Accoring to this story, the Phoenix Suns are planning on changing their team name to a Hispanic "Los Suns" to protest Arizona's new "get tough on illegal aliens" law.
PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Suns will wear "Los Suns" on their jerseys in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals on Wednesday night, owner Robert Sarver said, "to honor our Latino community and the diversity of our league, the state of Arizona, and our nation."Fuck you, you punk sell-outs. This isn't about diversity or supporting actual Americans or even hispanics that are here legally--it's about siding with illegal aliens, mostly from Mexico, who are trashing our country and the state of Arizona. The people of Arizona got fed up and decided to do something about it and now every self-described "celebrity" thinks that they naturally have veto power. Hey Suns...if Mexico is so great, why don't you move the team there? That'll sure show America, won't it? But I doubt they will. They're like all of the Hollywood loudmouths who said that they'd move out of America if we elected George W. Bush president in 2000. Hell, that's the main reason I voted for the guy--to get rid of untalented louts like Alec Baldwin.
The decision to wear the jerseys on the Cinco de Mayo holiday stems from a law passed by the Arizona Legislature and signed by Gov. Jan Brewer that has drawn widespread criticism from Latino organizations and civil rights groups that say it could lead to racial profiling of Hispanics. President Barack Obama has called the law "misguided."
Phoenix general manager Steve Kerr said he and Sarver talked about making the gesture as the team flew home from Portland last week.
"We just felt like it was important," Kerr said. "We're in the public eye and this is obviously a huge issue. We acknowledge there are two sides to the issue and there are a lot of dynamics. It's a difficult thing to sift through and there are going to be differing opinions. But what we're focusing on is we want to celebrate the diversity that exists in our state and the diversity that exists in the NBA, make sure that people understand that we know what's going on and we don't agree with the law itself."
The NBA Players Association released a statement criticizing Arizona's immigration law and praising the Suns for the gesture.
"We applaud the actions of Phoenix Suns players and management and join them in taking a stand against the misguided efforts of Arizona lawmakers," the NBAPA said. "We are consulting with our members and our player leadership to determine the most effective way for our union to continue to voice our opposition to this legislation."
But Kerr said "this isn't a huge political stand as much as it is just a celebration of diversity."
He said the Suns called the NBA for approval "and they were all for it."
Suns coach Alvin Gentry didn't want to comment on Arizona's immigration bill and said he was focused on showing appreciation for the Latino community and Arizona's diversity.
"I'm not trying to duck it," Gentry said. "I don't know enough about it to really comment on it. I would think that if it had anything to do with racial profiling, then obviously as an African-American I would not be for anything that had any hint of racial profiling."
"It's going to be great to wear Los Suns," Phoenix's Amare Stoudemire said, "to let the Latin community know that we're behind them 100 percent."
Not to be outdone, ESPN's Jeff MacGregor--a putz masquerading as a sports journalist--penned a snarky column about the people of Arizona, apparently forgetting that he's paid to describe what's happening in sports and if we wanted political commentary, we'd not have to look far to find a ton of people much smarter and more insightful than he is...and most of them probably know more about sports reporting, too. Seriously, MacGregor, if you want to write for Salon, all you have to do is quit ESPN and go over there.
You know what? I'm going to that game. I have a Suns jersey and I plan on just walking down to the court and sitting on the bench. I will be an "undocumented player" and if they try to question my right to be there just because of my skin color (I'm white) my age (old) or my height (not quite basketball player stature)--or if they demand to see my papers (in the form of an NBA contract), then I'm sure that I can find any number of diversity-supporting audience members to march around the court in defense of my right to play.