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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. dan - May 9, 2010 at 3:37 AM

    Brian in plain spanish…. CHINGA TU MADRE.

  2. dlouis - May 9, 2010 at 2:20 PM

    You realize that turning without a signal or driving with a burnt out brake light could be used a probable cause. I’m white, and my guess is that Sheriff Joe won’t pull me over if I didn’t use my turn signals. That’s the problem with this law, there is too much room for profiling. What is lawful contact? Is it lawful contact when an officer asks you a question on the street about the weather? It’s a shame that this is the only solution that Arizona residents could develop to the issue of illegal immigration. We should have a federal solution, as this is definitely a federal issue.
    Just to prove to all of you that I actually read it, here’s the line:
    And most importantly, it seemed like the crowd at game 2, didn’t really mind the los Suns jerseys.

  3. Anonymous - May 10, 2010 at 10:03 AM

    completely not true. I was a witness to an accident last night on 7th ave & Indian School in Phoenix AZ. There were 3 witnesses. 2 white women, and me. I’m hispanic. Guess who was asked to produce an i.d., and a SSN? ME. The white women were not asked for anything. This is racial profiling & discrimination.

  4. Anonymous - May 12, 2010 at 2:24 AM

    dude your funny, racial profiling is just that, THE PROFILE OF A RACE, so what. If you have ID awesome, if not then get one. By the way im Hispanic and i dont mind getting asked

  5. Curious86 - May 12, 2010 at 6:24 PM

    Just curious but did it ever occur to you people that its not really the Suns players who said Hey lets put these special jerseys on. For all we know they may oppose it and it is the GM for the Suns pushing the issue. They worked hard to make it to the play offs. Should they decide to boycott and give the Lakers the championship over a jersey????

  6. Roger Redmond - May 13, 2010 at 3:31 PM

    The NBA just lost me as a fan for allowing the protest – The people who really suffer are those waiting in line to come into the country the right way.
    Why would any thinking person support breaking the law?

  7. wahhhhhhh - May 14, 2010 at 10:53 AM

    I think it’s racist to ONLY let Mexicans come over here, there’s somewhere between 12-20 million by estimates. What about people from other countries that are not our neighbor and want to come in? How about people from Chad, China, Uganda, we need to let these people in as well. The US is not just for Mexicans, get it.
    So let’s look at it logically here, so Mexico is a few hundred miles from Phoenix as well as other large cities…….uh, so you think most illegals would be from…MEXICO. You guessed correctly, see what happens when you actually think!
    I say lets adopt Mexico’s immigration policy:
    1) You have to be self sufficient, not allowed any government services (like they have any)or jail
    2) Immediate deportation and jail if caught no questions asked no right to see a judge.
    3) Not allowed free speech and protesting anything about the government will land you in jail
    4) Mexican Army on there southern border keeping out “illegal” Guatemalans, Hondurans,shoot first ask questions later policy
    Yes, Mexico is not hypocritical at all, it’s just your imagination
    Now, that being said if I was born in Mexico you bet I would get out of that hell hole of a country and come to the best place in the world. USA….can’t blame them but no excuse
    What’s the deal with all this loyalty to a country that you left because there’s no opportunity, you come here and get medical, schooling, government assistance. You really need to see the light on this one people

  8. Dave-O - May 14, 2010 at 1:32 PM

    Steve Nash’s LOS SUNS jersey is up for bid for his Charity.

  9. LA bias - May 14, 2010 at 11:29 PM

    I am hoping that California will follow the spirit of Arizona’s law and deport anyone showing an Arizona driver’s license or ID and deport them back to Arizona. California citizens should be able to make arrests on anyone suspected of having a fried brain (which, of course, is the profile of anyone from Arizona) and if they can’t prove they’re not from Arizona, out they go.
    We need to build a wall along the California border to keep them Arizonards out. They are taking California jobs, using California facilities and then they ship money back to Arizona. I don’t even think Arizona is a legitimate state..
    The people of California should buy all the land in Arizona, use the illegals down there to fix it up, flip it, and sell it back to Mexico. National Debt is erased with the sale and America has disposed of two shameful problems with one swoop.

