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Suns will wear "Los Suns" Jerseys as part of Arizona immigration bill protest

May 4, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

This took some real cajones.

The controversial immigration bill (SB 1070) just signed into law in Arizona — which allows police making a “legal contact” to demand citizenship papers and makes it illegal not to have them on you — is popular with the majority of voters in the state. Those people are the Suns fan base, the people who fill the US Airways Center, and will again Wednesday night.

And they will see a home team wearing their “Los Suns” jerseys, part of a protest of the bill that included bold statements from several players and the team owner in opposition to it. A protest that was voted on and approved in the Suns locker room and by management will take place on Cinco do Mayo.

The politically active Steve Nash spoke out against the law, as Bright Side of the Sun reported.

“I think the law is very misguided. I think it is unfortunately to the detriment to our society and our civil liberties and I think it is very important for us to stand up for things we believe in,” Nash said of the bill. “I think the law obviously can target opportunities for racial profiling. Things we don’t want to see and don’t need to see in 2010.”

Team owner Robert Sarver added his voice, via the Arizona Republic:

“The frustration with the federal government’s failure to deal with the issue of illegal immigration resulted in passage of a flawed state law,” Sarver said in a statement released by the Suns on Tuesday morning. “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.”

“I looked around our plane and looked at our players and the diversity in our organization,” Sarver said. “I thought we need to go on record that we honor our diversity in our team, in the NBA and we need to show support for that. As for the political part of that, that’s my statement.”

Immigration is a complex issue, one where economic and trade policies of many nations impact local economies and force people to migrate to find economic safety and a better way of life. It has been that way since the first cities were formed. And almost since that time, laws have been put up to stop this immigration. Like so many things in our nation, this is a complex problem with politicians trying to implement simplistic answers and often failing to do even that.

But whatever you think of the new law, you have to admit it takes some real balls for the Suns to make this statement in defiance of their fan base. Or cajones, if you prefer. Although, shouldn’t the jerseys really read, “Los Sols?”

696 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Anonymous - May 6, 2010 at 12:25 AM

    My prayers for you to get stop by the police
    and be force to prove your legal status in
    this country.
    Sorry!! If you are from Mexico descent at one point somebody in your family tree were undocumented; especially if they were fruit pickers…

  2. James - May 6, 2010 at 12:25 AM

    That is about the most ignorant statement I have ever heard.

  3. 123 - May 6, 2010 at 12:27 AM

    like i said earlier…where did ur family come from Louis58? nothing makes me sicker than when people like u (“american Hispanics”) think that you are better than illegal immigrants simply because you where born on the other side of the line. Millions of Mexicans would not have to come over here illegally if the process to get papers was not near impossible. Which should write a law to deport racist people like you. The violence u speak about is a result of American drug consumption and weapon flows from the US that are fueling the drug war in mexico. It has nothing to do with illegals that come here in search of honest work

  4. Anonymous - May 6, 2010 at 12:27 AM

    If you read the posts, no one is saying the illegal immigration is ok, that we should allow amnesty for all. What is being said is the law infringes on our very rights as Americans. Since when do we need to show papers? If you are a passenger in a car, no you don’t need to show a license. This is not Russia or North Korea, this is America.
    Doesn’t everyone think we have given up enough rights in this country already? Cameras at intersections, calls being listened in on for the sake of security? The fools that say go ahead do that we are law abiding, we have nothing to hide, well you are now, but you keep letting people take your rights away and some day it will turn into a country where you said something you shouldn’t have, time to see a cell block for you.

  5. Dave - May 6, 2010 at 12:28 AM

    Anyone know where I can get a “Los Suns” jersey?

  6. Ann G - May 6, 2010 at 12:31 AM

    How quickly we all seem to forget that about 5 years ago the Kennedy-McCain (as in John, Mr. Arizona) co-sponsored a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the US Senate. IT WAS VOTED DOWN, mainly by the Republicans who controlled the Senate at the time, but I have to say that there were also Democrats in some states that were against it too. People (like most of you who are slobbering all over the issue right now) couldn’t see past the surface (“illegals” gee then done us wrong!) to to support a fix at the national level. It will never get solved people we the people don’t decide that it is an issue that demands our intelligent responses, not knee-jerk emotional buckshot.

