Activists Protest Phil Jackson at Staples Center For Supporting Arizona Immigration Law (Video) …Update: Students Given Credits to Join Protest
Illegal immigrant activists held a protest outside the Staples Center tonight to demonstrate against LA Laker’s coach Phil Jackson. The NBA coach argued this week that the Arizona immigration bill “usurped” federal law, saying it “gave it some teeth to be able to enforce it.”
The leftist protesters painted their standard swastika on the American flag.
Notice the kids at the end of the video said they were students who were protesting for credits.
Lakers coach Phil Jackson is under fire — and it’s got nothing to do with a basketball decision. His support of Arizona’s Senate Bill 1070 has some L.A. natives redrawing their rooting allegiances along political lines for the upcoming Western Conference finals.
Activists plan to demonstrate outside the Staples Center before Monday’s Game 1 to protest the 10-time champion’s stance on Arizona’s racially divisive bill, which has already prompted L.A. city council to vote 13-1 to “ban most travel there and to forego future business contracts with companies headquartered in the state.”
AltoArizona.com has led the charge by starting a petition that urges Jackson to “Stand with Los Angeles,” painting the “Zen Master” as anything but one with the community.
But in comments made to the ESPN.com’s J.A. Adande, Jackson made it clear he doesn’t believe his opinion betrays the Lakers’ large Hispanic fan base.
“Am I crazy, or am I the only one that heard [the legislature] say, ‘We just took the United States immigration law and adopted it to our state?'” Jackson told Adande.
Jackson then countered Adande’s argument that the bill “usurped” federal law, saying it “gave it some teeth to be able to enforce it.”