Look, I don’t like the Lakers. I disliked them even more after Coach Phil Jackson voiced support of the new Arizona Immigration Law. Should politics be left out of sports? Well, I’ll write something on this soon but I think politics is always around us, no matter where we go.
Am I looking at Vanessa Bryant as political leader? No. I have no idea why she did it or how involved she is with the immigration issue. But like having the Suns wear their ‘Los Suns’ jerseys for a game, it’s a subtle political gesture which asks a simple question. She’s allowed to have an opinion and people who disagree with it are allowed to question her on it.
I’ll be supporting the Suns not only because of my hatred for all LA sports teams, but because of how the political stars have lined up this time. But don’t get it twisted, this issue won’t die once the playoffs are over and while Bryant, Jackson, and whoever owns the Suns jump in their pile of money at the end of the day, it’s poor, working class Americans and immigrants who suffer the most because of this issue.
But I appreciate the gesture.
Phil Jackson refused to criticize Arizona imigration law. Some fans protested and Vanessa Bryant, wife of Lakers star Kobe Bryant, wore a T-Shirt that says “Do I Look Illegal?”