  7. Robert Dittell - May 6, 2010 at 12:35 AM

    Now that the basketball team has taken upon themselves to change their name to protest a law that the majority of voters in their city support, I’m glad they loss their game tonight. Perhaps if their management and their Canadian spokesman (Steve Nash) had read the text of the 1070 law they would not have made such a ridiculous spectacle of themselves and played basketball instead.
    And worst yet, not even knowing how to say “The Suns” in Spanish, they show the rest of the world their ignorance by using “Los Suns” on their uniforms instead of the correct spelling of “Los Soles”.
    I hope next time they involve themselves in the sport of basketball and stay out of politics.

  8. Tyler not a suns fan any longer - May 6, 2010 at 12:39 AM

    amen. amen amen. Let all the legal immigrants in. keep the illegal immigrants out. no more sun tickets and no more suns shirts, hats etc. the friends who have offered season tickets……….don’t bother and don’t renew next year.

  9. Michael - May 6, 2010 at 12:41 AM

    I agree the Federal governemnt needs to do its consitutional job of protecting this country, and that starts first and doremost at our borders.
    However, just because arresting murderers, bank robbers, car theives, shop lifters or drunk drivers will never stop those crimes from happening or even stop those arrested from doing it again- there *must* still be consequences, there must still be punishment for those that break our laws. Without consequences laws are useless, and it is *not* fair for those of us who do the right things and understand the rule of law. Enough is enough- enforce the immigration laws of this land and protect the borders of this country.
    Perhaps, we need to enact and enforce immigration laws like Mexico has, and execute the punishments with the same retribution that Mexico does… all the while their government douchebags lecture us. Funny, yet truly pathetic such hypocrites.

  10. Ed - May 6, 2010 at 12:47 AM

    Nice stance, Los Suns. That does take some stones to take so public a stance. Thanks for doing so.

  11. JOHN DOE - May 6, 2010 at 12:47 AM

    This would be akin to the New York Yankees taking the side of the Empire of Japan, during the Second World War.

  12. Anonymous - May 6, 2010 at 12:48 AM

    And there are STILL hidden death panels in the health care reform bill, right?
    And no matter how many times you see his Hawaiian birth certificate, you still don’t believe Obama was born in the USA, right?
    You moron…it must have taken you hours to write up the nonsense BS in your post. Be a good boy and continue taking the medications the nice doctor prescribed for you, ok? And loosen your tin foil hat a little, too… I think it’s a little tight and it’s cutting off blood circulation to your pea-sized, demented brain.
    Do you get it now?

  13. Richard - May 6, 2010 at 12:49 AM

    The Suns just got me to buy 4 new seasons tix! I am VERY PROUD of them, as a team and as human beings.
    I applaud people (team and others) that will stand up for what they believe. I celebrate the triumph of logic, compasion and the REAL american principles.

  14. Anonymous - May 6, 2010 at 12:50 AM

    You are very correct, there must be consequences. But shipping back a handful so they can come over does nothing. Murders get jailed for life or executed, we take people out of society (or supposedly we try), those are consequences. Drunk drivers in this state los etheir license and cars, problem solved. This law does nothing, it simply makes their month a bit tougher and then they are back.
    No one is saying something doesn’t need to happen but because my grandparents came from Italy and I have darker skin, I should be asked to prove I American, wrong. The law is dumb, you’d rather waste police budget sending back some people picking fruit then stopping the crack house? It fixes NOTHING. We need a real immigration policy, anything short of that is a waste of resources and money.

  15. Michael - May 6, 2010 at 12:52 AM

    You are just ignorant of the reality. This country allows and processes 800,000 to 1 million legal immigrants evry single year. By far, more than any other country in the world. The process is *not* impossible. But, *so many* people want to come here, it is a huge undertaking. Every country has immigration laws. Please, take a look at the hypocrites in Mexico and their immigration laws and their process, and their consequences of breaking their laws.
    Yet, Mexican officials lecture us. Pathetic.

  16. bobthebaker - May 6, 2010 at 12:52 AM

    I completely agree with you. basketball is a game. what the players want to do with their ideas is their own choice. why bother worrying about what they say? if you like them because of their basketball playing and their ability you would respect them. if you don’t like what they’re doing in what they believe in, you obviously weren’t a real supporter in the first place.

  17. Michael G - May 6, 2010 at 12:55 AM

    Seriously? Did you just blame Obama for the immigration status in America, completely ignoring the 8 years of Bush doing nothing about it before him? Seriously? Are you that blinded by your partisanism?

