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Pro-AZ T-Shirts Questioned At NBA Game

From The Daily Caller:

Fans asked to remove pro-Arizona immigration law shirts during NBA game

By Alex Pappas — The Daily Caller   05/17/10

Two fans at a Phoenix Suns basketball game were ejected from their first row seats and removed from the arena last week after refusing orders from security guards to take off their shirts in support of Arizona’s recently passed law against illegal immigration.

One of the fans, businessman Jim Clark, said he and a friend, who were wearing orange shirts that read “Viva Los 1070,” eventually were allowed to return to their seats during last Wednesday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs after speaking with a security director.

This is not the first occurrence of politics creeping into the Suns basketball games: On Cinco de Mayo, team owner Robert Sarver came up with the idea for the team to wear “Los Suns” on their jerseys in protest of the immigration law. That’s what drove Clark to don his own shirt.

“If they’re going to shove their politics down my throat, I’m going make a message of my own,” Clark told The Daily Caller.

The phrase “Viva Los 1070” is in reference to the recently passed Arizona immigration law, Senate Bill 1070.

Clark said it is his understanding that it was TNT, which was broadcasting the game, that first suggested they remove their shirts because their front row seats were visible on camera.

Clark, the chief executive of Republic Monetary Exchange in Phoenix, said that shortly after the beginning of the game, security guards approached him and his friend and told them to either take their shirts off or turn them inside out. Four guards escorted the duo outside of the arena.

But after speaking with a security manager, they were allowed to return to their seats wearing their shirts. Fans were cheering and high-fiving them, he said. There was some snickering too.

Suns president Rick Welts later called to apologize, something Clark said he accepts. They spoke for more than 30 minutes. “They handled it in a very proper manner. But I don’t support their politics.”

A spokeswoman for the Spurs did not immediately return a request for comment, but a TNT spokesman said the company had nothing to do with the incident. “We covered the events in Phoenix that night as they unfolded and forwarded the story throughout the night. No one from Turner’s staff made such a request,” said spokesman Jeff Pomeroy.

Clark says he has since printed 500 “Viva Los 1070” shirts that he plans to sell to fans on a soon-to-be launched website. “I’m not gonna let it drop, and I have no obligation to do so,” he said.

Clark said he will wear the shirt again to other games, and it looks like he will have plenty of opportunities to do so. After apologizing, Welts promised him four tickets to the next 10 games, plus some autographed basketballs from the team.

Thank goodness we keep politics out of sports.

Except when we don’t.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, May 18th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Pro-AZ T-Shirts Questioned At NBA Game”

  1. 2old2givea says:

    … because clearly, the shirts should have read, “Viva EL 1070.” That must’ve been the reason, yeah.

    Wow, this sure sounds a LOT like the boys in CA who had the audacity of wearing American Flag T-shirts.

    The Statists have infiltrated every aspect of our lives. While the columnists and bloggers and talking heads look for this reason or that reason for the latest to come out of the Regime, they simply can’t seem to come to terms with the truth: A Revolution occured. They won. If so many can’t understand that one simple premise, God help us all. You can’t win a war if you don’t know understand the enemy. I’ll be watching today’s elections. God-speed the counter-revolution.

  2. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    “after speaking with a security director”

    I’m sure he pointed out as a person who could afford floor seats to an NBA playoff game; he could hire a pretty good lawyer. Probably had one on speed dial; he managed not only to get to keep the shirt on, but also scored tickets to 10 more games and some other swag. I’m betting on the ghost of Jonny Cochran.

    • JohnMG says:

      More than likely, somebody from the Suns reviewed the tape and realized that the shirts had been seen on television. As a matter of First Amendment rights, the Suns and TNT would be found in a very untennable situation trying to defend their actions.

      Who knows. Maybe Mr. Welts had visions of Mr. Clark as co-owner of the team……..maybe even majority owner…….and didn’t care for the thought.

      The only people more over rated than professional athletes are the owners of the teams. Pathetic!

  3. NoNeoCommies says:

    The time they were off the floor allowed TNT to warn the camera crews to avoid that section.
    Only one side is allowed a voice.

  4. Right of the People says:

    But those shirts are RACIST!!!! (sarc)

    How dare Arizona want to protect their citizens.

  5. jrmcdonald says:

    Robert Sarver sounds like a mindless tool. How can he expect to stay in business by chasing away paying customers? Most sports fans are not liberal.

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