Sarver, Suns, Really Do Care


Bright Side of the Sun brought the news, as well as the really good photo below that's from a while ago and has nothing to do with the story, unless you want to speculate on what role the Suns players may have played in this. Here's my really rushed two cents, but by now, you know my feelings on this. This is an incredibly bold stand for a sports franchise to take, and it's a sign of just how important it is for this law to meet its maker.

Wonder how this looks if the Suns go Spanish, and the Spurs, who probably have the largest Latino fan base of any team, don't. Fuck the "offense vs. defense" cliche that really doesn't apply here anymore—this series just got really, really big.

UPDATE: From Bright Side's Seth, Twitter: "Nash and kerr making strong stmts against immigration bill. Bold move. Sarvers idea but players approved as did NBA and Spurs" Not to armchair here, and I'm way too excited to try and break this down, but my guess is that when he came to them, the floodgates opened for everyone to speak their mind. There's your new formula, I guess. Still wondering what the Spurs do now.

UPDATE 2: Seth, again, with the exact words of Nash, Gentry, Amar'e, etc. They are not playing at all here. Also, Eric Freeman wonders if this means fans in favor of the law will now find themselves cheering a jersey that is as much a symbol of protest as of the team.

Oh, and while this Photoshop job is old, too, I invite anyone on the wrong side of this issue to use it:


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At 5/04/2010 4:12 PM, Blogger C.S. said...

There's also the part about the Spurs being (maybe?) the most internationally-influenced roster in the league, with multiple Spanish-speaking players to boot. I'm curious if there's enough pressure for an Oberto or a Ginobli to respond to the Spanish jerseys thing when it comes up, forcing a few more players to join Shakira and Ricky Martin in solidarity.

At 5/05/2010 12:54 AM, Blogger Peter said...

Pop was really good on this , comparing the bill to the Patriot Act. I felt kind of proud of him.

At 5/05/2010 1:26 AM, Blogger Darius said...

Yeah, I think it's a little unfair to hate on the Spurs here for not stepping up--clearly they have.

Oh, Jelly Bean Bryant with the Los Lakers hat. Not a coincidence? Interesting considering the rumor that he was against Kobe marrying his wife (who is Puerto Rican, IIRC).

At 5/05/2010 1:32 AM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

Sorry, I stopped adding updates. Yes, Pop and the Spurs are on board 1000%, just couldn't for logistical reasons. Phil is the real enemy.


At 5/05/2010 12:52 PM, Blogger Neil Sinhababu said...

I was wondering whether Steve Nash is a benevolent alien who came to our realm from an advanced civilization, with a message that all humans must live in peace together. And then I realized -- yeah, he's a Canadian.

At 5/06/2010 1:53 AM, Blogger Peter said...

"I hope they change [the law] back to what it was and give the workers the possibility to be legal and pay taxes as everyone else"

I don't think Manu needed the pressure. Fucking Kenny, Barley and C-Webb were beautiful tonight, especially the latter with the P.E. reference. Ernie keeping it real (white) with the "remember the whites in all this" voice of (shitty) reason.


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