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.


14 Responses to “Phoenix Suns to Protest ‘Nazi Germany’ Immigration Law With ‘Los Suns’ Jerseys”

  1. Carol Owens on May 5th, 2010 1:03 pm

    I am extremely dissappointed with the Suns. You need to learn to keep your political views off the court and away from the game. People need to be able to watch and enjoy sports, you have taken that away in forming your own political view. Why don’t you guys go live on the border with all that goes on in their backyard and deal with this issue. This is not a new issue on immigration. It has gotten worse over time. I am sure you would not like having to be threatened on your own ranches, your cattle killed, fences cut, and knowing your own life was at risk everytime you stepped out your door. I am for people who want to live in this country to do it legal. The illegals do not have to destroy our country just to come into our country, do it the RIGHT WAY. There are many people who have come into our world the CORRECT WAY, this is how it should be done.

  2. AreYouHighOrWhat on May 5th, 2010 1:25 pm

    This isn’t a Democrat/Republican issue, we’re all American citizens first. Amnesty isn’t going to happen! In the meantime anyone aiding the busload of Harper Valley PTA Agitators trying to oppress Arizona is getting added to my permanent boycott list. Americans remember their enemies, ask Jane Fonda (LOL). The “Don’t boycott us over gay marriage” but “Let’s boycott Arizona” Progressives in California should have remembered the old line “Do unto others”….and now they will pay! Who’s next?

    Spin the issues all you want, astro turf message boards with sad little stories, project YOUR race based issues onto your opposition, offend the Jewish population by comparing people coming here illegally to the genocide they faced, riot in the streets, and scream insults at the American population; at the end of the day it won’t change anything!

    At best you can hope Americans don’t run pro-criminal voters (probably “progressive”) right out of our electorate. This isn’t a party issue, don’t let Democrats trick you into thinking it is, they don’t even have enough support in their own party, and the LGBT crowd has abandoned THEIR idea of “Illegal Immigration Reform” We don’t reward criminals and nobody is gonna get Amnesty for breaking the law. NOBODY! The “path to citizenship” and “humane enforcement” lines are crap too, criminals that have been emboldened to cheat our system for years don’t get “fast-tracked” to citizenship. The people trying to come here legally certainly aren’t going to like being “line jumped” by people breaking the laws they so patiently observed. We aren’t the monsters for enforcing our laws, they are the monsters for coming here illegally and in some cases pro-creating and making families that now carry their burden, THEY ARE THE MONSTERS! If I sneak into a concert at the Gorge, when I’m caught I don’t get taken to the front of the entry line, and the amount of time I’ve been inside the event has nothing to do with my removal, unlawful entry is unlawful entry!

    Amnesty isn’t going to happen! Sorry if you don’t like it, but too bad, build a bridge, get over it, and start immigrating here legally like all the other generations of Americans.

    Gay Urban Hipster in Seattle

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  4. Old Man Dotes on May 5th, 2010 2:22 pm

    I am extremely disappointed with Arizona. You need to learn to keep your racist bigotry in the closet and out of the light of day. People need to be able to visit Arizona and enjoy the scenery and spend tourist dollars without fearing that they will be jailed for leaving their hotel room without their wallets. Why don’t you bigots go live in Japan or North Korea, where racial bigotry is considered normal and acceptable?

  5. Alyssa on May 5th, 2010 2:45 pm

    I am glad that Arizona is feeling the effects of their new law. This is going to affect them a great deal; more than it already has im sure. Although, im also sure they didnt pass this law thinking that people would just say OK and go along with it, so it will be interesting to see how this unfolds. i for one am against the bill. its racist, and ‘Nazi’ like. I think anyone and everyone should speak out against it. These players are supposed to represent their city and state and how can they do that and not speak out against things that their state is doing? its not like the Suns get involved in every political issue, but this affects them directly, so im glad that they are taking the time to be involved in whats gong on in their community. im sure if they supported this than people criticizing them now for speaking against it would be all for them speaking out! probably even encourage them!

  6. Mike gentile on May 5th, 2010 2:50 pm

    Yes lets let all of Mexico in. I don’t care if illegals take American jobs. I will give up my job and the English language and learn Spanish because I believe in Diversity. What a joke!

  7. JoeSponge on May 5th, 2010 3:54 pm

    That’s a laugh!
    @Alyssa : “I am glad that Arizona is feeling the effects of their new law. ”

    What part, the 100k ILLEGAL immigrants who have left AZ because they fear real law enforcement? Or the support that AZ is getting from concerned CITIZENS from all over the US?

    What’s the math this week?

    “12-20 MILLIONS of ILLEGAL Aliens in the US”? Figure that at a minimum, at least 25% hold jobs (illegally). If they were to leave the US, what would that do to the unemployment rolls? What would be difference be to NOT have the social/medical expenditures paid for by real citizens? What would be the difference of the money not being sent out of country? What would that do to the load on the criminal justice system (in reducing a little of the load on over-burdened police officers, prison rolls, etc.)? What would it do for the over-crowded schools?

    To me, it looks like everybody (who is here legally) would win. Yeah!

    Now, how to DO it? Well, ONE thing would be to ENFORCE THE FRICKIN’ LAW. Something that a lot of boneheads don’t want to do because “it’s hurtful”.

    EVERY OTHER COUNTRY IN THE WORLD gets to enforce their borders… why not America?

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  9. Duke Barko on May 5th, 2010 8:39 pm

    So the Phoenix Suns think the new AZ Illegal Immigration law is unfair & will support that opinion by wearing their “Los Suns” jerseys tonight in their game against San Antonio. Well let the boycott start within our own state as of tonight Phoenix Sun…no Más! I will not support a team that will not support my state. T.he players may well have an opinion, but the team as a whole should take a sideline on this topic. PHOENIX SUNS…No Más!

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  11. alan stanwyck on May 5th, 2010 9:13 pm

    We’ll Mr Kerr is another idiot who didn’t read the bill. He also played at the U of A therefore he has an excuse for being stupid and he probably cannot read. My official 37 year run of being a loyal suns fan is over. Go Spurs! I hope they kick the crap out of PHX four straight so the anti-American suns can go home and all of the hispanics who work at the arena can thank Mr. Sarver, Mr Kerr, and another idiot Mr. Nash for their financial losses.

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  13. Alyssa on May 6th, 2010 9:55 am

    People dont have a problem with this law because they want people to stay here illegally, its the fact that this law is FORCING officers to discriminate and use racial profiling, which is unconstitutional. no i dont think people should stay here illegally, but i dont think racial profiling is the way to solve it. now, if they used this for EVERYONE blacks, whites (you could be from germany or sweden or any where else), asians, etc then fine, but to ONLY target mexican/latino people, NOW THATS A JOKE!!! and as someone of another race would you be ok with getting hassled by every cop you passed to show them papers? no you wouldnt.

  14. Former Long Time Suns Fan on May 6th, 2010 11:28 am

    The Suns players and management have taken their stand on the immigration law without any first hand knowledge of what they are talking about. I invite any of them to come with me for an outing in our beautiful southern Arizona desert to see all the trash and debris laying everywhere. If any of them have the guts to take a look instead of flapping their jaws, I suggest they bring a firearm or one will be provided for them. You see, the truth is that we as residents in this state cannot even feel safe going out and enjoying areas that we formerly enjoyed without seeing drug backpackers or illegal crossers on a regular basis. If they choose to come and do not want the offered firearm, I will do my best to protect them, but they would probably feel safer in their own nice homes or the gym.

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