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Suns to Wear 'Los Suns' Jerseys to Protest Law

Shouldn't that be Los Sols? I'm a stinkin' gringo and I know that much. This AP article is funny just because of the obvious slant they're putting on the Great Arizona Immigration Kerfuffle of 2010.

PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Suns will wear "Los Suns" on their jerseys in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals on Wednesday night, owner Robert Sarver said, "to honor our Latino community and the diversity of our league, the state of Arizona, and our nation."

The decision to wear the jerseys on the Cinco de Mayo holiday stems from a law passed by the Arizona Legislature and signed by Gov. Jan Brewer that has drawn widespread criticism from Latino organizations and civil rights groups that say it could lead to racial profiling of Hispanics. President Barack Obama has called the law "misguided."

Well Hell's bells, if Barack Obama says something is misguided it must be wrong.

Sarver, who was born and raised in Tucson, said frustration with the federal government's failure to deal with the illegal immigration issue led to the passage of what he called "a flawed state law."

"However intended, the result of passing the law is that our basic principles of equal rights and protection under the law are being called into question," he said, "and Arizona's already struggling economy will suffer even further setbacks at a time when the state can ill-afford them."

Informed by reporters that Franklin Roosevelt signed the law requiring aliens to present identification papers upon request, Sarver placed a large metal pail on his head then began banging on it with a stapler while singing la-la-la-la-la-la-la and twirling around until collapsing on his palatial office's laid-by-cheap-Mexican-labor marble floor.

The other night when the deputy was shot by an illegal in AZ, I goofed that "If Arizona hadn't made being in the United States illegally a crime this never would have happened." Silly on its face, right? You can't make something that's already a crime a crime.

The measure makes it a crime under state law to be in the country illegally, and it directs local police to question people about their immigration status and demand to see their documents if there is reason to suspect they are illegal.
I'm just that good. The rest is equally enjoyable.


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Comments (21)

I would love to see the tex... (Below threshold)

I would love to see the text of a law which says it is not against the law for someone to be in the country illegally. The mind-numbingly paradoxical statements in such a law would be entertaining for a few minutes.

if you are anywhere near Ph... (Below threshold)

if you are anywhere near Phoenix you MUST go to the game and (sans ticket) DEMAND to be let in as an "Un-documented Fan" (thx to MPT!!)

The Phoenix Suns should have a "border" (aka: gate), and should not require PAPERS (aka: a ticket).

Demand your rights...show up and barge on in!! Please!

Justrand beat me to it. Wo... (Below threshold)

Justrand beat me to it. Wonder if Robert Sarver would mind if I and about 300 friends decided to sneak in the back door and watch the game "free of charge".

I suppose Sarver would say "That's different".


I love it when a bunch of r... (Below threshold)
recovered liberal democrat:

I love it when a bunch of rich athletes that, play a game that has no social significance, try to tell everyone else how to live. Have they made enough money? I wonder.

Well, given the amount of m... (Below threshold)
Tsar Nicholas II:

Well, given the amount of money Sarver undoubtedly has lost over the past few years (banking and real estate are the family businesses), they probably should be wearing "lost dinero" jerseys.

One other point worth noting: Sarver's (inherited) family fortune sprang to life from the development of hotels in the 1970's. It should go without saying therefore that cheap (hint: illegal) labor is very near and dear to his heart...

Ok, ya know? The oxymoronic... (Below threshold)

Ok, ya know? The oxymoronic and paradoxical aside, these lawmakers do know what they are saying right? Right? The reporters do know what they are saying right? Jeez, I feel like Charlie brown.

Go Suns! Two games to zip.<... (Below threshold)
Lee Ward:

Go Suns! Two games to zip.

The good guys won tonight.

I wonder if Nash would mind... (Below threshold)

I wonder if Nash would mind if I crash his penthouse with a few friends and party hardy? And I wonder if he'd mind footing the bar tab when I sign Aruguelas Morales co/ steve nash and celebrate thier win tonight?

Good guys lee?Sorr... (Below threshold)

Good guys lee?

Sorry the refs call the game they don't play it.

I'm of two minds on this. ... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

I'm of two minds on this. I think the Arizona law is one which should never be necessary, but that federal inaction has made necessary, and that its "reasonable suspicion" clause satisfies all Constitutional requirements. So I don't believe it unlawfully discriminates against anyone, and will -and should - be ultimately upheld if challenged.

OTOM, Sarver owns the team and if he is in compliance with NBA regulations as to team jerseys, if he wants to make a political statement, however misguided, using his property, I can see no reason to object. If I were local, it would make me less likely to attend, but the chance of me paying to see an NBA game approaches zero anyway, so I really don't have any leverage to express my own disagreement.

Now, if the NBA has regulations on how team names must be presented on jerseys, and it seems likely they do, I suspect he needed a waiver from the league to do this. If he was granted such a waiver, it almost renders the rule moot, but they are a private org and can do as they wish.

Political theater by entertainment figures lost its "oomph" long ago . . .

Go Spurs!... (Below threshold)

Go Spurs!

Los Suns, more like Los Ass... (Below threshold)

Los Suns, more like Los Assholes.

See something Say something... (Below threshold)

See something Say something.

American law enforcement used to what the Arizona laws says. Then a misguided Chief of police told police not to report illegal aliens to foster good will in illegal immigrant communities. He felt that this would increase the reporting of crimes and witness coming forward.

So you had a city police chief tell his officers to ignore federal law.

Like a virus it spread and now everyone thinks that the way it always was.

This the reason the president and everyone attacks the law but cannot yet find anything in this law which is wrong. They have deal only with abstracts and what they want the law to say.

Just like health care he president has not READ the Law.
Since not read and keeps talking can e expect anything else from these other big mouths?

"They just f❉cked with the ... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

"They just f❉cked with the wrong Mexican . . . Machete!"

Machete, coming to theater near you!

Danny Trejo
Michelle Rodriguez
Jessica Alba
and a few white people.

Machete trailer link

I've been ready to discard ... (Below threshold)

I've been ready to discard the NBA for some time now for a number of reasons. This is enough to push me over the edge. Too bad, I've always liked to watch Steve Nash play. The sheer stupidity of the NBA getting in the middle of this fight. They can only lose.

As for all these nut job organizations wanting to boycott or smash up AZ. Well, I'm boycotting the nut jobs. Here's a great example. No more NBA for me.

Steve Nash sure is making h... (Below threshold)

Steve Nash sure is making his case for being something more than just a sports star. First, getting mention in Nelly Furtado's "Promiscuous", and now this! I'm sure all of the Phoenix Suns read the bill...

Justrand and GarandFan forg... (Below threshold)

Justrand and GarandFan forgot to arrange to meet me after the game at seenyeor Sarver's for supper!

Seems the Suns gang no longer needs the support of about 80% of Arizona's population?

You know, I took Spanish cl... (Below threshold)
Sky Captain:

You know, I took Spanish classes in high school.

IIRC, "the Suns" would translate to "el Sols" would it not?
"Los Suns" is a mishmash of Spanish and English - and a poor one at that.

Sky captain, I think that "... (Below threshold)

Sky captain, I think that "los suns (or sols, whatever idiocy they want to use)" is correct since it's referring to a plural.

Los Soles, I believe... (Below threshold)

Los Soles, I believe. Like the plural of "el señor" is "los señores."

The Suns have been wearing ... (Below threshold)

The Suns have been wearing these jerseys at different points during the season. This just shows how little attention the NBA pays to Phoenix.....and Phoenix LOVES David Stern!

It's not a new political statement, it's an old one that is just now getting play.

There is no "East Coast Bias", riiiight ESPN?






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