Red Bull, State Farm, Kia Motors, Corona, CarMax Abandon Clippers

Posted on April 29th, 2014 at 11:41 am
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The world around Donald Sterling is crumbling.

Not only has Sterling been banned from the NBA and is being urged to sell the LA Clippers because of his racist comments, but fifteen out of eighteen advertisers have pulled or suspended their sponsorships, RumorFix has learned.

CarMax, who has been a sponsor of the Clippers for over nine years released this statement on  Twitter account Monday saying, “The statements attributed to the Clippers’ owner directly conflict with our culture of respect. @CarMax is ending its sponsorship.” Virgin America and Mercedez Benz followed suit and announced they are both ending their sponsorships effective immediately!

State Farm, Kia Motors, Red Bull, LoanMart, Corona and Sprint have all decided to suspend their sponsorship until a full investigation surrounding the insensitive comments has been made. Several sponsors such as Miller Lite, Ford and Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino have yet to comment on their Clippers Sponsorship.

The league’s official beer sponsor released a statement on their company website Monday saying, “As the Official Beer of the NBA, we are disappointed to hear the alleged recent comments attributed to L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling. While Anheuser-Busch and Bud Light are not team sponsors of the L.A. Clippers, we fully support the NBA’s efforts to investigate quickly and trust that they will take appropriate action.”

Sterling has been under fire since Saturday, when TMZ released a recording of him making several racist comments to alleged girlfriend Vanessa Stiviano. In the recording, Sterling is heard ranting to Vanessa about her Instagram photos saying, “It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people.”

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