Major League Baseball and Boston Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez have refused to discuss their stance on Arizona’s anti-illegal immigration legislation after attacking the bill last year before it became law, according to USA Today.
MLB Commissioner Bud Selig has reportedly ignored a number of phone calls on the subject while Gonzalez told the newspaper he refused to answer any questions on the subject. Last year, Gonzalez – who was born and raised in Tijuana, Mexico, said he would have considered boycotting the All-Star Game if it wasn’t moved away from Arizona.
“What I said was misinterpreted,” said Gonzalez when he questioned about his previous remarks. “Especially the way the question was asked. At the time, I didn’t know much about the law. I still don’t.”
The legislation in question made it a misdemeanor for non-US citizens to be in Arizona without carrying US citizenship or official immigration papers. Although several key provisions were struck down in federal court, some believe it still encourages racial profiling.
This year’s MLB All-Star game is being held in Arizona. Somos America, a Phoenix-based civil rights group has reportedly asked fans, players and coaches to where a white ribbon to the game to show solidarity against the immigration law.