  10. onceuponatimeSunfan - May 18, 2010 at 7:56 AM

    Los SUNS — how do you “empty seats” “low ticket sales” “no salary” in any language?

  11. JohnH. - May 18, 2010 at 10:53 AM

    So anonymous are you saying you want to adopt Mexico’s constitution? They,AZ., could get the results desired (illigal immigration lowered) by just enforcing the employer sanctions for hiring undocumented persons. They do not need the “where’s your papers” rutine if they get serious about fines and jail time for managers and owners who hire undocumented. 1st time offense $1,000.00 a head fine. Second time $10,000.00 a head and 30 days in jail. Third time forfiture of all business assets and 3 to 5 years jail. Immigration problem solved. Republicans would never allow a real solution they need the issue along with abortion and gun control to run on. Notice they keep promising but never seriously trying anything even with 6 years with the Senate, House , and President (2000 thru 2006). The Republican’s “True Americans” are anything but, and not to bright either.

  12. JohnH - May 18, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    The hispanic officers of AZ. should start pulling New cars with white drivers over and ask for thier “papers”. They could say” I thought he/she was an illegal from Europe”.If this became the norm I am sure AZ. residents would see the problemwith the law. After all the largest home grown terrorist attack in history was carried out by two thirty something white males.

  13. tidho - May 19, 2010 at 10:59 AM

    They should outlaw police sketches. Those sketches identify a perpitrators race and therefor other people of that race may be called into question for their crimes.
    Police lineups should also have to contain people of at least 4 ethnicities, and no more than one with the same ethnicity as the suspect.

  14. jinCA - May 21, 2010 at 12:58 PM

    Tom you hit the nail right on the head. My experience with hispanics both legal and illegal is that most of them work harder than half of these racist knuckleheads every have.

  15. Peace - May 25, 2010 at 7:07 PM

    I am sickened by all the calls for non-US residents to leave the country. Remember our history, we were founded by settlers from Europe, alienating and killing the people that lived here. Then we built this country on the backs of free labor from Africa, abusing and killing them along the way.
    My question is, who should leave? and who should learn respect for others?
    – not another xenophobe

  16. Jim Mugno - May 27, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    I admired Steve Nash as a player since he was with the Mavs in Dallas.
    Now I hope some illegal steals his car, and does all sorts of damage to him and his family. Get a dictionary and read the definition of the word ILLEGAL. If you support them you should not be here either. I bet the ILLEGALS are not welcomed in your hometown in Canada.

  17. lee - May 27, 2010 at 5:27 PM

    Amen. If it is OK for these illegals to break the law with no punishment, then let’s all take that que and cease and desist paying any taxes any time to any entity. The laws are to be followed or not. So- support the law Mr. Steve Nash or go the hell back to Canada.

  18. who cares fag - May 27, 2010 at 10:00 PM

    The liberal mind is like that of a child…no discipline… accountability… work……give me, give me, give me….we should revolt and not pay taxes to the liberals who spend it all, as if it were their Daddy’s money….bunch of pricks…..rise up, America…take back your country from those that are against God, against what is ethical, and those against nature…

  19. Ron - May 29, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    Your “interpretation” of liberals is of course masking the real point of your post, which is to avoid paying taxes. Of course, that is ultimately a selfish position which declares you immoral in your own right.
    If you choose not to pay taxes, then please don’t use the freeway or highway system. While you are it, please do not use any emergency services as well. Dig a well in your backyard and find your own water. Build an outhouse on your property for the disposal of your own waste.
    I could go on, but I think you get the point.

  20. The Revolution - Jun 1, 2010 at 6:04 PM

    You better get back to your trailer now redneck…the price is right is about to start

  21. miamiheat6 - Dec 7, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    Los is the first part of LOSS, LOST and LOSE. Bad karma. The Marlins wear Los Marlins on their jerseys on Sundays (not because of the immigration thing, just because their is a large hispanic population in south Florida), and they lose most of those games.

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