Phoenix Suns to protest Arizona immigration law by wearing “Los Suns” jerseys tonight

posted at 5:40 pm on May 4, 2010 by Allahpundit

It’s funny. Just this morning, while I was making my way through Eugene Robinson’s ode to the current state of border security, I had ESPN on and started thinking, “Why can’t sports be as tediously, tendentiously politicized as everything else in American life now is?”

Sometimes, my friends, dreams do come true.

The Phoenix Suns will wear “Los Suns” on their jerseys Wednesday for Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals, owner Robert Sarver said, “to honor our Latino community and the diversity of our league, the state of Arizona and our nation.”…

He said that the law calls into question “our basic principles of equal rights and protection under the law” and will cause Arizona’s economy to suffer setbacks at a time when the state is already in economic distress.

First, shouldn’t “Los Suns” be “Los Sols”? Second, if this tool wants his team dudded out in protest gear, it’s his dime, but I wonder how smart of a marketing strategy it is to make a show of opposing a law favored by 60 percent of the public. Amnesty shills will love it but a larger number of amnesty opponents will hate it, and a swath of people in the middle will wonder why they’re being treated to political propaganda when all they want to do is watch hoops. Fun fact for “Los Suns” fans to chew on: Illegals are vowing that they’ll keep on coming unless and until we seal the border, which would actually be comparatively cheap to do if it weren’t so, you know, racist.

Since “Los Suns” feel comfortable injecting politics into sports, I’m going to feel comfortable injecting this story into this post: Earlier today, Jan Brewer got an envelope filled with white powder from some unknown member of the Lords of Progress. Exit question: Who’s responsible for this “climate of hate”?


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First, shouldn’t “Los Suns” be “Los Sols”?

Face, meet palm.

John the Libertarian on May 4, 2010 at 5:41 PM

I think we need to respect the views of the left -

by ignoring the laws we don’t like. What is good for the goose is good for the gander.

Vashta.Nerada on May 4, 2010 at 5:42 PM

Mike and Mike in the Morning is starting to drive me nuts with their continued ignorance over what is actually in the bill, and who actually supports it.

BadgerHawk on May 4, 2010 at 5:42 PM

I heard the NBA will join in the protest and temporaily change its logo to Jerry West dribbling through a swastika.

Gymkata on May 4, 2010 at 5:42 PM

Just another reason to hate Thug, er, I mean Basketball…

catmman on May 4, 2010 at 5:42 PM

for the first time in my life, i’m ashamed of the suns…

just shut up and play ball

geez!

cmsinaz on May 4, 2010 at 5:43 PM

Amnesty shills will love

And we all know that amnesty shills, by and large, are the people who go to professional sporting events and buy team gear.

Smart strategy.

BadgerHawk on May 4, 2010 at 5:44 PM

Face, meet palm.

John the Libertarian on May 4, 2010 at 5:41 PM

At my daughter’s elementary school in Indiana, there is a sign that says, “No Right Turn / No Turno Derecho.” Yes, really.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on May 4, 2010 at 5:44 PM

The NBA should shut this down immediately. If Tim Tebow can’t wear his eye black scriptures then this is unacceptable too.

Denverslim on May 4, 2010 at 5:44 PM

This is gonna be a hard lesson for the Suns to learn; keep politics out of sports or face destruction by dividing the fan base when salaries are through to roof.

What a moronic thing to do.

Keemo on May 4, 2010 at 5:44 PM

This is why my Portland Trailblazers should have taken these idiots out of the playoffs.

Damn you season Injuries!!!!

portlandon on May 4, 2010 at 5:44 PM

Yeah, that will help the ratings./// Smooth move, NBA.

kingsjester on May 4, 2010 at 5:44 PM

Los Suns = Las Mierdas = No Cojones

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on May 4, 2010 at 5:44 PM

turds….all of em.

m0nkeyb0y on May 4, 2010 at 5:45 PM

Hopefully the crowd will boo.

