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'Los Suns': The NBA vs. Arizona
The NBA's Phoenix Suns have made a one-time change in their uniforms to protest Arizona's new immigration law. Is that unsporting?
 
The Phoenix Suns are taking a stand against Arizona's immigration law.
The Phoenix Suns are taking a stand against Arizona's immigration law.
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Basketball and politics rarely mix. But in an NBA playoff game tonight, the Phoenix Suns are planning to don jerseys that read "Los Suns" as a protest against Arizona's new immigration law, which many critics say will lead to racial profiling against Hispanics. Suns owner Robert Sarver reportedly came up with the idea for a Cinco de Mayo-themed protest, and the players approved it. "[The law] opens up the potential for...racism," said the Suns' star point-guard Steve Nash. Some commentators think the display is out of place, though. It's a tacky "stunt," says Michelle Malkin on her website. Maybe "Sarver should stop shoving politics down his ticket-buyers’ throats."  Actually, NBA owners have reason to be involved in this issue, says Matthew Yglesias in Think Progress, because "the flow of foreign talent to our shores makes the NBA a better product." Watch Steve Nash talk about the decision below:

 

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