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Brewer, Barkley: Boycott one-on-one?

Governor and Suns big man in virtual debate over sports boycott of Az

Former Suns star Charles Barkley and Gov. Jan Brewer might not make for a great matchup on the boards, but what about in the war of words?

Barkley is calling for professional sports, including baseball's 2011 All-Star Game, to boycott Arizona because of SB 1070.

Brewer penned an op-ed for ESPN saying a boycott is "the wrong play."

On Fox Sports Radio on Tuesday, Barkley called for the boycott throughout pro sports:

...if they're gonna continue to have the law, I think all major sports organizations need to boycott, and not have any more all star games in my city, starting with the major league baseball game.

On the Dan Patrick Show, Sir Charles was asked if baseball should be involved in the immigration issue:

I think we all need to. As a black person, I'm always against any form of discrimination or racial profiling. I really respect Adrian Gonzalez for coming out and saying something. I didn't realize that in the major leagues there's 30 percent Hispanic players, and in the minor leagues it's like 50. Those are some daunting numbers. I think that we need to do two things. Living in Arizona, I'm disappointed that we came up with the law. But we need to do two things. We need to find a way to get these immigrants their citizenship, that's the first thing, is to find a way to help them get citizenship. I'm very disappointed in John McCain. He used to be somebody I really admired and respected. The second thing, to me, would be very simple. Anybody who hires immigrants, you just fine them. They're not working for other immigrants. Fine and penalize the people they're working for, because most of those immigrants here are busting their hump, doing a great job, and to go after them every couple years because you want to raise hell doing something to get re-elected, that's disrespectful and disgusting.

Brewer took up the ball Wednesday:

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Urging Major League Baseball to take away next year's All-Star Game from Phoenix is the wrong play. In Arizona, both proponents and opponents of Senate Bill 1070 have stated that economic boycotts are an inappropriate and misguided response to an issue that is clearly worthy of proper public debate and discourse. Put simply, history shows that boycotts backfire and harm innocent people. Boycotts are just more politics and manipulation by out-of-state interests.

While Brewer suited up, she didn't take a swing at too many metaphors or puns, despite the easy chances. "Essentially, our border leaks like a team with a last-place defense," was one.

The Arizona governor closed with a pitch to end drug use:

A boycott that would actually improve border security would be to boycott illegal drugs. Dramatically less drug use and production would do wonders for the safety of all our communities.

What's your take?

Should athletes and professional sports leagues boycott Arizona? Does Brewer need to liven her prose with more colorful sports jargon?

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