From Out of Bounds
As Senate Bill 1070 makes its way across Arizona, leaving behind nothing but scorched earth and the fresh pine scent of a thoroughly-scrubbed border region, residents of that state are lining up behind their respective barricades. On one side you have the people in favor of the new anti-illegal immigration law, who say that it’s not racist at all. On the other you have those who say that it is indeed a racist policy. Guess where the Phoenix Suns stand? The jersey here to the right, which the Suns will be wearing Wednesday night in Game 2 of their Western Conference Playoff Series against the San Antonio Spurs, should give you an indication. I’m not going to try and guess the true intent of the Suns organization, but one thing is undeniable: alienating the Latino community is not exactly good for business.
Statement by Suns Managing Partner Robert Sarver following the jump.
“Our players and organization felt that wearing our “Los Suns” jerseys on Cinco de Mayo was a way for our team and our organization to honor our Latino community and the diversity of our league, the State of Arizona, and our nation. We are proud that 400 players from 36 countries compete in the NBA, and the league and the Suns have always considered that to be a great strength of the NBA.”
“The frustration with the federal government’s failure to deal with the issue of illegal immigration resulted in passage of a flawed state law. However intended, the result of passing this law is that our basic principles of equal rights and protection under the law are being called into question, and Arizona’s already struggling economy will suffer even further setbacks at a time when the state can ill-afford them.”
This isn’t like the SF Giants rocking the “Gigantes” jerseys during a July series with the Pirates. This is the playoffs. Big, big statement here.
SUNS to Wear “Los Suns” Jerseys on Cinco de Mayo [Deep Purple]
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