I’ve gone on record before in saying that politics has no place in sports whatsoever. In rare occasions it does call for both to come together. Examples; Jackie Robinson’s number retired throughout baseball, Congress threatening action if MLB didn’t clean up the sport of PEDs, boycotting the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, Russia. There are countless other examples, but when it comes to a state passing a law that a select few disapprove of, it has no reason to be injected into the sports realm.
Arizona over a week ago passed a law that they hope will help lessen the blow illegal immigration has done to their state. There is no doubt that it affects them and the other border states (California, New Mexico and Texas). And in many ways; Economic, Resources, Crime, Medical and on and on. I will go ahead and tell you what those who disagree loudly with the bill don’t want to discuss. The bill (which you can read here) doesn’t advocate a police officer to hunt down brown skinned people. When a police officer asks you for your license and registration when pulling you over for speeding or running a red light, you show him/her that license and registration. If you do not have it, you’re in trouble. American or not. It simply puts emphasis on an already existing federal law. That’s it.
I would like to ask point guard Steve Nash, Suns owner Robert Sarver and Suns GM Steve Kerr if they read the bill. If they had, they wouldn’t be making these statements:
“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 and Arizona’s already struggling economy will suffer even further setbacks at a time when the state can ill-afford them.” – Robert Sarver
“I think the bill opens up the opportunity for racial profiling, racism. I think it puts the police in an incredibly difficult position that isn’t fair to them. It’s an infringement on our civil liberties to allow the possibility for inequality to arise in our community,” – Steve Nash
“It’s hard to imagine in this country that we have to produce papers. It rings up images of Nazi Germany” – Steve Kerr
Yeah, there are stupid politicians who should have dealt with this problem a long time ago, but now this issue is coming to the forefront in Arizona. Sarver has decided to promote the fact that the Phoenix Suns will be wearing their “Los Suns” jerseys tonight against the Spurs. That’s fine. You want to promote diversity and goodwill, that’s great. Don’t try to shove your view on the issue into it though. Keep it out.
Nash was an adamant voice against the War in Iraq by the United States. That’s fine too. I respect your right to protest. When you state your opinion when you’re about to play a game, you begin to delve into some rough territory. I could care less of celebrities opinions on certain issues, because frankly they won’t sway my decision. The same goes for athletes. No one cares, shut up and play.
Kerr’s came as a surprise. Trying to stem a problem instead of letting it get worse is considered being a Nazi. Hmmm. I have to say, this is probably the worst quote to come from an athlete/GM since Patrick Ewing’s “we make a lot of money, but we spend a lot of money” quote from the ’99 NBA lockout. You’ve lost my respect as a person Mr. Kerr. I and those who want to take action are now Nazi’s. Have fun trying to win a championship as an executive good sir.
Who are the morons that are protesting the Arizona Diamondbacks? Please go back to the cellars you came from. The team has nothing to do with a states policies. Yes, manager A.J. Hinch can’t stand the fact that he has 7 Latin players on his active roster. GM Josh Byrnes has his scouts avoid the entire Carribean Peninsula to find new talent. Punishing a team for a states decision is just plain stupid and it should be shunned more often.
Regardless of your political outlook, I for one am sick and tired of this. Trying to punish or boycott sports teams for politicians decisions is wrong. Loudly voicing your opinion without knowing or understanding both sides to the issue disturbs me even more. Just because you have a microphone in front of you doesn’t make you the all knowing power on the planet. What you spew will not be fact. I know that first hand. You must know what you’re going to say and be honest about it.
Please for the love of God, stop spewing crap out of your mouths. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about life, it’s that you have to know there are two answers to every question or problem. If we all knew that, maybe things can change for the better.