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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NBA=VASTLY Overpaid Morons playing a children’s School Yard Game

old trooper2 on May 4, 2010 at 7:12 PM

Haha. So who are you rooting for this year?

conservative pilgrim on May 4, 2010 at 7:11 PM

Either the Cavs or Magic. The Celtics I’m ok with too. I respect their Big Three and what they’ve done in their careers.

The Cavs winning would be great for Rockets fans though. We can swap picks with the Knicks next year, so as long as LeBron doesn’t sign with them(which he may be inclined to do if Cleveland flames out in the playoffs again), they’ll probably be in the lottery and Houston is the beneficiary.

Doughboy on May 4, 2010 at 7:13 PM

STFU and play.

Dark-Star on May 4, 2010 at 7:12 PM

I already said that…., but Ilike the braindead ball bouncing oafs…that was a special touch….

HornetSting on May 4, 2010 at 7:14 PM

NBA Playoffs, what better time to mix basketball with politics (sarcasm)

Captain America on May 4, 2010 at 7:14 PM

Somebody should put up official-looking signs all over the wrong part of town, saying that the “Soles” welcome all undocumented aliens to be their guests for free admission, snacks and beer at all home games for the rest of the season! Let’s see if you like to walk the walk, or you just want to talk the talk, you hypocrites!

drunyan8315 on May 4, 2010 at 7:00 PM

This would be a cool idea if there were some way to document the fact that they’re undocumented.

Dee2008 on May 4, 2010 at 7:14 PM

Hard to care now the that the Buckos are out.

Mr. D on May 4, 2010 at 7:15 PM

I already said that…., but Ilike the braindead ball bouncing oafs…that was a special touch….

HornetSting on May 4, 2010 at 7:14 PM

LOL, thanks. Best I could come up with at the moment.

Dark-Star on May 4, 2010 at 7:15 PM

Nah.. it’s more like los pendejos.

Texas Gal on May 4, 2010 at 7:16 PM

Nah.. it’s more like los pendejos.

Texas Gal on May 4, 2010 at 7:16 PM

Had to Google that one…nice.

Dark-Star on May 4, 2010 at 7:19 PM

So they’ll be basketballs equivalence to the Kansas City Chiefs. More people will be fans of other teams than their home team :P

FontanaConservative on May 4, 2010 at 7:19 PM

Like we needed another reason to pull against that bunch of overpaid, under-talented desert rats.

F**k them and the jackass they rode in on.

hillbillyjim on May 4, 2010 at 7:20 PM

Wow, what a brave thing to do after the tickets were sold.

reaganaut on May 4, 2010 at 7:20 PM

Timmy Dumcun is a crybaby but Manu makes up for it.

thomasaur on May 4, 2010 at 7:21 PM

Timmy Dumcun is a crybaby but Manu makes up for it.

thomasaur on May 4, 2010 at 7:21 PM

Hey hey hey, why do you have to hate on the Spurs…riddle me this, batman….How many Spurs MURDERED, RAPED, BEAT, OR WERE ARRESTED IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS?????
Uh huh, that’s what I thought.

HornetSting on May 4, 2010 at 7:24 PM

Los suns?

Really, are they kidding? According to babelfish, the Spanish translation of the suns is los soles. I think this ridiculous stunt is more insulting to Spanish speakers than it is to supporters of upholding the law.

Dang, since I never watch the NBA, I can’t boycott them either. If I cared, I would be embarrassed for them. I am in no way embarrased because of them.

azkag on May 4, 2010 at 7:27 PM

<–agrees with AZKING I could care less about thugs smoking dope and playing hoops . But I predict the backlash AGAINST this " boycott nonsense " will be huge . The Hispanic population is about to open a door that will be slammed shut and drain their pocketbooks

ELMO Q on May 4, 2010 at 7:29 PM

Doughboy on May 4, 2010 at 7:13 PM

Magic or Spurs for me. Spurs are a long shot. If the Lakers win the West, then I’m rooting for whoever wins the East. Just can’t stomach Kobe and Hollywierd gloating. Again.

conservative pilgrim on May 4, 2010 at 7:31 PM

Go Spurs!!!!

