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4 Major LA Clippers Sponsors Pull Out in Wake of Donald Sterling Racist Rant

6/17/2014

By Tony Maglio
TheWrap

The Los Angeles Clippers are going to need to find new ways to travel, and to insure the vehicles that get them there.

CarMax, Kia, Virgin America and State Farm have all pulled support from the professional basketball team as the fallout from Donald Sterling's racist rant continues. This weekend, recordings with racist comments being made were released and attributed to the Clippers owner.

State Farm and Kia are perhaps the most publicly damning as they have the two faces from the L.A. Clippers franchise, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, respectively, as the spokesmen for their services and products. Paul also happens to be the president of the National Basketball Association Players' Association, though so far he has yielded power to former player and current Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson.

Also read:  Hollywood Rips Clippers Owner Donald Sterling for Racist Remarks

Here are the companies' statements:

CarMax
"CarMax finds the statements attributed to the Clippers' owner completely unacceptable. These views directly conflict with CarMax's culture of respect for all individuals. While we have been a proud Clippers sponsor for 9 years and support the team, fans and community, these statements necessitate that CarMax end its sponsorship."

Kia
"The comments allegedly made by Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, are offensive and reprehensible, and they are inconsistent with our views and values. We are suspending our advertising and sponsorship activations with the Clippers. Meanwhile, as fans of the game of basketball, our support of the players and the sport is unwavering."

Also read:  Donald Sterling's Wife Condemns His 'Despicable' Comments, Supports Los Angeles Clippers

Virgin America
"While we continue to support the fans and the players, Virgin America has made the decision to end its sponsorship of the L.A. Clippers," a Virgin America spokesperson told TheWrap.

State Farm
"The remarks attributed to the Clippers' owner are offensive. While those involved sort out the facts, we will be taking a pause in our relationship with the organization. We are monitoring the situation and we'll continually assess our options. We have a great relationship with Chris Paul and will continue supporting the Born to Assist advertising campaign involving Chris and now other NBA players."

See video:  NBA Players' Rep Kevin Johnson: Ban Donald Sterling From Playoffs

Watch "Born to Assist" and "Griffin Force" ads below:

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