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'Los Suns' Get Sports Shows Talking About Arizona Law (VIDEO)

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As you probably know, the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association has emerged as a vocal opponent of the recently passed Arizona immigration bill. Team owner Robert Sarver made news when he asked the team to don jerseys that read "Los Suns," to celebrate the diversity of the Phoenix community and protest the new law.

It's not often that politics gets mixed up with professional athletics to the point that a club takes on the role of activist, but the Suns seem pretty comfortable taking on the burden. And it hasn't sapped their game either: last night, Los Suns beat the San Antonio Spurs 110-102 to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.

ThinkProgress's Amanda Terkel pulls this exchange from TNT's typically freewheeling playoff coverage, in which former hoopsters Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, and Chris Webber discuss the law and the Phoenix community. Barkley praised the Hispanic community, and criticized Arizona's pols as "lightweight[s]... that don't know what they're doing." Of course, best of all is Webber dropping Public Enemy's "By The Time I Get To Arizona" into the discussion.


By the way, the Arizona racial-profiling law inspired Public Enemy's Chuck D to update "By The Time I Get To Arizona" with the assistance of DJ Spooky.

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