Lest you believe Phoenix PG Steve Nash is the only member of Arizona’s lone NBA entry capable of making a sartorial political statement, Robert Sarver became the first owner of a major U.S. sports franchise to make a public stand against Arizona’s SB 1070 bill. From the Arizona Republic’s Paul Coro :
In announcing that the Suns would wear their “Los Suns” jerseys in recognition of playing Game 2 against San Antonio on Cinco de Mayo on Wednesday, Sarver (above) also addressed the immigration bill that has been a divisive national topic since Gov. Jan Brewer enacted it into law April 23.
“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.”
After the Suns won their first-round series in Portland on Thursday, Sarver made the decision that he wanted the Suns to wear the orange “Los Suns” jerseys, which Phoenix wore in two March home wins for the NBA’s Noche Latina marketing. In a team meeting at Sarver’s house Saturday, the players were unanimously in favor of wearing them on Cinco de Mayo, Sarver said by phone.
“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.”