Yesterday, dozens gathered in front of the Staples Center in Los Angeles before the L.A. Lakers-Phoenix Suns game to protest Lakers coach Phil Jackson’s tacit endorsement of Arizona’s new immigration law, SB-1070. In the past, Coach Jackson has said, “I support those who stand up for their beliefs. It is what makes this country great.” In reference to the anti-immigrant Arizona law, however, he staked a less courageous stand, telling the press, “I don’t think teams should get involved in the political stuff.”
Jackson’s advice didn’t stop the part-Latina wife of Lakers star, Kobe Bryant, from making her opinion known. ProBasketballTalk reports:
Vanessa Bryant is part Hispanic and she wore a shirt that said, “Do I look illegal?” to the game.
The reference was clear.
She — and often the couple’s daughters — are regulars at Lakers games. They tend to stay out of the limelight, as much as that is possible for a high-profile family. But she gets noticed, and used that to make a statement at Game 1 against Arizona.
Below is a picture of Bryant’s shirt that she wore to the game:
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has sent a letter to Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon jokingly proposing that if the Lakers lost, Los Angeles would accept anti-immigrant Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County. “Perhaps a stint in Los Angeles would teach him that you cannot deduce immigration status simply by looking at a person,” said Villaraigosa.
The Latina wife of San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker and Desperate Housewives star, Eva Longoria Parker, has chosen to express her opposition to Arizona immigration law via Twitter. In one tweet she wrote, “Well sad to say Spurs lost to Suns. Another reason to be mad at AZ.”