Yesterday, the Daily Caller reported that during Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals series between the Phoenix Suns and San Antonio Spurs, the Suns ejected two of their own fans from the US Airways Center for wearing pro-Arizona immigration law t-shirts.
Prior to the series, the Suns organization came out publicly against the law, SB 1070, and after the team’s Game 1 victory, the organization used its franchise player, Steve Nash, to once again espouse its political view towards the law via ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption”. The organization also announced that for Game 2 of the series the team would wear its “Los Suns” jerseys – a successful marketing ploy conveniently timed for Cinco de Mayo and disguised as an opportunity to show “solidarity with the Latino community”.
But, after having the opportunity to exercise its 1st Amendment rights, the Suns believed it had the power to suppress those same rights of two Arizonans who are American citizens. In the process, the Suns demonstrated that not only does the team have a killer pick-and-roll, but has also perfected one of the plays from the Leftists’ dangerously hypocritical playbook.
The X’s and O’s of that play are incredibly easy to understand.
First, you find an issue that you don’t agree with and you protest against it in some manner – exercising your 1st Amendment rights. Then, you find out incredibly, that some people don’t agree with your opinion, and you try to silence those individuals – suppressing their 1st Amendment rights.
In this case, the Suns first asked the two individuals to remove their t-shirts, and then because they wouldn’t, they removed them from the arena.
Of course this course of action is reasonable because after all, the 1st Amendment should only be protected and dissent should only be fashionable as it pertains to leftists, right?
Pardon me for being cynical, but is team owner Robert Sarver using his franchise to support the federal government’s anti-Arizona immigration law stance because his bank, Western Alliance Bancorporation, received $140 million in TARP funds?
Moreover, in 2008, Sarver was a big contributor to then pro-Amnesty presidential candidate, John McCain, but now that McCain has switched sides on the issue, Sarver has thus far only donated money to Democratic candidates for the 2010 midterm elections.
What does that say about Sarver?
Ultimately, the Suns did apologize and allowed the two fans to return to their seats, but even after doing so, the team’s president, Rick Welts, felt the need to state “I don’t support their politics”.
Mr. Welts, who cares?
The Phoenix Suns franchise has been a professional basketball organization in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for 42 years; apparently, I missed the press release that announced it was now also a subsidiary of “La Raza”.
After the team’s drubbing last night in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, I would suggest that the team worry more about stopping Kobe Bryant and the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers, and less on advancing progressive politics.
J.C. Arenas is a new contributor to David Horowitz’s NewsReal Blog and welcomes your comments at jcarenas.com