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Phil Jackson Clarifies his Stance on Arizona's Immigration Law

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With news of an immigration rally outside tonight's Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns game, prompted by Phil Jackson's comments on Arizona's controversial law, the coach himself released a statement today, hoping to clarify any issues.

“I’ve been involved in a number of progressive political issues over the years and I support those who stand up for their beliefs. It is what makes this country great,” he said, according to the LA Times.

“I have respect for those who oppose the new Arizona immigration law, but I am wary of putting entire sports organizations in the middle of political controversies," he continued. "This was the message of my statement. I know others feel differently, even in the Lakers organization, but it was a personal statement. In this regard, it is my wish that this statement not be used by either side to rally activists.”