'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?
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: