NBA’s Los Suns Jump Into Immigration Fight

By David Schoetz

May 5, 2010 11:36am

The battle over Arizona's controversial new immigration policy continues, with city councils in Flagstaff and Tucson voting yesterday to sue the state over the law. The policy has also inflamed passions in the world of sport, where last week, there was a call to move the 2011 Major League Baseball All-Star game out of Arizona in protest. Tonight, it is the NBA Phoenix Suns, leading their series 1-0 against the San Antonio Spurs, who will express a collective disapproval by wearing jerseys that read "Los Suns." Here's the statement in full from Suns Managing Partner Robert Sarver: "Our players and organization felt that wearing our 'Los Suns' jerseys on Cinco de Mayo was a way for our team and 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 questions, and Arizona's already struggling economy will suffer even further setbacks at a time when the state can ill-afford them." The NBA Players Association is onboard, as is San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who said they would play as "Los Spurs" but couldn't get custom road jerseys made by tonight's Cinco de Mayo tip.  Steve Nash, the Suns' South African born, Canadian-raised MVP point guard pictured above, called the law "very misguided" and the team's jersey decision "fantastic." "[The league has] players from all over the world, and our Latino community here is very strong and important to us," Nash said. Politics and sport, together again. Click HERE to weigh in on the original question: "Arizona's Immigration Law: Right or Wrong?"

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