Phoenix Suns to Protest ‘Nazi Germany’ Immigration Law With ‘Los Suns’ Jerseys
May 5, 2010
(ChattahBox)–The Phoenix Suns basketball team and its players, are joining a growing chorus of professional athletes condemning Arizona’s harsh anti-immigration law, which legalizes racial profiling. The players, many of whom are immigrants themselves, will don “Los Suns” jerseys to honor Cinco de Mayo, as well as to show opposition to the draconian “Show me your papers” law.
Team owner Robert Sarve received across-the board-support to stage the very public show of protest against the immigration law, according to Arizona Central:
“Robert Sarver decided – with unanimous support from his players – that the Suns would wear their “Los Suns” jerseys for Game 2 tonight on Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican holiday. The gesture, which came with the blessing of the NBA and the league’s players union, reflects Sarver’s belief that passing Senate Bill 1070 was not “the right way to handle the immigration problem, Number 1,” he said. “Number 2, as I read through the bill, it felt to me a little bit like it was mean-spirited, and I personally just don’t agree with it.”
General Manager Steve Kerr took his criticisms further, comparing the controversial immigration law to Nazi Germany. “It’s hard to imagine in this country that we have to produce papers,” Kerr said. “It rings up images of Nazi Germany, he said.
Suns co-captain Steve Nash, a South African-born Canadian, has been extremely outspoken against the new racial profiling law:
“I think the bill opens up the opportunity for racial profiling, racism. I think it puts the police in an incredibly difficult position that isn’t fair to them. It’s an infringement on our civil liberties to allow the possibility for inequality to arise in our community,” he said. Nash also called the law “very misguided” and something we “don’t need to see in 2010.”
Major League Baseball may also soon show condemnation for Arizona’s harsh law, by moving the 2011 All-Star Game from Phoenix. U.S. Congressman José E. Serrano, (D-NY), who called for the boycott, calls the Arizona “Show me your papers” law “unjust, wrong-headed, mean-spirited, and unconstitutional.”
The orange Los Suns jerseys were previously worn by the Phoenix Suns to promote the NBA’s Noche Latina marketing campaign.
The Suns will wear the jerseys in game two of the Western Conference semifinal series against the San Antonio Spurs tonight in Phoenix.