Seeing Red AZ is a conservative political site that rarely delves into sports. A rare exception was in 2010 when the Phoenix Suns basketball team, under the leadership of majority owner Robert Sarver, veered into Arizona’s Senate Bill 1070. The legislation, signed into law by then-Gov. Jan Brewer, imposed penalties on illegal aliens invading Arizona.
At the time, Sarver made the decision for the team to wear “Los Suns” on their jerseys in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals in celebration of Cinco de Mayo and in a show of solidarity against SB 1071. Sarver, a Tucson native, said it was “to honor our Latino community and the diversity of our league, the state of Arizona, and our nation.”
Then-Suns guard Steve Nash, a South African-born Canadian, also opposed the new Arizona law that makes it a state crime to be in the country illegally.
Nash said Sarver came up with the “Los Suns” jersey idea but left it up to the players, and all of them were for it. Seeing Red AZ, advised, “Phoenix Suns: Play the game, stay out of politics.” That post was followed by, “Los Suns game 6 loss: 111-103,” describing the loss of fan support.
Fast forward to 2021, when the fallacious and divisive Critical Race Theory is being taught as fact in classrooms across the nation. Leftist Sarver is no longer embraced, but vilified, after having been accused of making “racist and misogynist comments,” which he denies, stating:
“I don’t know how to prove I didn’t do something. Friends and colleagues, white and Black, who attest they’ve known me for 10 and 20 years and have never heard me use language like this or behave in a racist or sexist way are told their own experiences with me aren’t relevant. There was only one named source in the entire piece to stand behind these accusations, former coach Earl Watson. I understand that he is frustrated with me because we terminated him.” (This is an excerpt of a longer statement.)
Denials are worthless when being accused of racism or sexism. Sarver’s past of falling in with the prevailing open border policies of the left, will not save him. Nor will his impassioned statement. In 2021, his protests are the equivalent of spitting in the wind.