Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Phoenix Suns Change their jerseys to Convey their view of Arizona's immigration law

If you've notice the Phoenix Suns wore their "Los Suns" jerseys for Game 2 against the San Antonio Spurs "to honor [the] Latino community and the diversity of our league, the state of Arizona, and our nation." The decision to wear the new Jersey's came from team owner Robert Sarver. Sarver, who was born and raised in Tucson, said frustration with the federal government's failure to deal with the illegal immigration issue led to the passage of what he called "a flawed state law."

"However intended, the result of passing the law is that our basic principles of equal rights and protection under the law are being called into question," he said, "and Arizona's already struggling economy will suffer even further setbacks at a time when the state can ill-afford them."

Phoenix guard Steve Nash succinctly summed up the Suns' feelings on the issue:
"I think it's fantastic," Nash said after Tuesday's practice. "I think the law is very misguided. I think it's, unfortunately, to the detriment of our society and our civil liberties. I think it's very important for us to stand up for things we believe in. As a team and as an organization, we have a lot of love and support for all of our fans. The league is very multicultural. We have players from all over the world, and our Latino community here is very strong and important to us."

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is also on board, the Spurs even tried to get their "Los Spurs" jerseys, it was too late but when asked for approval to wear the jerseys, the NBA "was all for it," said Suns general manager Steve Kerr. Furthermore, NBA Players Association executive director Billy Hunter issued a press release, denouncing the law:

"The recent passage of the new immigration law in Arizona is disappointing and disturbing. The National Basketball Players Association strongly supports the repeal or immediate modification of this legislation. Any attempt to encourage, tolerate or legalize racial profiling is offensive and incompatible with basic notions of fairness and equal protection. A law that unfairly targets one group is ultimately a threat to all.

We applaud the actions of Phoenix Suns players and management and join them in taking a stand against the misguided efforts of Arizona lawmakers. We are consulting with our members and our player leadership to determine the most effective way for our union to continue to voice our opposition to this legislation."

**Arizona can kick rocks! I understand what they are trying to do however their way of going about it is completely discriminative. I respect the NBA for allowing the Sun and Spurs to get involved in anyway they can. (source)

1 comment:

race card said...

Truth: The Suns (including Steve Nash, the Canadian) do not care about the rights of illegal aliens.

they only want to prevent any potential loss of income that might result in hispanics not buying tickets to their games.