This is a copy of a letter I sent to The NBA tonight, regarding the "Los Suns" jerseys and the statements made by Suns players and management. I wrote this letter while the pre-game show was airing on TNT, and was absolutely appalled by their uneducated rhetoric.
While I understand that team owners, management, and players may have opinions, it might be a prudent business decision for the NBA and its teams to distance themselves from politically sensitive issues.
In particular I am writing about The Phoenix Suns recent decision to wear their "Los Suns" jerseys. If done only in honor of 'Cinco de Mayo' this would be fine, but all levels of the team from owner Robert Sarver to players on the court have been outspoken in interviews.
The NBA might be well served to remember that polling shows around seventy percent of Arizonans, as well as more than fifty percent of Americans nationwide, support Arizona S.B. 1070.
Furthermore, when in an interview Grant Hill says, "There's certain things I don't like about it, the little I know of it," the truth is revealed to be that these players are not politicians and in all likelihood have not read the bill, therefore do not know or understand that of which they speak.
Please remember it was NBA superstar Michael Jordan who said, "Republicans buy shoes too." He had the intelligence and insight to understand that if he wished for his business to succeed and his income to grow, perhaps he should keep his politics to himself.
One final note - I just watched the pre-game on TNT, and I would like to tell you that everyone on that staff has little to no understanding of the facts of the law. They are guilty of spreading misinformation, which is worse than not saying anything at all.
Thank you for your time and attention to this letter.
The letter was inspired by the discussion going on at Z's blog. She may be a Lakers fan, but she's alright by me...
If any of you would like to contact the NBA, feel free to do so here.