ConservativePartyNow on May 4, 2010 at 7:32 PM

Maybe at halftime “Los Suns” can honor the people who have been killed because of politicians ignoring immigration laws in Arizona?
Also, I went to the same college as Steve Nash- nice to see he’s still a pompous little prick.

jjshaka on May 4, 2010 at 7:33 PM

Suns Management is acting estupido.

cannonball on May 4, 2010 at 7:39 PM

No hate for the Spurs just not a fan of Timmuh.

thomasaur on May 4, 2010 at 7:40 PM

Go Lakers!

Khun Joe on May 4, 2010 at 7:41 PM

El stupido

Branch Rickey on May 4, 2010 at 7:41 PM

With over 70% of Arizonans in favor of the new law,
I wonder how those season ticket sales next year be
a-lookin’?

mrt721 on May 4, 2010 at 7:42 PM

Go Spurs!!!!

ConservativePartyNow on May 4, 2010 at 7:32 PM

They’re in on it too, fyi. Here’s Poppovich:

“That’s a bad thing, but the reaction is important, too. And this reaction, I agree with Mr. Sarver, is inappropriate. It’s kind of like 9-11 comes and all of a sudden there’s a Patriot Act, just a kneejerk sort of thing that changes our country and what we stand for. This law snaps of that to some degree, so I think what he’s doing tomorrow night is very wise and very correct.”

jjraines on May 4, 2010 at 7:44 PM

Timmy Dumcun is a crybaby but Manu makes up for it.

thomasaur on May 4, 2010 at 7:21 PM

Tim Duncan is the most unselfish player in the NBA that has his level of skills. Gimme a break. He’s a team player; something that is becoming a rare commodity in the NBA.

If you don’t like the Spurs, fine. Don’t fling turds at Duncan when you and I both know that he is a stellar talent, with a humble attitude that is anachronistic in todays NBA.

P.S. I like anybody who can make Mark Cuban look like he just shat in his britches in public.

hillbillyjim on May 4, 2010 at 7:46 PM

Time for a re-examination of visa programs in professional sports. These people are given an opportunity to play ball in our great country, not to play politics. I don’t have a problem if they speak as individuals offering their opinion, but this is an organized effort to influence our laws. At the very least there should be a hold on visas until the matter is examined and debated.

DaMav on May 4, 2010 at 7:49 PM

P.S. I like anybody who can make Mark Cuban look like he just shat in his britches in public.

hillbillyjim on May 4, 2010 at 7:46 PM

Opinions vary on Duncan but I’m with you on Cuban.

thomasaur on May 4, 2010 at 7:50 PM

They have worn these jerseys during the season.

Get yours,only 80 bucks.

Jasper61 on May 4, 2010 at 7:50 PM

phuckdasunz!

moonbatkiller on May 4, 2010 at 7:51 PM

I’m guessing that, just as with football, while the owners and players might be bleeding heart liberals, the vast majority of fans are not. Or at a minimum, it’s a 50-50 split. I dunno; I don’t know very many libs who are into sports. They’re too busy agitating for transformational change. What would be cool is if the fans just didn’t show up, but I know those tickets must have cost a pretty penny and I don’t know that I could give them up either.

NoLeftTurn on May 4, 2010 at 7:52 PM

Headline is wrong. Game is tomorrow.

fossten on May 4, 2010 at 7:53 PM

How ’bout Los Jotos?

Doorgunner on May 4, 2010 at 7:56 PM

hillbillyjim on May 4, 2010 at 7:46 PM
Opinions vary on Duncan but I’m with you on Cuban.

thomasaur on May 4, 2010 at 7:50 PM

Agreed. Cuban sux.

HornetSting on May 4, 2010 at 8:03 PM

They’ve worn them before…They are a gutless collection of loser PC wannabes..Steve Nash once conspicuoausly wore a “no war ” t-shirt as Americans were risking their lives to protect his ability to earn 15 million a year.. Steve Nash the most famous Sun is the gutless little pansy that got hip checked by Robert Horry during the play-offs in 2007…He lays on the ground like a gutless little girl as his testicles recede into his groin and then jumps up in one of those faux furry outrages..”somebody stop me..hold me back”..two of his teammates jump off the bench to help smooth his dress back down and get suspended for the next game for leaving the bench. Thus costing the Suns the NBA Championship …

GO SPURS!!!!!!

sirpatrick on May 4, 2010 at 8:04 PM

The Cavs winning would be great for Rockets fans though. We can swap picks with the Knicks next year, so as long as LeBron doesn’t sign with them(which he may be inclined to do if Cleveland flames out in the playoffs again), they’ll probably be in the lottery and Houston is the beneficiary.

