Used car chain CarMax, KIA, energy drink producer AQUAhydrate, auto title company LoanMart and State Farm are cancelling or suspending their sponsorship of the LA Clippers following the reported racist rant by the team’s Jewish owner, Donald Sterling.
“CarMax finds the statements attributed to the Clippers’ owner completely unacceptable,” the company said in a statement. “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.”
State Farm said, “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 [Clippers point guard] Chris Paul and will continue supporting the Born to Assist advertising campaign involving Chris and now other NBA players.”
Richard Branson’s Virgin America also has ended its sponsorship of the Clippers, saying, “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.”