SouthernGent on May 4, 2010 at 5:45 PM

Most good business people avoid politics like the plague. This just isn’t a good business decision.

BetseyRoss on May 4, 2010 at 5:45 PM

Well in protest, I’ll never watch a Suns game ever again.

Not that I watched basketball in the first place anyways. :P

clement on May 4, 2010 at 5:45 PM

Too bad I stopped watching the NBA years ago, otherwise I could stop watching them now.

jaime on May 4, 2010 at 5:46 PM

I had ESPN on

You’re not fooling anyone, you know

stefanite on May 4, 2010 at 5:46 PM

He said that the law calls into question “our basic principles of equal rights and protection under the law”

Uh … the law? Why doesn’t this clown seem to mind when people break the law?

darwin on May 4, 2010 at 5:46 PM

It should be “Los Soles.”

Los Suns = Las Mierdas = No Cojones

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on May 4, 2010 at 5:44 PM

LOL!

cubachi on May 4, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Yes, really.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on May 4, 2010 at 5:44 PM

Dios mio!

John the Libertarian on May 4, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Could you imagine what the Dallas Mavericks owner would have done?

Mark Cuban is a left-wing, lib pinko nut job.

portlandon on May 4, 2010 at 5:47 PM

The Phoenix Suns will wear “Los Suns” on their jerseys Wednesday for Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals, owner Robert Sarver said, “to honor our Latino community and the diversity of our league, the state of Arizona and our nation.”…

diversity of our league – now that’s funny…

Neo-con Artist on May 4, 2010 at 5:47 PM

The Phoenix Suns will wear “Los Suns” on their jerseys Wednesday for Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals, owner Robert Sarver said, “to honor our Latino community and the diversity of our league, the state of Arizona and our nation.”…

Come on… I dare you pussies to wear those jerseys until the bill is repealed… this is just a cheap PR stunt…

ninjapirate on May 4, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Amnesty shills will love it but a larger number of amnesty opponents will hate it, and a swath of people in the middle will wonder why they’re being treated to political propaganda when all they want to do is watch hoops.

I think some of the socalled amnesty shills might even wish this would not happen. It is just making things worse for everyone.

Terrye on May 4, 2010 at 5:48 PM

Make sure you don’t upset the illegal Phoenix gang bangers…

Odie1941 on May 4, 2010 at 5:48 PM

Will the Sun’s be called the Los’ers now?

pedestrian on May 4, 2010 at 5:48 PM

Go los Lakers!

John the Libertarian on May 4, 2010 at 5:49 PM

Musta lost the “Los Pendejos Grandes” uniforms, I guess…

mojo on May 4, 2010 at 5:49 PM

Wear whatever you want…you’re gonna lose to the Spurs anyway.
I can understand basketball players not knowing WHAT ILLEGAL MEANS….just STFU and play your little game.

HornetSting on May 4, 2010 at 5:49 PM

Los Suns.

Suns LosT.

portlandon on May 4, 2010 at 5:50 PM

hope the cardinals don’t follow suit…

cmsinaz on May 4, 2010 at 5:50 PM

Anti-illegal immigarant fans should boycott the game.

hooligan on May 4, 2010 at 5:50 PM

More political sports tripe.

Guess i’m not down with the struggle.

m0nkeyb0y on May 4, 2010 at 5:50 PM

Los Perdedores.

TXUS on May 4, 2010 at 5:50 PM

owner Robert Sarver said, “to honor our Latino community and the diversity of our league, the state of Arizona and our nation.”…
diversity of our league – now that’s funny…

Neo-con Artist on May 4, 2010 at 5:47 PM

How many Mexicans and El Salvadorans play in the NBA, and did they too sneak illegally across the AZ border?

AZCoyote on May 4, 2010 at 5:51 PM

First, shouldn’t “Los Suns” be “Los Sols”?

