The Phoenix Suns are pulling off a wardrobe alteration to protest Arizona's
immigration law and celebrate Cinco de Mayo. For tonight's game against
the San Antonio Spurs, the team's jerseys will read "Los Suns." Often
professional athletes try to avoid divisive politics but apparently much
of the team (including star point guard Steve Nash) is behind the
Law Is Unjust, says Suns star Steve Nash on ESPN: "I'm against it. I
think that this is a bill that really damages our civil liberties. I
think it opens up the potential for racial profiling and racism. I think
it's a bad precedent to set for our young people. I think it represents
our state poorly in the eyes of hte nation and the world... Hopefully
it will change a lot in the coming weeks."
Go Suns! cheers E.D. Kain at True/Slant: "Good for the
Suns and good for Steve Nash. There are very few organizations in
Arizona as high-profile as the Suns. Hopefully the Cardinals and the
Coyotes and all the other sports organizations around the state will
also come out against the new law."
Start a Trend, writes Steve Krakauer at Mediaite:
"Political statements in sports are a rare occurrence. But with the
Arizona immigration law already intersecting
with sports (in baseball) we could see more players and teams, or
entire leagues, taking stands against the bill deemed by some to be
unfair toward a set of people who make up large portions of the American
The NBA's Been Doing This for a While, notes James Joyner at Outside the Beltway:
"Amusingly, while this move is getting a lot of attention because of
the present controversy, this isn't anything new. The NBA has been celebrating
Noche Latina the last four seasons, and at least eight teams
-- including the Suns -- have worn Spanish variant jerseys in
commemoration of that. And the Suns have apparently worn these jerseys
twice previously this season without the fanfare."
That Be Los Soles?" asks conservative Don Surber. He chalks it up as an attempt for the
Suns to "go PC."
Shove It, Nash! gripes a
Suns fan who's rooting for the Spurs tonight: "I don't take
people who chase an orange ball around for a living very seriously and
Steve Nash just reinforced the reasons why. I'm not going to get into
the reasons why Nash is full of it, because its been discussed multiple
times already on this blog and a million others. So thanks to your dumb
stunt tonight Nash, despite the fact that I have been a longtime
Arizona resident, I will be rooting for the Spurs."
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