Doughboy on May 4, 2010 at 7:13 PM

The Knicks better be in the playoffs next year with more than $30MM to spend. LeBron & D-Wade would be the best, but maybe they get D’Antoni back together with Amare and Joe Johnson.

Dirk could be on the market too, though he probably wants to move into a win-now situation.

dedalus on May 4, 2010 at 8:07 PM

It is time for responsible Americans to quit enabling the thug culture of pro sports .

borntoraisehogs on May 4, 2010 at 8:12 PM

Arizona has many, many good and intelligent people, than there’s the NBA Sun’s…

byteshredder on May 4, 2010 at 8:15 PM

Los Llorón Idiotas

infidel4life on May 4, 2010 at 8:19 PM

I don’t like professional basketball but Mr Duncan was a fine college player and a nice kid.

Cindy Munford on May 4, 2010 at 8:23 PM

Way to spit on a majority of your fans. Good luck with that.

brennan251 on May 4, 2010 at 8:25 PM

it puts the ball through the hoop

whiskeytango on May 4, 2010 at 8:30 PM

I guess I will avoid watching any Suns games

CWforFreedom on May 4, 2010 at 8:34 PM

Seriously, does anyone watch NBA games anymore? The season starts almost before it ends and it hasn’t been much of a game since they changed the rules (or at least told the refs not to enforce them) for Michael Jordan.

roux on May 4, 2010 at 8:35 PM

What else is new with professional athletes in this country?

Why be surprised?

They rape, and then pay their way out of it.

They drug up.

And they are basically slimebags who treat everyone as trash in their lives.

Why do they imagine that they have some “moral” statement that ANYONE cares to hear?

Ridiculous. They are nothing more than animals on parade.

AnninCA on May 4, 2010 at 6:25 PM

LOL! Do a wiki search on “Curt Schilling” sometime. He shatters each and every one of your stereotypes about professional athletes. The charity work he and his wife do is legendary. In fact, before he ended the practice I donated my late Mom’s car to his ALS foundation so they could make some more money.

Here’s his blog, if you wanna check him out.

http://www.38pitches.com/

BTW, every single pro athlete stereotype you claim above could also be used to describe your Knight in Shining Armor, AKA Bill Clinton.

He had a Bimbo Squad, an army of private investigators and lawyers to get him out of woman trouble, and was even accused by Juanita Broderick of rape. And that was before he even conned you and millions of others into voting for him for President-not just once but twice.

As President, he had his Justice Dept. successfully prosecute a female Federal employee (VA) for lying under oath-about sex. Then later claimed he was above the law for doing the same thing.

We don’t know about the drug thing, although there have been anecdotes from his half-brother that he was fond of something a little stronger than marijuana.

And he treated his wifey “real well” when he engaged in an adulterous relationship in a workplace owned by the US people with a subordinate young enough to be his own kid. While the wifey was upstairs, no doubt!

Del Dolemonte on May 4, 2010 at 8:35 PM

Meh. This falls under the term of “WGASA” for me.

tickleddragon on May 4, 2010 at 8:35 PM

go spurs go…

Hope Manu puts up 25 on them…and he is the lowest scorer on the team.

Celts-Spurs final would be nice. It would be nice to see two teams that play the game like a team battle it out in the finals.

cobrakai99 on May 4, 2010 at 8:43 PM

What else is new with professional athletes in this country?

Why be surprised?

They rape, and then pay their way out of it.

They drug up.

And they are basically slimebags who treat everyone as trash in their lives.

Why do they imagine that they have some “moral” statement that ANYONE cares to hear?

Ridiculous. They are nothing more than animals on parade.

AnninCA on May 4, 2010 at 6:25 PM

Wow you are simplistic and bigoted.

CWforFreedom on May 4, 2010 at 8:48 PM

OH MY!!!!!

Check out the ads for tickets at the Craigs List Phoenix:

http://phoenix.craigslist.org/cph/tix/1724899104.html

AND

http://phoenix.craigslist.org/cph/tix/1724943026.html

Who would d such things to point out the ridiculousness of their stand.

jukin on May 4, 2010 at 8:50 PM

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

Guess they figure their gardeners and house staff will skedaddle then they might have to dig into their millions and pay twenty dollars an hour. Oh, the humanities!!!

