Lakers Fans To ‘Protest’ Jackson AZ Law Support

An Orange County (CA) political blog run by the former Hispanic Outreach Director for the Republican Party of Orange County is planning a protest outside Staples Center on May 17 before Game 1 of the Lakers-Suns playoff game.

Phil Jackson banner fans to protest Lakers coach stance on Arizona immigration law

(How flattering)

Friday Santa Ana resident Art Fedora asked readers to join him before Monday’s game at 5pm “to denounce Lakers Coach Phil Jackson for his support of Racist Arizona bill SB1070.” Fedora added in his posted request, “What if during a basketball Game in Arizona, Lakers Fans get questioned about their immigration status?

The “protest” stems from comments made by Jackson earlier this month to the media about Arizona’s pending immigration enforcement law. On May 5, the coach told J.A. Adande:

“If I heard it right the American people are really for stronger immigration laws, if I’m not mistaken. Where we stand as basketball teams, we should let that kind of play out and let the political end of that go where it’s going to go.”

More Jackson on SB 1070:

Am I crazy, or am I the only one that heard [the legislature] say ‘we just took the United States immigration law and adapted it to our state.’

It’s not usurping, it’s just copying it is what they said they did, and then they gave it some teeth to be able to enforce it.

Ironic coming from Jackson who Adande noted, “has showed lefty leanings in the past.” Also interesting to note that Staples Center protest organizer Fedora once worked for the Republican party in an official capacity.

As for public sentiment in Los Angeles about the new Arizona law, yesterday I noted an L.A. TIMES poll that asked readers their opinion of the L.A. City Council voting to boycott Arizona because of the recently passed AZ Senate Bill.

Here’s an update on those poll results:

Los Angeles Times Immigration Poll

Appears the L.A.P.D can hold off on the water cannon on Monday, Jackson’s plenty of company on the his side of the issue. (That’s a joke kiddos.)

Why do I have a feeling none of this ill will among Lakers fans, at least as it pertains to Jackson, would be happening if the Suns hadn’t decided to get political on the issue?