Haven’t you been paying attention to the last few years of politics? “Meaning well” is the only thing that matters.

calbear on May 4, 2010 at 5:52 PM

Mr. Robert Krentz will not be in attendence.

kingsjester on May 4, 2010 at 5:52 PM

Maybe we all could go down to the US Airways arena and sneak into the game and see if they charge us with trespassing

freddybone13 on May 4, 2010 at 5:52 PM

These people are knuckleheads. Who do they think buys their tickets, the illegals? I would venture a guess the majority of ticket purchasers support the bill. As an Arizona resident if this happens I am done with the Suns.

usarmyretired on May 4, 2010 at 5:52 PM

The Phoenix Suns will wear “Los Suns” on their jerseys Wednesday for Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals, owner Robert Sarver said, “to honor our Latino community and the diversity of our league, the state of Arizona and our nation.”…

diversity of our league – now that’s funny…

Neo-con Artist on May 4, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Do they have any hispanics on the team? I really don’t know…

catmman on May 4, 2010 at 5:53 PM

The NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes are going to protest by keeping the name Phoenix Coyotes….

Caper29 on May 4, 2010 at 5:53 PM

so lame.

blatantblue on May 4, 2010 at 5:53 PM

Mr. Robert Krentz will not be in attendence.

kingsjester on May 4, 2010 at 5:52 PM

This is still NOT FUNNY.

usarmyretired on May 4, 2010 at 5:53 PM

Mr. Robert Krentz will not be in attendence.

kingsjester on May 4, 2010 at 5:52 PM

+ 20 to 40 million…

HornetSting on May 4, 2010 at 5:53 PM

He said that the law calls into question “our basic principles of equal rights and protection under the law” and will cause Arizona’s economy to suffer setbacks at a time when the state is already in economic distress.

And what does that have to do with checking individuals for legal status after they’re already suspected of another, separate violation of the law?

Thick as concrete.

amerpundit on May 4, 2010 at 5:54 PM

Earlier today, Jan Brewer got an envelope filled with white powder from some unknown member of the Lords of Progress. Exit question: Who’s responsible for this “climate of hate”?

Interesting…not a single word about that over the wires or MSM yet. I’m guessing it’s a non-story to them. Doesn’t fit The Narrative.

AUINSC on May 4, 2010 at 5:55 PM

They’re not simply protesting a law, they’re protesting the will of the people of AZ, they’re protesting their fans.

29Victor on May 4, 2010 at 5:55 PM

Marketing genius! A disproportionate share of the league’s players already have a reputation for criminality. The NBA is a much more precariously balanced business than the owners seem to believe. Fan reaction to this stunt will make great TV. “Los Sons” are pooping in their own nest.

Mason on May 4, 2010 at 5:55 PM

By the way the game is not tonight.

terryannonline on May 4, 2010 at 5:55 PM

How many seats will be empty in the arena from fans who boycott the games?
Not a viewer of M and M in the morn….nor ESPN

hawkman on May 4, 2010 at 5:55 PM

Wonder if they card people who buy alcohol at Los Douches games.

m0nkeyb0y on May 4, 2010 at 5:55 PM

“…to honor our Latino community and the diversity of our league…”

Yeah, like there’s a huge contingent of hispanic players in the NBA … Najera, and uh………..

KS Rex on May 4, 2010 at 5:55 PM

Boycott professional basketball permanently. If we believe in our principles, it’s a no-brainier

elfman on May 4, 2010 at 5:55 PM

This is still NOT FUNNY.

usarmyretired on May 4, 2010 at 5:53 PM

It was never meant to be, sir. His death is being ignored by the Left.

kingsjester on May 4, 2010 at 5:55 PM

This is why this hispanic watches hockey!

badpenguin on May 4, 2010 at 5:56 PM

que caca del toro!

DanMan on May 4, 2010 at 5:56 PM

Como se dice ‘kidnapping’ en espanol?

THey could be los ninosnappos, since that is what illegals have done to Phoenix.