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 4, 2010 at 8:50 PM

Can we agree that actors should act, singers should sing and athletes should just play sports instead of being posters for political agendas.

conservativescientist on May 4, 2010 at 6:32 PM

Well, it’s hard to make such a broad comparison, as “actors” are people who have a different job every day. They can pick and chose what roles they play.

As far as “singers”, I agree with you to a point. The music I grew up with in the 1960s had a LOT of politics in it. Most of it in the late 1960s had to do with the evil war the Democrats started, but some of it was also noble, like white musicians like The Rascals advocating civil rights.

Sadly, however, since Chimpy Bush stole the Presidency in 2000 and then illegally used Bill Clinton’s intel to invade Iraq, “singers” who for decades never espoused their political views onstage have suddenly gone insane. And they’re all on the Left. Not talking about the Dixie Chicks here, either. See “Linda Ronstadt”.

Disclaimer-I’m a decades-long fan of raving Leftists Crosby Stills Nash & Young, and even popped for a $100 ducat a few years ago to see them. Of course, that’s probably a $300 seat now. They admit their politics upfront and don’t hide them.

Del Dolemonte on May 4, 2010 at 8:55 PM

STFU and play.

Dark-Star on May 4, 2010 at 7:12 PM

AGREE!!

whatzit2u on May 4, 2010 at 8:56 PM

Hmmm. Maybe we could replace these over paid idiots with cheaper, illegals.

Maybe the illegal’s can sell counterfeit shirts, hats and other souvenirs. Maybe we can let the illegals sell cheaper food, and beer than you get at the arena. Maybe if these idiots were faced with the economic reality, and it hit them in their pocket, they’d realize the idiocy of their stance.

Wander on May 4, 2010 at 9:09 PM

Breaking…legendary sports announcer Ernie Harwell has left the building

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/04/AR2010050405066.html?hpid=moreheadlines

Del Dolemonte on May 4, 2010 at 9:14 PM

Sports fans are such chumps.

Those players don’t give a crap about you or your country. And yet you’ll kill a weekend sitting on your a$$ watching this crap.

jeff_from_mpls on May 4, 2010 at 9:23 PM

Sports fans are such chumps.

Those players don’t give a crap about you or your country. And yet you’ll kill a weekend sitting on your a$$ watching this crap.

jeff_from_mpls on May 4, 2010 at 9:23 PM

Roll your own… but let’s stop pretending that these people are the shining example of prototypical humans, as it relates to real life. Carl Malone says….

whiskeytango on May 4, 2010 at 9:38 PM

“Los Suns” makes no sense whatsoever. “El sol” is how you say “the sun.” Stupidity borne out of a stupid idea for a protest.

Why don’t they just call themselves “Esposas”? It has two meanings: One meaning of “esposas” is “wives;” the other meaning is “handcuffs.” To the Mexican community “wife” and “handcuffs” are the same word. And to be “esposada” is to be “handcuffed.”

Misogyny anyone?

MsUnderestimated on May 4, 2010 at 9:42 PM

Idiots.

disa on May 4, 2010 at 9:48 PM

Send an Email to the league office and let them know how you feel about this:

Kjeil on May 4, 2010 at 9:57 PM

hmmm not sure what happened there

http://www.nba.com/email_us/contact_us.html

Kjeil on May 4, 2010 at 9:58 PM

Sports fans are such chumps.

Those players don’t give a crap about you or your country. And yet you’ll kill a weekend sitting on your a$$ watching this crap.

jeff_from_mpls on May 4, 2010 at 9:23 PM

A mind is a terrible thing to waste. Too bad you never had one. The problem with you Leftists is that you’re too wimpy to even play sports. Instead, you drive your Volvos up here and then call 9/11 after getting lost in the woods while “hiking”.

Many pro sports teams, and at least 4 NBA Teams have regular Military Appreciation Nights.

Please try again.

Del Dolemonte on May 4, 2010 at 10:15 PM

Why wouldn’t NBA players feel solidarity with illegal aliens – 60% of them are criminals too.

Sporty1946 on May 4, 2010 at 10:17 PM

And how long have LOSer SUNS been expressing solidarity with the murderers of ranchers and cops?

Eren on May 4, 2010 at 10:23 PM

I hate the NBA, but liked the Suns.

Note the past tense.

WannabeAnglican on May 4, 2010 at 10:31 PM

I rather doubt they do the following, but if they do I will credit ownership as marketing geniuses.

