They are both wildly successful NBA stars, both members of a Phoenix Suns team battling for a title, both wealthy beyond belief. Most importantly (in regards to this column), they are both universally liked. Whether you're black or white, young or old, rich or poor, Christian or Jewish or Muslim, liberal or conservative, you have to appreciate the way Nash and Hill have handled themselves through the course of their lengthy and distinguished careers.
So, again, there was absolutely nothing for the two men to gain last week.
Which is why their words and actions matter so much.
In the aftermath of Arizona Gov.
Especially telling was this comment from Diamondbacks manager
In other words: Can we (gulp) please talk about something else? Pretty please?
Within two years, odds are Hinch will be gone and forgotten in Phoenix. Managers come, managers go, no one particularly notices. The same, however, cannot be said of Nash and Hill. They are staples of the state; men whose jerseys are adorned by thousands of Arizonans. Yet instead of cowering like so many others, they showed us something refreshing: Social rage. Appearing on ESPN's
Hill loudly praised
Throughout history, moral righteousness has had its place in professional sports. From Robinson to
But -- with the exception of Nash, Hill and San Diego reliever
It's not. Truth is, the new law should have people -- jocks included -- deeply concerned. It means visit Arizona at your own peril. It means certain ethnicities are welcome more than others. It means racism is alive and well in the United States of America.
It means someone needs to take a stand.
Someone with guts.