Fox & Friends: Phoenix Suns Players Forced to Act ‘as Billboards’
May 6, 2010
(ChattahBox)—-Fox News and its crack team of “journalists” apparently feel free to just make stuff up, when it serves their predetermined narrative. And true to form, Brian Kilmeade of the intellectually challenged Fox & Friends, declared that Phoenix Suns basketball players were forced against their will, by the team’s owner Robert Sarver to protest Arizona’s harsh anti-immigration law, by wearing “Los Suns” jerseys during Wednesday’s playoff game. Sarver used “his players as billboards”, said Kilmeade. The only problem with that statement; is that it’s categorically false.
Kilmeade made his false assertions, during a “fair and balanced” segment characterized, as “Should the Suns be mixing sports with politics?” The featured guests, were immigration lawyer Michael Wildes and Mark Krikorkian with the Center for Immigration Studies:
KILMEADE: “Are you going to tell me every person on the Phoenix Suns believes they should be standing up against the immigration law?” … “[S]o if an owner decides to use his players as billboards, what can you do as a player? Are you going to tell me every person on the Phoenix Suns believes that they should be standing up for immigrants—the new laws passed throughout that state—Is that fair?”
After Wildes pointed out that “It probably isn’t in their contract, and I believe that any player has the right not to wear something if they conscientiously object,” Kilmeade responded, “there’s no way a player is going to sit out a playoff game because of an Arizona immigration law. I don’t see it happening.”
If Kilmeade had taken the time to take just a cursory glance at the multiple media reports covering the story, he would have instantly discovered that the players “unanimously” agreed to wear the “Los Suns” jerseys to protest Arizona’s draconian law, which permits insidious racial profiling.
“According to the Arizona Republic, “Robert Sarver decided — with unanimous support from his players -that the Suns would wear their ‘Los Suns’ jerseys for Game 2 tonight on Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican holiday.” The Arizona Republic also reported that the decision “came with the blessing of the NBA and the league’s players union.”‘
According to ESPN, “Sarver came up with the “Los Suns” jersey idea but left it up to the players for the final decision, Suns guard Steve Nash said, and all of them were for it. “I think it’s fantastic,” Nash said after Tuesday’s practice. “I think the law is very misguided…”
And Yahoo news reported, “Sarver came up with the “Los Suns” jersey idea but left it up to the players for the final decision, Suns guard Steve Nash said, and all of them were for it. “I think it’s fantastic,” Nash said after Tuesday’s practice. “I think the law is very misguided.”
So much for Kilmeade’s assertion that Sarver forced the players against their will to don the “Los Suns” jerseys.
Furthermore, Kilmeade fails to grasp the concept of taking a principled stand against an immoral policy even when it enjoys widespread popular support. Kilmeade noted that a majority of Arizona residents support the law. He then makes the nonsensical, ethically challenged (and just plain dumb) leap that the Phoenix Suns should be “accurate” and support the law:
“So, if they are representing Phoenix they be accurate and actually do something supporting the new immigration law policy, correct?”
The persecution of the Jews by Nazi Germany also received majority support.
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