They have to sell that shirt. Put Los Suns on every piece of PHX memorabilia they sell and put it out there. 60% will hate it, but 40% of a market is enough to make some serious pesos, I mean, coin.

Two weeks later, if they beat the Spurs, they market a shirt with SunLegals on it. Rinse and repeat.

This is known as market segmentation. My front office position is now secure.

King Banaian on May 4, 2010 at 10:38 PM

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

This clown talking about the NBA?

OxyCon on May 4, 2010 at 10:39 PM

Yup, those jerseys will certainly help make up for the decades of excluding minorities from the NBA.

n0doz on May 4, 2010 at 10:40 PM

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.

It’s actually pretty funny. This butt-sniffing billionaire jerkoff not only faces a public where 60% favor the law that he just pissed on, I’m guessing that the 60% includes about 90% of his season ticket holders, since it probably doesn’t include a whole lot of the poor Hispanic citizens of Arizona.

I hope the nitwit is looking at an empty hall come next fall.

Jaibones on May 4, 2010 at 10:49 PM

I suppose everyone will be allowed in without a ticket. I mean, he wouldn’t want anyone to have to “show their papers” would he?

TugboatPhil on May 4, 2010 at 11:09 PM

Screw the suns.

BuckeyeSam on May 4, 2010 at 11:19 PM

Looks like my last post killed the Los Suns jersey page. If you are not a Suns fan, you can still get a jersey. Still only $80.

Los Jerseys

Jasper61 on May 4, 2010 at 11:46 PM

“and the diversity of our league,”

“The diversity of our league?” Really? 72% of the players are black, 18% are illegal alie…er…I mean, “international”, and only 10% are whiteys.

Fed45 on May 5, 2010 at 1:20 AM

I think that basketball players and owners, at a certain point, have made enough money!

JeffVader on May 5, 2010 at 2:33 AM

Oh, and shouldn’t it be “Los Sol” not “Los Suns”? Or do they not want to lose their brand?

JeffVader on May 5, 2010 at 2:36 AM

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.”…

Sarver went on to say he’s giving away free tickets to the first 1000 undocumented workers for today’s game. “To our Latino friends, we’re ‘down’ with you for the struggle,” said Sarver, “So be ‘up’ with Los Suns for the game! If you’re here for free social services, why not take in a free game, too?”

olesparkie on May 5, 2010 at 7:19 AM

Professional sports is a cesspool of political correctness. The NFL was the only sport I watched regularly and I’m not even sure I will watch that this year after what they did to Rush. It’s a damned shame that they forgot why they exist and convinced themselves that they were more important than the game. They aren’t.

SKYFOX on May 5, 2010 at 8:18 AM

Timmy Dumcun is a crybaby but Manu makes up for it.

thomasaur on May 4, 2010 at 7:21 PM
Tim Duncan is the most unselfish player in the NBA that has his level of skills. Gimme a break. He’s a team player; something that is becoming a rare commodity in the NBA.

If you don’t like the Spurs, fine. Don’t fling turds at Duncan when you and I both know that he is a stellar talent, with a humble attitude that is anachronistic in todays NBA.

P.S. I like anybody who can make Mark Cuban look like he just shat in his britches in public.

hillbillyjim on May 4, 2010 at 7:46 PM

+++++++++infinity. I’ve been following Duncan since his Wake Forest days…..absolutely love him. Cuban is a buffoon (to put it mildly) and Nash can kiss my patookas, I’ve never liked the Suns and now I have even more reason.

atlgal on May 5, 2010 at 8:32 AM

It might be interesting to find out how much Grossmont Bank has in loan deposits from illegals as well as how much it makes off of consumer loans and funds transmittals in that “market segment.” Maybe someone should ask him.

Tongueboy on May 5, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Robert Sarver, that is.

Tongueboy on May 5, 2010 at 9:03 AM

Just boycott the game. I’m a little unsure of basketball fans,anyway. Why do they subsidize these imbeciles?

LarryG on May 5, 2010 at 10:37 AM

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

Los Suns = Spanglish. Soon to be our official language.

Brat on May 5, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Funny that the Suns are protesting the law in a game when they are hosting the team from San Antonio, a town which is 55% hispanic, and whose 3 star players are from France, the Virgin Islands, and Argentina.

Labamigo on May 5, 2010 at 12:06 PM

Not very many hispanics in the NBA.

Come to think about it, the NBA isn’t very diverse either.

scotash on May 5, 2010 at 1:40 PM

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