  18. Anonymous - May 6, 2010 at 12:56 AM

    I was born in Phoenix..I have seen a lot of changes, some good some bad. One of the worse changes that I have seen is the numbers growing of latino border jumpers flooding the parking lots of our home depot’s, our construction sites.. our street corners. Lets look at the real truth.. There are no border jumpers trying to take basketball positions for sub par pay. However.. If you work in construction then you have noticed how our pay scale is so far below what it should be.. why is this… well.. why should anyone -pay a man 15 bucks an hr.. (thats not a lot these days) but why pay that when you can just go to home depot, pick up a few mexicans with no papers.. pay em under the table.. and not to mention , pay them 8-9 bucks an hr…
    It may be great for your immigrant workers who share a 1 br apt with 15 of your cousins and all your women collect our tax dollars in food stamps… but for us tax paying American workers that dont cut it. I hope the Suns.. (my home team) NEVER sale another ticket over this.. I cant wait to see how they fall and never come back. They were supposed to be a team for Arizona.. that HELPED the economy by ticket sales and memorabilia … now they support what is killing the working class Americans right here at the home front…. in my opinion jumping our borders and damaging our American economy is nothing less then a form of terrorism and should be treated as such. not supported . as for them taking only the jobs nobody else wants.. open your eyes … go drive by a few construction sites.. see the the ratio between mexican and americans and then say that…then while your at it.. realize that these are YOUR coutrymen who are loosing out on work because of this crap..

  19. Bill - May 6, 2010 at 12:56 AM

    So the white hood stays on, anonymous? How about the rest of you Mexican haters? Do you have the guts to say that’s what this is about? Cowards, all of you. If you’re a bigot, stand up and yell it for all the world to hear. Hiding behind the law as if it’s all about “fairness” for you is lying to me, God and everyone.

  20. Susan - May 6, 2010 at 12:57 AM

    I applaud the Suns for taking a stand against a racist law. There are a lot of Hispanics here legally and should not be profiled. This is America. You shouldn’t be afraid to walk the streets because someone might ask for your papers.
    Not all athletes are a-holes.

  21. R - May 6, 2010 at 12:58 AM

    You say our President has been in office 15 months. He said he would take of protecting our borders within a 100 days of him taking office. Where is our help. I for one am for the law and have lived in Yuma, AZ. since 1969 so you cannot tell anything about this bill that is wrong. LEGAL means LEGAL and that is all I want. They take away benefits and jobs from people that are here LEGAL. So give a rest. You have no clue want the hell you are talking about!!!!!!

  22. Michael - May 6, 2010 at 1:03 AM

    If the Federal government did their Consitutional duty and protect our country by protecting our borders and enforce our immigration laws- such resentment, frustration and anger over illegal immigration would not be at a near boiling point and states like Arizona would not feel like they have no other choice but to take matters into their own hands.

  23. Anonymous - May 6, 2010 at 1:06 AM

    You are blaming the immigrants for taking construction jobs? Come on, it has NOTHING to do with them. It’s the fact that the ALMIGHTY DOLLAR runs this country. It’s really easy, instead of worrying about checking papers, you actually (I know this is gonna sound crazy) audit companies and actually make sure that people working there are actually legal…holy cow, novel huh? Since people in this country would rather make cash than support Americans (and believe me, I completely agree with you here that the American worker is getting screwed) then you force the issue. Before introducing new laws, how about we enforce the ones we have, yeah you need a valid green card or SSN before I let you work. Caught with illegal folks in your company cause you don’t want to pay fair wages, so long, license pulled, indicted, etc. Send a few company owners to jail instead of a 500 fine and see how quickly they stop hiring. But it will never happen cause the dollar rules all.

  24. MJCAZ - May 6, 2010 at 1:10 AM

    I thought what the Suns did was extremely racist to Latinos. They basically are implying or admitting that most illegal immigrants are Hispanic. Will they were McSuns jerseys on Saint Patrick’s Day to support illegal Irish Immigrants?

  25. S Max - May 6, 2010 at 1:12 AM

    The immigration problem began long ago with Ronnie Reagan and remember what he did? He made 12 Million illegal aliens citizens. It was a good idea then and it is now. Don’t blame Obama for the past years of Republican negligence. Remember the Mexicans and Indians were here before we were. Also, the problem we are experiencing is the ones involved in drug trade and there would not be any problem if the United States citizens were not buying it. So take a class in history and learn what this country is about and how it started and the fact that we stole the land from the original natives. Now that we have it, it is up to us to learn to live with the problems we have created. There were 22 years of Republicans in office, with the interim of 8 that were Clinton’s. Who had the most time to screw up….obviously the Repugs

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