To mark Cinco de Mayo on Wednesday -- and protest Arizona's controversial new immigration law -- the Phoenix Suns will wear jerseys saying "Los Suns" during Game 2 of their playoff series with the San Antonio Spurs.
Suns Managing Partner Robert Sarver made the announcement in a statement released on Tuesday:
The frustration with the federal government's failure to deal with the issue of illegal immigration resulted in passage of a flawed state law. 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.
The Suns have worn these jerseys before, as part of the NBA's Noche Latina marketing campaign. After the Suns won their first-round series in Portland on Thursday, Sarver said he wanted the Suns to wear them again.
In a team meeting at Sarver's house on Saturday, the players voted unanimously to wear them.
"I looked around our plane and looked at our players and the diversity in our organization," Sarver said in a telephone interview. "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."
Sports is playing a major role in the immigration controversy. There is a call for Major League Baseball to move next year's All-Star game from Arizona if the state does not repeal the law. And many are calling for a boycott of the state's MLB team, the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The law allows police to check anyone's immigration status if they have just a suspicion the person might be illegal.