In a momentous screw-you to the majority of their fans in Arizona, the Phoenix Suns will wear “Los Suns” on their jerseys tonight. Just in case you think this is a mere marketing stunt designed to appeal to Hispanics, the Suns have made it crystal clear that they hold 70% of the people of Arizona in contempt:
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.”
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.”
…Sarver came up with the “Los Suns” jersey idea but left it up to the players for the final decision, Suns guard Steve Nash said, and all of them were for it.
“I think it’s fantastic,” Nash said after Tuesday’s practice. “I think the law is very misguided. I think it’s, unfortunately, to the detriment of our society and our civil liberties. I think it’s very important for us to stand up for things we believe in. As a team and as an organization, we have a lot of love and support for all of our fans. The league is very multicultural. We have players from all over the world, and our Latino community here is very strong and important to us.”
Of course, it’s easy for a bunch of millionaires who play a kid’s game to throw stones. Steve Nash isn’t going to have to carry a gun out of his mansion tomorrow because he’s afraid that his family may be waylaid and murdered by illegals. That’s an everyday fact of life for many of the Suns’ fans who are unfortunate enough to live on the border. I’d also note that Amare Stoudemire isn’t going to have to work for slave wages because he’s competing with illegal aliens who don’t pay for health care, car insurance, or income tax. Robert Sarver can afford to send his progeny to private school. So, he isn’t going to have to take his kids to a school that’s overcrowded because it’s swamped with children who aren’t even supposed to be in the country, all of whom are getting an education that their parents aren’t paying for courtesy of the American taxpayers. If Suns’ fans who believe in putting America first, securing the border, and obeying the law are willing to put up with those insults and they’re still going to buy tickets, jerseys, and everything else to reward the same arrogant creeps who look down on them, well, then they deserve what they get.
But, here’s what’s most notable: The Suns don’t even believe their own BS. If you do go to a Suns game, guess what? You’ll find that their arena has an extremely secure border. You don’t go by their rules, you don’t get into the game. If somehow, you do get in without buying a ticket and they find out about it, they will send their security over and they will demand that you prove that you belong in the arena. If you can’t show them a ticket, it doesn’t matter whether you just arrived or whether it’s late in the 4th quarter, the Suns will immediately deport you right out of the arena for not following their rules.
In other words, all the people of Arizona are asking is to be able to do the exact same thing that the Suns do at every home game. For this, they’re being trashed by a bunch of privileged, rich jerks who are only able to play a kid’s game for a living because the people of Arizona pay outrageous prices to watch them play.