In Light of Arizona Law, Carlos Beltran May Boycott 2011 All-Star Game
In fact, the New York Mets' center fielder is unsure if he would attend next season's All-Star Game in Phoenix if selected.
"Would I come? I don't know," Beltran told the New York Daily News on Tuesday.
"I'm from Puerto Rico, so I don't have that issue. But still, who knows? -- If I'm walking around here, and they see me speaking Spanish, who knows what might happen? I don't know where that's going to end up, but I don't agree with it."
Arizona's law, set to go into effect July 28, gives police the right to demand proof of citizenship on the suspicion that someone may be an illegal immigrant.
As such, Major League Baseball, which employs many Latino players -- even if they are of legal immigrant status -- may have a problem on its hands.
St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols and Milwaukee Brewers reliever Yovani Gallardo, among others, have expressed their discontent with the law. However, baseball commissioner Bud Selig -- never one to be ahead of the curve -- has said that the Midsummer Classic will not be moved from the Diamondbacks' Chase Field.
Beltran, not only upset with what many consider to be racial profiling, also suggested that Arizona may suffer economically because of the new law.
"I'm against this law," Beltran told the Daily News. "There are a lot of Latinos who come here and try to have a better future. It's hard for the people who come here from Mexico to this country.
"What's going to happen is, all these Latinos that come to work hard, and they do work that not a lot of people want to do, the hard work -- that's going to be affected," Beltran said. "In the end, Arizona will notice that the law they implemented ... in their heads they think it's the right law, but I don't think it's the right law."