Obama: “I wanted to come out here not only because it is sunny and warm, but also, you know, there’s been a lot of these rumors about me and the Phoenix Suns.” || Getty Images
Duane Rankin || The Arizona Republic
Devin Booker saw it, too.
arack Obama came to Phoenix to show his support for Democratic candidates at a rally on Wednesday, but addressed a topic of great interest to Suns fans — and their franchise player.
“I wanted to come out here not only because it is sunny and warm, but also, you know, there’s been a lot of these rumors about me and the Phoenix Suns,” Obama said at Cesar Chavez High School, getting a rise out of the capacity crowd.
Last month, Bill Simmons of The Ringer said the former U.S. President was part of a potential ownership group for the Suns as Robert Sarver is looking to sell the team amid backlash from the investigation findings.
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That led to Charles Barkley, who Simmons was interviewing, to say he’d join Obama on an ownership group. So Obama actually began his speech addressing what he called “rumors” about the situation.
“I didn’t know I was in the market and, by the way, neither did Michelle,” continued Obama, mentioning his wife, former First Lady Michelle Obama. “But I will say this. The Suns are looking pretty good. I’ve got to admit that. I think they have a few more wins than my (Chicago) Bulls right now.”
The Suns are 6-1. The 5-4 Bulls are not.