Inanemergencydial on May 4, 2010 at 5:57 PM

From the ESPN comment section:

Way to go Sarver!!! Way to stand up for the Mexican Suns fans!! we wore los suns jerseys when we played the spurs like 2 years ago and creamed them! Los Suns en seis

Now, are they standing up for Mexicans or Hispanic Americans wrongly being persecuted? I’m confused.

amerpundit on May 4, 2010 at 5:57 PM

What if a player is part of the 60% that approves of the law? I would hate to be in that locker room.

Or if part of the 60% are fans that take signs trashing the team? I can just imagine ESPN avoiding a view of the crowd.

meMC on May 4, 2010 at 5:57 PM

The NBA should shut this down immediately. If Tim Tebow can’t wear his eye black scriptures then this is unacceptable too.

Denverslim on May 4, 2010 at 5:44 PM

Apparently the NBA gave the idea their blessing (from article):

He said the Suns called the NBA for approval “and they were all for it.”

Desert Gardens on May 4, 2010 at 5:57 PM

Would love to see a mass of Suns fans decide to stop attending games and supporting the team financially…

Midas on May 4, 2010 at 5:57 PM

Sigh, our country is going down the tube.

deidre on May 4, 2010 at 5:57 PM

Do they have any hispanics on the team? I really don’t know…

Yes – they’re best player – Steve Nash. Oh wait, he’s an illegal Canadian. My bad…

Neo-con Artist on May 4, 2010 at 5:58 PM

And MLB needs to be a little more careful about the All Star game, considering the national mood on border security. They might find out how little most fans care about it.

a capella on May 4, 2010 at 5:59 PM

What’s more ridiculous, a majority of minorities in Arizona support the law. In addition to the overwhelming majority of the general population.

So who are the Suns standing up for?

amerpundit on May 4, 2010 at 5:59 PM

Eugene Robinson

A man so stupid it makes my teeth hurt.

MB4 on May 4, 2010 at 5:59 PM

First, shouldn’t “Los Suns” be “Los Sols”?

Better “Lost Souls”…

right2bright on May 4, 2010 at 5:59 PM

Desert Gardens on May 4, 2010 at 5:57 PM

they just lost 2 fans here

cmsinaz on May 4, 2010 at 5:59 PM

I think it would be pretty funny to see this stunt backfire, but reality is very few people would waste a playoff ticket to make a political statement.

ButterflyDragon on May 4, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Pathetic. The last place one can escape politics has now become infested with it.

Never a big fan of the Suns to begin with, and now I will boycott all of their games and their stupid uniforms.

davek70 on May 4, 2010 at 6:00 PM

This is still NOT FUNNY.

usarmyretired on May 4, 2010 at 5:53 PM

It was never meant to be, sir. His death is being ignored by the Left.

kingsjester on May 4, 2010 at 5:55 PM

Ok, I read your article and got your take. I am a bit touchy since I live 6 miles from the border in the same county as Mr Krentz. I get the see the flyers at the stock auction raising funds to help out. We go no where unarmed, even in our houses down here. The FED has completely relinquished its duty to protect the citizenry of border states. Sorry for the gut reaction.

usarmyretired on May 4, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Do they have any hispanics on the team? I really don’t know…

catmman on May 4, 2010 at 5:53 PM

Leandro Barbosa is from Brazil. If they lose to the Spurs it could be due to the Argentine Ginobili.

dedalus on May 4, 2010 at 6:01 PM

What’s more ridiculous, a majority of minorities in Arizona support the law. In addition to the overwhelming majority of the general population.

So who are the Suns standing up for?

amerpundit on May 4, 2010 at 5:59 PM

People that get them their drugs ;)

I hope the Spurs just demolish them tomorrow night.

deidre on May 4, 2010 at 6:01 PM

Well if I ever supported the gang wars called the NBA I would do something.

jukin on May 4, 2010 at 6:01 PM

And basketball is such a Mexican national pastime…That’s okay because Mark Cuban named his team after John McCain…

right2bright on May 4, 2010 at 6:01 PM

Has anyone asked how many hispanic coaches or owners are in the NBA yet?

