The Los Angeles Lakers' website shows that the Pechanga Resort and Casino, operated by the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, well know civil rights violators are SPONSORS.
It's funny that Mexican-American groups are calling for a protest over head coach Phil Jackson's comments to ESPN the other day, yet have NO PROBLEM supporting a sports team that takes MONEY from a tribe the actually HAS violated civil and human rights. What's UP WITH THAT?
In an interview with ESPN, Jackson spoke in support of SB 1070 saying, “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.’” When sports reporter J.A. Adande remarked that SB 1070 actually represented “the usurping of federal law,” Jackson responded, “It’s not usurping…. they gave it some teeth to be able to enforce it.”
He then chided his upcoming playoff opponent, the Phoenix Suns, for coming out as a team—from owner to players—against the bill.
“I don’t think teams should get involved in the political stuff,” Jackson said. “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.”
altoarizona.com want has a petition out asking Jackson to stand with Los Angeles, you know, the city whose leader's haven't read the law and are only looking to get press coverage. Ed Reyes is a moron who doesn't know that the AZ law has the same law as our OWN California law, Janice Hahn..a political legacy and not worth much... direct your ire at PECHANGA