Photo from Phoenix SunsIt's Cinco de Mayo, so the Los Suns jerseys on the backs of the Phoenix Suns players tonight could be taken as a nod to the holiday's Mexican roots.
You'd be half right. The Suns' owner, Robert Sarver, announced his players are unanimously behind him in protesting the harsh Arizona immigration law.
That's why they'll be donning the jerseys tonight in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals.
The move is yet another within the notably diverse world of American sports to bring the political issue to the forefront.
Just yesterday a Facebook friend posted a petition from New York's Working Families Party, which enables New Yorkers to add their names to a request that the New York Yankees and Mets boycott the 2011 All-Star Game in Phoenix lest the law be overturned.
The baseball players' union has weighed in on the game already, pushing for MLB Commissioner Bud Selig to strike out on behalf of the myriad immigrants playing on teams throughout both the American and National leagues. With a quarter of the rosters in the MLB made up of foreign-born players, immigrants play a substantial role in the nation's pastime.
But the athletic push-back doesn't end in the major leagues. The NCAA is likewise experiencing an uproar, with suggestions that Glendale, Arizona, lose the ability to host the national championship game -- and along with it substantial economic gains -- unless the law is revoked.
The Suns have received the backing for tonight's move from both NBA Commissioner David Stern and the players' union. The public response may well dictate what the rest of the sports world does.