JavelinaBomb on May 4, 2010 at 6:03 PM

Thats it for me here in Arizona-no more Suns

CaCa on May 4, 2010 at 6:03 PM

Why the h*ll isn’t the NBA stopping this?

JetBoy on May 4, 2010 at 6:03 PM

Go ahead. See how this disenfranchises many fans who love the sport, but don’t support amnesty.

My guess is…the Suns will go down, or be forced to move to a different city to remain solvent.

This owner isn’t a very good businessman. He has a right to his politics, but how many players are being forced to wear this, when they might support the law?

Also…if he’s so favorable to this, why doesn’t he take 80% of his earnings, and support the illegals. With food, housing, medical, clothing etc…

capejasmine on May 4, 2010 at 6:03 PM

They’re not simply protesting a law, they’re protesting the will of the people of AZ, they’re protesting their fans.

29Victor on May 4, 2010 at 5:55 PM

It’s a new marketing strategy. Flip your constituency the bird. Obama does it all the time.

a capella on May 4, 2010 at 6:04 PM

Mr. Robert Krentz will not be in attendence.

kingsjester on May 4, 2010 at 5:52 PM

Thank you for reminding us again about Mr. Krentz KJ…may he rest in peace.

yoda on May 4, 2010 at 6:04 PM

usarmyretired on May 4, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Quite understandable. One of the other posters here did business with Mr. Krentz and forwarded my blog to the family. I pray that God holds them in the hollow of his hand. The whole reaction by Liberals is very,very wrong.

kingsjester on May 4, 2010 at 6:04 PM

Los Losers!

Viper1 on May 4, 2010 at 6:04 PM

Eugene Robinson

Look at his readers demolish the moron

MB4 on May 4, 2010 at 6:06 PM

Here’s hoping that on Thursdays there are articles referring to them as “LosErs”.

RhymesWithRight on May 4, 2010 at 6:06 PM

I’m mad and ashamed that my Spurs are compelled to be a part of this show.

PaCadle on May 4, 2010 at 6:06 PM

Why? Do the Phoenix Suns think all illegal immigrants speak spanish? Racist a-holes.

Ronnie on May 4, 2010 at 6:06 PM

ANY shot they had for me watching the NBA ever again just went out the door…..

MORONS!

SDarchitect on May 4, 2010 at 6:06 PM

It’s the NBA… who cares?

D2Boston on May 4, 2010 at 6:06 PM

I’ve been looking for a good number for the Phoenix Suns or the NBA so we can voice OUR CONCERNS with this team siding with illegal activity……

HornetSting on May 4, 2010 at 6:06 PM

Can we get an underaged Suns fan served beer… only to have them pay a huge fine for selling to a minor.

May put that whole “ID” thing into perspective.

Odie1941 on May 4, 2010 at 6:06 PM

I’m mad and ashamed that my Spurs are compelled to be a part of this show.

PaCadle on May 4, 2010 at 6:06 PM

GO SPURS GO!

HornetSting on May 4, 2010 at 6:07 PM

My white brothers are underrepresented in the NBA. I’m thinking a class action suit is in order.

Ronnie on May 4, 2010 at 6:08 PM

Oh good, one more reason not to watch the NBA, but do watch the NCAA instead

Razgriez on May 4, 2010 at 6:08 PM

Why not make it ‘los stupidios’ since that is what this kneejerk reaction is.

docdave on May 4, 2010 at 6:09 PM

I hope they fail!

ohiorebel on May 4, 2010 at 6:09 PM

The NBA is losing money left and left. This type of sh*t won’t help.

Denverslim on May 4, 2010 at 6:09 PM

MB4 on May 4, 2010 at 6:06 PM

heh

cmsinaz on May 4, 2010 at 6:09 PM

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