Phoenix will 'honor our Latino community' with 'Los Suns' jerseys Wednesday
In a response to Arizona's controversial new illegal immigrant law, the Phoenix Suns will wear their "Los Suns" jerseys for Wednesday's Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals against San Antonio, Suns owner Robert Sarver said.
Sarver said the jerseys, which will be worn on the Cinco de Mayo holiday, are meant "to honor our Latino community and the diversity of our league, the state of Arizona, and our nation."
In a statement, Sarver blamed the federal government's failure to deal with the issue of illegal immigration for the passing of Arizona's "flawed state law" and added that the law challenges "our basic principles of equal rights and protection under the law."
The law has become an issue in Major League Baseball, with calls for the league's 2011 All-Star game to be moved out of Phoenix in protest and a coalition of immigrant-rights groups in Arizona has called for protests and boycotts wherever the Diamondbacks play. The baseball players' union has also called for the law to be "repealed or modified promptly."
(The law, as it relates to Major League Baseball, is also a hot topic of discussion among Tribune Co. reporters and readers today.)
-- Chuck Schilken
The Associated Press contributed to this report.