July 12, 2011, - 12:58 am
Remember when so many big-mouthed pro athletes, particularly from Major League Baseball and the NBA, spoke out against Arizona’s immigration law? Well, they’ve learned that it’s better business to shut their pieholes on politics. The best part is Adrian Gonzalez back-pedaling on the Arizona law. Love it.
Adrian Gonzalez Learns a Lesson in Shut the Bleep Up!
Boston Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, inundated with letters from immigration support groups, discards them.
Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, barraged with phone calls and requests for a boycott, ignores them.
Michael Wildes, an immigration attorney, has called for baseball to back immigration rights at the All-Star Game but gets the indifference.
Puente, a human-rights organization, is among the groups scheduled to protest Arizona’s anti-illegal immigration law Tuesday outside Chase Field. Luis Avila, president of Somos America, Arizona’s largest immigrant-rights coalition, has asked players to wear white ribbons in support. Their outcry has been met with silence.
Gonzalez was among several players who attacked Arizona’s immigration initiative, SB 1070, a year ago, saying he would consider boycotting the All-Star Game if it wasn’t moved out of Arizona. Gonzalez, born and raised in Tijuana, Mexico, not only plans to play — voted as the American League’s first baseman — but also remain silent on the issue. He told USA TODAY he will decline to answer all questions on the subject in today’s news conference.
“What I said was misinterpreted,” Gonzalez said, “especially the way the question was asked. At the time, I didn’t know much about the law. I still don’t. It’s not something I’m even going to get into.”
The bill makes it a misdemeanor for non-U.S. citizens to be in Arizona without carrying citizenship or immigration papers. Several key passages were struck down in federal court, but critics still say it still encourages profiling.
I love the smell of backpedaling by morons. And since they are, indeed, changing their tune, I can only guess the mounds of letters in support of illegal aliens were trumped by a larger reaction from Major League Baseball fans in support of Arizona’s law (and against athletes spouting off on it). MLB often quietly conducts polls on what makes its fans tick. And clearly Gonzalez’s statements ticked them off.
Make our borders secure. And keep Major League Baseball out of our borders.
Does Bud Selig ask Arizona Governor Jan Brewer how to run a major sports league? Don’t tell Arizona how to protect its citizens.
Oh, and by the way, when it comes to Muslim illegal aliens–a number of them Islamic terrorists–coming into the U.S. through Mexico, I don’t need a baseball player to tell me anything. When his family gets blown up, then he can make comment. Until then, Shut the [Bleep] Up!
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