Yesterday, the Phoenix Suns basketball franchise announced that the team’s players will be wearing “Los Suns” jerseys for their Game 2 playoff game tonight at home against the San Antonio Spurs. Team owner Robert Sarver said the move is meant to “honor our Latino community,” but that it was also meant as a political statement against Arizona’s new anti-immigration law. Yesterday on the Dan Patrick radio show, NBA Hall of Famer — and former Suns power forward — Charles Barkley disparaged the law and said he is “very disappointed” in Sen. John McCain (R-AZ):
BARKLEY: As a black person, I’m always against any form of discrimination or racial profiling. I really respect Adrian Gonzalez for coming out and saying something. I didn’t realize that in the major leagues there’s 30 percent Hispanic players, and in the minor leagues it’s like 50. Those are some daunting numbers. … Living in Arizona, I’m disappointed that we came up with the law. … I’m very disappointed in John McCain. He used to be somebody I really admired and respected. … [M]ost of those immigrants here are busting their hump, doing a great job, and to go after them every couple years because you want to raise hell doing something to get re-elected, that’s disrespectful and disgusting.