Holiday Turns Political For Suns, NBA Players
As a part of a tribute to the NBA's Hispanic fan base, in recent years the league has introduced alternate jerseys for some teams ("Los Suns", "Los Spurs", and "El Heat" among others). While a bit cheesy, it's a fairly simple way to say thanks to those loyal fans, and the Phoenix Suns now intend to use those jerseys to accomplish two goals.
Phoenix Suns owner Kevin Sarver announced that the Suns will be wearing their Latino alternates for tonight's Game Two against San Antonio, a game which just happens to fall on Cinco De Mayo. The Spurs have already said that they would have done the same, but couldn't get road "Los Spurs" jerseys in time.
That bit of poor planning aside, it was also a chance, in his announcement press conference, for Sarver to take a crack at recent legislation in the state of Arizona that makes being an illegal immigrant a crime, and which allows law enforcement to question citizens about their legality based on "reasonable suspicion."
The legislation, referred to most generously by President Obama as "misguided." has garnered the outrage of many. Steve Nash noted that the entire Suns team did not hesitate to go along with the message. The story also crosses between sports
Major League Baseball has already recieved calls for next year's All-Star Game to be moved from Bank One Park in Phoenix, and several other teams have threatened to raise hell and move their spring training sites to another state as well.
Now with the NBA getting involved, it will be interesting to see what, if anything, Arizona state legislature does to backtrack and fix what may only be a small mistake in judgement, but could now be a huge error with far-reaching financial consequences.
Kudos to Sarver for using some very clever timing to help push the issue further.