifying them as “Los Suns” during Wednesday’s playoff game to voice the team’s disapproval for Arizona’s tough new immigration law.
Robert Sarver, the team’s managing partner, said in a statement that the alternative uniforms will be worn during Wednesday’s home playoff game against the San Antonio Spurs in order to voice opposition to the law that Sarver said is not the “right way” to handle immigration reform. The Suns won the first game of the series Monday night.
“The frustration with the federal government’s failure to deal with the issue of illegal immigration resulted in passage of a flawed state law,” Sarver said. “However intended, the result of passing this law is that our basic principles of equal rights and protection under the law are being called into question, and Arizona’s already struggling economy will suffer even further setbacks at a time when the state can ill-afford them.”
Hey Robert Sarver, just shut up and play the d*mn game.
This offends me as a conservative and as a sports fan. The conservative and legal arguments are well known, but sports also serve a role in our society. For many, sports are an escape from the worries and stresses of every day life. It bonds families, friends and communities despite racial and ethnic differences and political affiliations.
The people of Arizona will turn on the Suns game for a few hours, so they can escape their crappy jobs, their financial problems, their family troubles, their government and, yes, all the bickering about this law. Its a respite, and sometimes people need a respite from the real world. So who is Robert Sarver to take that away from them?
Injecting a sensitive political topic into a playoff game is disrespectful to the game and to the fans, who paid their hard earned money to support that team. Robert Sarver is a joke. He should be forced out of his position, so he can run for political office, which, apparently, is where his heart lies. He should not get to sully a national pastime and trample on the passion of millions to make a political statement about a domestic policy supported by the majority of Arizonans and Americans.
Pick a team, any team. The Spurs have good guys on their team and good fans. The Celtics have one of the most politically incorrect mascots in all sports. The Jazz hail from the most conservative state in the union. Pick one, any one — just not “Los Suns”.