Washington (CNN) – Anger over Arizona's controversial immigration law is entering a new arena. The sports arena, to be precise.
The Phoenix Suns will wear special basketball jerseys in Game Two of their Western Conference Playoff Series on Wednesday against the San Antonio Spurs. The jerseys will be emblazoned with the words, "Los Suns."
Team officials decided to express their frustration with the new law in conjunction with Wednesday's celebration of Mexican heritage on the Cinco de Mayo holiday.
"Our players and organization felt that wearing our "Los Suns" jerseys on Cinco de Mayo was a way for our team and our organization to honor our Latino community and the diversity of our league, the State of Arizona, and our nation," Suns Managing Partner Robert Sarver wrote in a statement.
"The frustration with the federal government's failure to deal with the issue of illegal immigration resulted in passage of a flawed state law," Sarver said. "However intended, the result of passing this law is that our basic principles of equal rights and protection under the law are being called into question, and Arizona's already struggling economy will suffer even further setbacks at a time when the state can ill-afford them."
The National Basketball Association approved the Suns' decision to wear the "Los Suns" jerseys for Game Two.
Basketball is not the only sport being mentioned in relation to Arizona's immigration law. Critics of the law are pressuring Major League Baseball to pull the 2011 All-Star Game out of Phoenix if the law is not changed.
Arizona's immigration law will allow police to demand proof of legal residency when it goes into effect in 90 days. State lawmakers say the law is necessary because the federal government has failed to enforce border security with Mexico, allowing more than 450,000 illegal immigrants to move into the state. Critics say the law is unconstitutional and will lead to racial profiling, which is illegal.
Gov. Jan Brewer said changes to the law that she approved Friday, which clarify that police could only stop suspected illegal immigrants while enforcing some other law or ordinance, should eliminate concerns about racial profiling.