Romo speaks on difficulties of playing in Arizona

Romo speaks on difficulties of playing in Arizona
March 7, 2013, 8:45 am
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Giants closer Sergio Romo says he has been "pulled over numerous times" while driving in Arizona. (USA Today Images)

Giants closer Sergio Romo will put the Mexican jersey on today as Mexico plays its first  game in the 2013 World baseball Classic.

But it hasn't been all smooth sailing for the World Series champ.

Romo and his fellow countrymen are playing three WBC games in Arizona this week, a state that has gained a reputation for racially profiling people with dark skin. And by putting on a jersey with "Mexico" across the front, they are putting a bullseye on their chest.

In a story by Jeff Passan on Yahoo.com, Romo talked about the difficulties of playing in Arizona.

"I've been pulled over numerous times, driving a nice car. The first question is: What's your citizenship? The second question: Is this your car? And then: What do you do for a living? And it's like, "Bro, you're Mexican just like me.' 'Ah, but I was born here.' And I say, 'So was I.' "

Romo made national headlines by wearing a t-shirt with the words "I Just Look Illegal" during the Giants' World Series Parade, and he talked about why he chose to wear that shirt.

"That was a way to put out a statement. I've been humbly put on a stage, a platform, and it was more of a statement to prove it doesn't matter who you are, what you've done in your life, the color of your skin. Everyone should get treated the same."

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