Los Suns Jersey Protest: NBA Phoenix Suns, Immigration Bill
Los Suns Jerseys: Steve Nash and Team Protest SB 1070 And Honor Cinco De May For Game 2 - Has Support of NBA
Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver, star guard Steve Nash, General Manager Steve Kerr and the entire Phoenix Suns basketball team support a startling decision to wear the Los Suns jerseys for Game 2 of the NBA Western Conference final Wednesday night.
The wearing of the Los Suns jerseys is usually designed to honor Cinco De Mayo but this year the Phoenix Suns say it also a protest against Arizona Immigration bill SB 1070.
Steve Nash Speaks Out Against SB 1070
Former NBA MVP Steve Nash expressed his criticism on ESPN on Tuesday.
I think this is a bill that really damages our civil liberties. It represents our state poorly in the eyes of the world...It opens up the potential for racial profiling and racism. It's a poor example for young people and something we can do without."
The Arizona immigration bill would Arizona police to stop, question and detain people on simply the suspicion of being illegal immigrants to the USA.
NBA Union and League Commissioner Support Suns Protest
The players union supports the decision by the Phoenix Suns to protest the immigration law and NBA Commissioner of the league David Stern told NBA.Com that "We think it is appropriate what the Suns are doing."
Phoenix Suns Prepare For Fan Backlash
The Phoenix Suns team recognizes that there will be a backlash and that some fans may disagree with Los Suns Jersey Protest.
General Manager Steve Kerr said the Suns are prepared for a backlash but felt it was their "duty" to address a national issue during the nationally televised platfrom of the NBA playoffs.
"It's hard to imagine in this country that we have to produce papers," Kerr said. "It rings up images of Nazi Germany. We understand that the intentions of the law are not for that to happen, but you have to be very, very careful. . . . It's important that everyone in our state and nation understands this is an issue that needs to be explored. So, we're trying to expose it."
Apparently, the Suns opponent in the the Western Conference playoffs also wanted to support the Phoenix Suns protest but could not get the Los Suns on their jerseys in time for Game 2.
NBA Protest, Implications For MLB?
From a sports perspective the question is what impact with the Los Suns Jersey, Immigration Law Protest have on other sports teams and leagues? This NBA immigration law protest, and make no mistake this had to have league approval before the Suns played before a nationally televised TV audience, could have implications for Major League Baseball.
Currently there are campaigns underway urging the league to move the site of the 2011 MLB All-star game away from Phoenix unless the SB 1070 is changed. In addition, there are moves to boycott the Arizona Diamondbacks partly because the owner, Ken Kendrick, is a strong supporter of the Republican Party.
The guess is that Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver may have slightly different leanings than his baseball counterpart.
Arizona SB 1070 cannot become the law of the state until July.